WHAT: Senate Bill 6524

SPONSORED BY: Senators Ericksen, Sheldon, Benton, Baumgartner, Holmquist Newbry, Braun, Parlette, Dammeier

MAJOR DIFFERENCES WITH SB 6262 (OIL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT):

  • Doesn’t include the provision that would give basic information, such as quantity and type of oil, being moved through impacted communities.
  • Removes provision for marine spill prevention and replaces them with a study.

FACTS ABOUT 6524 AND OIL TRANSPORTATION

  • Takes funding from other environmental projects and appropriates it to first responders in impacted communities.
  • The Bakken crude oil being transported through Washington is much more dangerous and combustible than the oils being transported when many of our state’s safety laws were written in the 1970s.
  • Knowing the types of oil being transported through their communities allows first responders to prepare for a disaster, if and when it occurs.
  • More oil was spilled from trains in North America in 2013 than the previous 37 years combined.

QUOTE FROM SEN. CHRISTINE ROLFES:

“The public has the right to know what the rail and oil industry isn’t telling us. No amount of money can replace good information, and first responders need to be able to plan for emergencies based on information, not best guesses.

“Both parties in the state Legislature are working on this public safety issue, and of course we have different approaches. But the recent, dramatic increase in oil transportation is a serious and imminent concern for communities all over Washington, and it is vital that the Legislature work together, have the best interests of those communities in mind, and get this right.”