Our Spills Program is currently conducting studies, rulemaking and engaging with partners under legislation from 2018 and 2019. This work focuses on reducing threats to Southern Resident Killer Whales and improving data analysis, safety of vessel traffic in the Salish Sea, and readiness to respond to spills of heavy oils.
Vessel risk modeling
We will develop and maintain a vessel traffic risk model to evaluate current and potential future oil spill risk.
Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum
The goal of these meetings is to work with our Canadian partners to address common issues in the Salish Sea related to oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response.
Synopsis of Vessel Activities
In 2019, the legislature passed ESHB 1109, which directs Ecology’s Spills Prevention Program to produce a synopsis of current maritime vessel activity, navigation lanes, and anchorages.
Contingency plan updates
In January 2019, we initiated rulemaking to update oil spill contingency plan standards in order to implement requirements for oils that may submerge or sink in water.
Geographic response plan (GRP) updates
We've begun to update geographic response plans (GRPs) to identify water column and subsurface resources that could be harmed by oils that submerge or sink.
Oil spill program activities and funding report
We're working on a report to the Legislature on Spills Program activities and funding.