washington oil spill program http://www.kplu.org en Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway http://www.kplu.org/post/tougher-rules-oil-spill-prevention-hearings-underway <p>Washington State already has some of the highest oil spill readiness standards in the country &ndash; if not in the world.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1106.html">update to those regulations</a> is raising that bar even higher.</p><p>The tightening is in response to the catastrophic BP oil spill nearly two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The new law places new requirements on oil companies operating in Puget Sound or on the Columbia River.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:44:41 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3973 at http://www.kplu.org Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway Is Washington ready to handle The Big Spill? http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-ready-handle-big-spill <p>Some lawmakers in Olympia say “no.” They’re proposing a bill that would make the oil industry pay for a variety of precautions designed to protect Washington’s shorelines from an Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon disaster.</p><p>(I wrote about <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1647569/KPLU.Local.News/Are.We.Prepared.For.a.Big.Spill">the state of Washington's oil spill prevention and response</a> while the Gulf spill was ongoing last spring ...)</p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:02:12 +0000 Liam Moriarty 548 at http://www.kplu.org Is Washington ready to handle The Big Spill?