Thursday, January 19, 2017

Curious how much oil moves through Washington by rail? 618 million gallons last quarter.

by Kim Morley

In August we adopted a new rule that set requirements for facilities that receive crude oil from railroad cars to notify us before the oil is delivered.

In turn, we share the information with emergency responders that could potentially be impacted by a spill. Having information on where, when, volume and types of oil scheduled to travel through or near their towns, helps communities better prepare for and respond to incidents.

In addition to oil by rail requirements, the new rule requires pipelines that transport crude oil in the state to submit information about volumes and place of origin twice a year.

Ecology is also publishing this information quarterly on its website. The quarterly report summarizes all modes of oil movement in Washington and will provide information on crude oil moving through by rail and pipeline, and on spill incidents that occur from these modes.

The first quarterly report for the period October 1 – December 31, 2016 is now available.

The advance notice of transfer rulewriting and associated report is part of the work directed by the 2015 Oil Transportation Safety Act that Legislature passed to address the increase of oil by rail movement that began in Washington in 2012. Other activities under way as a result of the Act can be viewed on Ecology’s website.

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