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Washington state holds workshops on oil transportation rules

Newer crude oil cars along the BP Cherry Point Refinery rail loop on Oct. 8, 2014. The state Department of Ecology is holding workshops to get input on oil transportation rules.
Newer crude oil cars along the BP Cherry Point Refinery rail loop on Oct. 8, 2014. The state Department of Ecology is holding workshops to get input on oil transportation rules. The Bellingham Herald

Three workshops this week will allow people to help shape Washington state law on oil transportation, but none are near Whatcom County.

However, webinars will be available for those who can’t make the workshops in Lacey, Spokane and Auburn.

The state Department of Ecology is drafting and updating three rules related to oil transported by rail and pipeline.

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, Ecology will hold a workshop on a new law requiring facilities that receive crude oil to give advanced notice of oil movements by rail and pipeline. That workshop will take place at Ecology Headquarters, 300 Desmond Drive, in Lacey.

Details on the webinar for that workshop can be found online at ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1513ov.html.

The same notification draft rule will be discussed at a workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Ecology’s Eastern Region Office, 4601 North Monroe St. in Spokane.

Earlier Wednesday, Ecology will hold a workshop on the draft rule for railroad oil spill contingency plans, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Spokane office.

The railroad spill contingency plan workshop will be held again at the Lacey office from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

Webinar information for the Feb. 1 railroad contingency plan workshop can be found at ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1514ov.html.

Lastly, an update to an existing rule that sets standards for pipeline oil spill contingency plans will be discussed from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Green River Community College SY Building, River Room, 12401 S.E. 320th St., in Auburn, Wash.

Webinar information for the Feb. 4 pipeline contingency plan workshop can be found at ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1106ov.html.

Samantha Wohlfeil: 360-715-2274, @SAWohlfeil

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