The 2009 Washington State Legislature directed the Puget Sound Partnership to provide independent advice and assessment of Washington State’s oil spill programs and make recommendations for any necessary improvements. In late summer 2010 the Partnership assembled a Cross-Partnership Oil Spill Work Group to help assist the Leadership Council carry out this responsibility.
The 2012 Action Agenda outlines the priorities outlined by the Work Group in May 2011. Over the next two years, the Partnership seeks to promote increased attention to:
In October 2012, the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Work Group and Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee formed a joint Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment (VTRA) Steering Committee, co-chaired by Todd Hass (PSP) and John Veentjer (HSC), comprising about a dozen representatives; drawn from several maritime industry sectors, the Makah Nation, Washington Association of Counties, the Department of Ecology and the US Coast Guard.
In November 2012, the Puget Sound Partnership awarded a grant to George Washington University to update the VTRA for north Puget Sound. Background and latest supporting materials for the analysis are hosted at Professor Rene van Dorp’s GWU website, The VTRA Steering Committee has been meeting regularly since Dec. 2012.
The VTRA Steering Committee and other interested parties are reviewing the complete draft VTRA 2010 final report between 1/21/14 and 2/5/14. The 46Mb report can be downloaded at:
Please contact Todd Hass for additional details on the review.
The group charter and notes from those meetings can be found here:
The Work Group's first meetings occurred in late fall 2010 for three full days. Attendees of the Work Group’s October 29 meeting unanimously agreed on four recommendations. On November 23, 2010, the PSP Leadership Council passed Resolution 2010-4 to support those recommendations.
The Partnership summarized the Work Group’s recommendations to the House’s Ecology and Parks Committee on December 10, 2010. Video on TVW.
As you can see, the organizations in the Work Group membership list are expected to broadly represent issues, concerns, and recommendations relevant to Puget Sound, the Washington coast, and the lower Columbia River.
Please contact Todd Hass, Program Manager for Marine and Nearshore Special Projects, for the Partnership, if you have questions concerning the Partnership Oil Spill Work Group or wish to attend/observe its meetings or workshops.
The recommendations in the documents below are being used by the Work Group (synthesized by Hass) to assess common themes and future priorities.
The Department of Ecology’s Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program has developed a website to track what's happening with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and provide information on how Washington State is providing assistance. For the latest information, click here.
|Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010.|
|Improving Oil Spill Prevention and Response in Washington State. Lessons learned from the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill|
|National Commission releases final report on Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf. http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/final-report|
|An Evaluation of Regional Citizen Advisory Councils and Other Public Involvement Models to Improve Spill Response in the First Twelve Hours Final Report (Ecology – 2005)|
|Study of Tug Escorts in Puget Sound (Ecology – 2004)|
|Review of Oil Spill Risk and Comparison to Funding Mechanism (Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee -2009)|
|Ecology and United States Coast Guard Memorandum of Agreement (2007)|
|Ecology and United States Coast Guard Protocols (2007)|
|Ecology and United States Coast Guard Strategic Work Plan (2007)|