06 2019

Trans Mountain stake should go to Indigenous owners on route, B.C. chief says

2019-08-05T17:21:51+00:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Articles|

CALGARY – The chairman of a B.C. indigenous group seeking to buy a stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline says Ottawa should favour communities along the route when deciding who can make an ownership bid. Chief Michael LeBourdais of Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band near Kamloops, B.C., says for that reason he supports the efforts [...]

06 2019

Alaska notes improvements in spill response since Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

2019-06-10T20:31:23+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Articles|

On March 24, 1989 the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil. The spill had a lasting effect on Alaskans. “The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill changed how we do things in Alaska,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune. “Thirty years later, thanks to lessons learned [...]

06 2019

Washington is proposing changes to railroads’ oil spill response efforts

2019-06-10T20:30:12+00:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Articles|

Changes proposed to strengthen railroads’ oil spill response efforts Requirements would protect people, wildlife and the environment OLYMPIA – Railroad lines stretch across thousands of miles in Washington, often along pristine rivers and shorelines of the state. An oil spill from a train could pose a significant threat not only to the environment but to people [...]

04 2019

Oregon is closing gaps in spill response planning for rail routes

2019-06-10T20:26:44+00:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Articles|

Closing Gaps in Spill Response Planning for Rail Routes Oil and hazardous material spills are toxic and threaten public health and the environment. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s ability to prepare for those types of spills along rail routes is limited due to gaps in regulatory authority.  Proposed legislation, House Bill 2209, would address [...]

01 2019

Inland Facilities Contingency Plans & Financial Responsibility

2019-06-10T20:26:58+00:00January 10th, 2019|Categories: News, News & Articles|

The emergency regulations governing the development of oil spill contingency plans and financial responsibility for inland facilities, pipelines, refineries and railroads became effective Sept. 3, 2015. Affected industry members had until January 1, 2016 to submit facility contingency plans and Certificates of Financial Responsibility. The statewide regulations implementing Senate Bill 861 were approved for permanent [...]

10 2018

USCG – 2016.1 NPREP Guidelines

2018-10-05T10:12:36+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: News, News & Articles|

The US Coast Guard has issued a notice announcing the availability of the 2016.1 National Preparedness for Exercise Response (NPREP) Guidelines. The revised guidelines entered into effect on 1 October 2018. 83 Fed. Reg. 49563 (10/2/18) [].

10 2018

USCG – Marine Environmental Response & Preparedness Manual

2018-10-05T10:11:24+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: News, News & Articles|

The United States Coast Guard has promulgated the first change to its Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. The two key elements that Change 1 includes are as follows: Area Contingency Plan (ACP) policy verification tiers of Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) review and verification requirements; Facility Response Plan (FRP) approvals; and Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) responsibilities [...]

11 2017

Simulation at airport mimics real crash, fire

2018-10-05T10:39:00+00:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: News, News & Articles|

Simulation at airport mimics real crash, fire Rick Kelley | Staff Writer | Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 9:31 pm HARLINGEN — It isn't easy simulating disaster and a response, but every three years, Valley International Airport is mandated by federal law to do just that. Yesterday was one of those days. With a Fedex Airbus [...]

08 2016

New Oil Spill Response Calculators

2016-08-26T10:54:56+00:00August 26th, 2016|Categories: News, News & Articles|

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced the release of four new oil spill response calculators today as part of an ongoing effort to improve future clean-up efforts. According to John Caplis, an oil spill response coordinator for the bureau, the use of the calculators is viewed by BSEE as a “best practice” [...]