EVENT: Oil Spill workshop – 28 July in Port Hadlock

Port Hadlock workshop on July 28 focuses on responding to oil spills in Admiralty Inlet

Community can help shape a response plan to protect inlet’s waters

PORT HADLOCK – Anyone interested in helping develop a response plan that will protect Admiralty Inlet if a major oil spill happens can take part in a workshop this month in Port Hadlock.

The Washington Department of Ecology is hosting the workshop, and will have staff available to discuss the impact of oil spills and the effectiveness of response efforts throughout the state.

The workshop is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide local insight and comments on the draft plan.

Ecology and its partners develop geographic response plans (GRPs) to increase spill-response readiness and reduce damage to sensitive resources after a spill occurs.

A GRP identifies sensitive areas on or near the water, and then recommends strategies and tactics that can be used during the early hours of a spill to protect those resources. The plan shows sites where containment boom can be placed on the water to help collect and contain oil. It also ensures timely notifications to resource managers so they can take action to protect the resources under their control.

Citizens, tribal representatives, local government officials, county emergency managers, port operators, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in learning about planning efforts by state and federal agencies preparing for oil spills should attend.