The Washington Department of Ecology is hosting a workshop in Skokomish for anyone interested in helping develop a response plan that will protect Hood Canal in the event of a major oil spill. The workshop is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Lucky Dog Casino, 19330 US-101, Skokomish.
Attendees will have the opportunity to provide local insight and comments on the draft Hood Canal geographic response plan. This response plan focuses on protecting sensitive natural, cultural and economic sites during an oil spill.
Response plans are developed by Ecology and its partners to increase spill-response readiness, and reduce damage to sensitive resources after a spill occurs. It 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.
The Aug. 4 workshop will start a 30-day public comment period on the draft plan.
Citizens, tribal representatives, local government officials, county emergency managers, port operators and other stakeholders are all encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in learning about planning efforts by state and federal agencies preparing for oil spills should attend.