BELLINGHAM - A free workshop Saturday, Feb. 22, will provide information on how state agencies are prepared for an oil spill.
The workshop will host organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard and state Department of Ecology to describe their individual roles in an oil spill scenario. The workshop will offer access to volunteer training so anyone can get involved in case of a spill.
Preparation is especially important, according to the Northwest Straits Foundation, because the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline would bring 29 more oil tankers per month through the straits off Washington's coast. The foundation's mission is to protect and restore marine resources of northwest waters.
The foundation is one of the five organizations sponsoring the workshop, which will be held at from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Squalicum Boathouse in Zuanich Point Park.