Oil spill contingency planning standards

We verify standards for industry contingency plans using a GIS-based model. Plan holders create spreadsheets to include in their contingency plans to show how they meet their equipment requirements (oil spill boom, skimming and recovery equipment, and storage).

When we review plans, we apply a GIS-based model that uses a time and distance equation to evaluate if oil spill plans have access to the required response equipment and personnel to respond to a worst-case spill.

Using this tool, we develop a planning standard spreadsheet that we give to plan holders that becomes part of their plan. Each oil spill scenario is unique, but a conceptual model allows us to examine questions about capability and reach conclusions within an ideal framework.

If you have a proposed or actual change in your worst-case discharge planning volume, response contractor, or operating area, these are significant changes. You must notify Ecology within 24 hours of the change and provide both a schedule for the prompt return of the plan to full operational status and identify any steps your are taking to compensate for the changes. Your notice of the significant change will serve as a formal request for updated planning standard spreadsheets for your plan.

Contingency planning laws and rules