West Coast Officials Discuss Oil Transportation

Environmental regulators from the Northwest are deliberating about a new influx of oil that's being transported through the region.

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by Associated Press

SEATTLE- Environmental regulators from the Northwest are deliberating about a new influx of oil that's being transported through the region.

At a task force meeting of West Coast states, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis of the Washington Department of Ecology described the sudden increase in oil trains that are coming to terminals in the state. She says spill-response resources have typically focused on tanker traffic off the coast, so the new transport strategies will require new tactics, new technologies and new personnel around inland water resources.
Meanwhile, officials from British Columbia described how a proposed pipeline expansion and other ways of moving crude could lead to a large increase in tanker traffic along the west coast of the province and in water bodies close to Washington and Alaska.
Industry officials touted safety of the transportation methods and the environmental oversight.