Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Oil spill bill passed the House with bipartisan support

HB 1186 to strengthen Washington's oil spills program passed out of the House by a vote of 62-35. Huge thanks to legislators championing this bill and to everyone who contacted their representatives and asked for their support. Now the bill is in the Senate and again, we will need your help to let Senators know how important this bill is for Washington's marine waters.

Sponsored by Rep. Christine Rolfes, from Bainbridge Island, HB 1186 bill will:
Improve funding for the Department’s Oil Spill Program, which is currently running a multi-million dollar deficit.
Strengthen requirements for stockpiling appropriate spills response equipment to ensure that we are ready for a large spill in Puget Sound and on the coast.
Expand spill response “drill” program to test assumptions made in our spill response plans and to better train responders.
Train, equip, and drill commercial fishermen for oils spill response to increase the region’s response capacities.

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