Ecology and the Board of Pilotage Commissioners (BPC) are using a quantitative model developed by Ecology to analyze tug escort requirements for oil tankers, articulated tug barges, and towed oil barges in Washington waters of the Salish Sea. The analysis will evaluate potential changes to escort requirements for their affects on oil spill risk.
We welcome your input and encourage you to get involved. We will be hosting a series of outreach events on this project for Tribes and stakeholders starting in spring 2022. We will announce event content and registration details as events are scheduled.
Our first event will be a project kickoff webinar on June 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon. This will be a joint event for the Tug Escort and ERTV analysis projects. Register
The Pilotage Act, RCW 88.16.260, directs the BPC to conduct this analysis using Ecology’s Oil Spill Risk Model. Ecology and the BPC entered into an Interagency Agreement to conduct this analysis. BPC approved the scope of work on December 9, 2021. We will submit a summary report of this analysis to the Legislature by September 1, 2023.