Recently I’ve read a couple articles in our local newspaper from people that just don’t know what companies that transfer petroleum products over water are required to do and have in place even prior to a facility being built.
Any facility that has above-ground storage tanks must have containment of 110 percent of its largest tank. The DOE has very strict regulations and procedures in place that they physically oversee and partake in with regards to over-water transfers.
Prior to a facility transferring petroleum, a SPCC (Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures) plan has to be submitted to the DOE that spells out step-by-step action plans that go into effect in the event of a spill to water. This plan is reviewed and and signed off on by the DOE to assure all means of spill prevention and control measures are in place.
Each year, the facilities are required to perform multiple exercises practicing spill boom placements to assure that in the event of a spill, the plans in the SPCC are adequate. There are key areas that are to be boomed off in the event of a spill, to name a few, the mouths of the Hoquiam River, Wishkah, Chehalis, sloughs and, most importantly, the estuary by the airport.
There is so much more for the uninformed to know that I highly recommend attending the meeting on Wednesday.