We protect Washington through prevention and preparedness work across all three modes of oil transportation — vessel, rail, and pipeline.
Spill prevention, preparedness, and response makes a difference
Every year, 20 billion gallons of oil are transported through Washington by vessel, rail, and pipeline, posing significant risk of environmental damage. The risks associated with all modes of oil transportation and handling require a robust state program of prevention, preparedness, and response in order to protect our communities, environment, and economy.
Since the 2005 Legislature directed Ecology to set a zero-spills goal, the agency has reached significant milestones. This is reflected in one of the lowest spill rates in the nation (according to U.S. Coast Guard data), and a drill program that is a model for other states.
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Washington cares about oil transportation safety
In April 2015, Governor Inslee signed the Oil Transportation Safety Act to help protect Washington from the risks associated with transporting oil.
Learn more about our work under the Act
To help address new oil transportation risks, the Act directed us to undertake five specific policy initiatives: