88.46.230  <<  88.46.240 >>   88.46.901

Salish Sea shared waters forum. (Expires July 1, 2021.)

(1) The department must establish the Salish Sea shared waters forum to address common issues in the cross-boundary waterways between Washington state and British Columbia such as: Enhancing efforts to reduce oil spill risk; addressing navigational safety; and promoting data sharing.
(2) The department must:
(a) Coordinate with provincial and federal Canadian agencies when establishing the Salish Sea shared waters forum; and
(b) Seek participation from stakeholders that, at minimum, includes representatives of the following: State, provincial, and federal governmental entities, regulated entities, environmental organizations, tribes, and first nations.
(3) The Salish Sea shared waters forum must meet at least once per year to consider the following:
(a) Gaps and conflicts in oil spill policies, regulations, and laws;
(b) Opportunities to reduce oil spill risk, including requiring tug escorts for oil tankers, articulated tug barges, and other waterborne vessels or barges;
(c) Enhancing oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response capacity; and
(d) Whether an emergency response system in Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and Rosario Strait, similar to the system implemented by the maritime industry pursuant to RCW 88.46.130, will decrease oil spill risk and how to fund such a shared system.
(4) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(a) "Articulated tug barge" means a tank barge and a towing vessel joined by hinged or articulated fixed mechanical equipment affixed or connecting to the stern of the tank barge.
(b) "Waterborne vessel or barge" means any ship, barge, or other watercraft capable of traveling on the navigable waters of this state and capable of transporting any crude oil or petroleum product in quantities of ten thousand gallons or more for purposes other than providing fuel for its motor or engine.
(5) This section expires July 1, 2021.


FindingsIntentReport2018 c 262: See notes following RCW 82.23B.010.
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