Anyone responsible for spilling oil into state waters is liable for damages resulting from impacts to natural, cultural and historic, and publicly-owned resources. We have a process for determining damages and restoring resources in partnership with other federal, state and local agencies, and tribes.
The process for determining damages for an oil spill is called a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). In Washington, the process is defined by rule, which lays out procedures to determine damages for impacts to natural, cultural and historic, and publicly-owned resources by:
- Establishing the Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Committee.
- Outlining a pre-assessment screening process.
- Creating the compensation schedule.
For more information on the NRDA process in Washington, see our publication on Assessing Oil Spill Damages.
Funding for resource restoration
The ultimate goal of NRDA and other resource damage assessment methods is to restore injured resources to their pre-spill condition. This can be achieved through direct funding of a restoration project by the responsible party. Or, restoration projects may be directly funded by the Coastal Protection Fund, which is made up of responsible party oil spill damage assessments.
Coastal Protection Fund
We deposit money collected from oil spill damage assessments into the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF). This money is used to pay for the restoration of natural, cultural and historic, and publicly owned resources impacted by oil spills.
New CPF projects in 2018: