Oil spill workshop Saturday

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to attend a free workshop on oil spill preparedness on Saturday.

The Community Engagement in Oil Spill Response and Readiness workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The goal of the workshop is to “educate the general public and local officials about oil spills in the marine environment, who is engaged in Incident Command, how incident response decisions are made and how members of the public can become involved in spill response.”

The workshop will address the implications of a potential growth in oil tanker and cargo ship traffic in the Salish Sea as the result of the Trans Mountain pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan Canada, which would result in a nearly seven-fold spike in oil tanker traffic — from five tankers per month to as many as 34 per month.

Speakers at the workshop will address what would happen if a major oil spill occurred in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, how it would impact Clallam County shores, who would be in change of the response and what training citizens would need to be involved in the clean up.

Participating agencies include the U.S. Coast Guard, state Department of Ecology, state Department of Fish and Wildlife and local and state emergency management officials.

Capt. Scott Ferguson, commander of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, is among the featured speakers.

The bring-your-own lunch event includes a bonus tour of the Emergency Operations Center.

To register, phone Jill Clark at 360-733-1725 ext. 204.

Use the doors on the east side of the courthouse to access the workshop.

If the door is locked, phone 360-565-2680.

The workshop is sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation, Clallam County Marine Resources Committee, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, state Department of Ecology, state Department of Natural Resources with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Last modified: January 24. 2014 1:04PM
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