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HB 1611 and SB 5462: Oil transportation bill protects Salish Sea by holding industry accountable for oil spills

posted Jan 31, 2017, 11:03 AM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 12:17 PM ]
The 2017 legislative session is in full swing and oil transportation is a hot issue. Despite the critical gains around public disclosure and preparedness measures, significant gaps remain that put our communities and waterways at risk of an oil spill or other disasters. 

In response, Representative Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) and Senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) have introduced bills called the Oil Transportation Safety Act in the House and Senate (HB 1611 and SB 5462). Bill highlights include:
  • Ensuring the oil industry pays in the case of a spill or other disaster; 
  • Updating the funding for prevention, preparedness and response; 
  • Protecting Puget Sound from increased oil barges and other vessels from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline; 
  • Protecting against refineries turning into transshipment terminals; and 
  • Strengthening oversight of pipeline safety. 
The Oil Transportation Safety Act is a key step to holding the oil industry accountable and ensures that Washingtonians are put first. Given the Trump Administration’s support of the oil industry, it is now more important than ever to make sure Washington holds the line. We can do this! 



How you can help

  1. Contact your legislators. On Thursday, February 2nd, and Monday, February 6th, the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications and House Environment committees, respectively, will host public hearings on SB 5462 and HB 1611. 

    Please contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to SUPPORT SB 5462 and HB 1611. Find your legislators, then view the talking points below.

Talking points for your call to your legislator

Dear [Senator/Representative],

Washington residents continue to be at risk of oil spills and other disasters. In the wake of the Mosier, Oregon, oil train derailment and explosion this past June, the threat of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline increasing tanker traffic in the Salish Sea SEVENFOLD, and the increasing use of pipelines for crude oil transport, we need to continue to improve our system. 

Please support the Oil Transportation Safety Act and protect Washington's communities and waterways. 

Key parts of the bill include:
    • Ensuring the oil industry pays in the case of a spill or other disaster; 
    • Updating the funding for prevention, preparedness and response; 
    • Protecting Puget Sound from increased oil barges and other vessels from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline; 
    • Protecting against refineries turning into transshipment terminals; and 
    • Strengthening oversight of pipeline safety. 
I urge you to support and move forward SB 5462 and HB 1611.