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Oil Spill

Oil Spill Response Plan Approved

Emergency oil spill response preparations for a major oil train spill took a big step forward this week. The Washington Department of Ecology has approved the state’s first oil spill response plan for the largest freight railroad company in the state, BNSF Railway Company. BNSF owns 1,332 miles of track in the state and delivers oil to refineries at Cherry Point and Ferndale, truck racks in Seattle and Spokane, and terminals in Anacortes and Pasco. With the approved oil spill response plan, BNSF meets Ecology’s more protective requirements. Oil Spill Response Should Be Rapid, Aggressive and Well Coordinated “This...

QIN Receives Grant to Fund Oil Spill Response

In an effort to reduce the impacts of an oil spill when it happens, the Department of Ecology is helping fund emergency response equipment for 11 communities. The Quinault Indian Nation will receive $11,000 to fund trailer tires, training, and spill response kits. In 2016, the Tyee Marina fire in Tacoma and the Port Orchard Yacht Club fire each had a leg up because local emergency responders had a stash of state-funded oil spill response equipment nearby to quickly deploy while Ecology spill responders headed their way. Responders to the 2015 Mosier, Ore., oil train derailment also got a boost...