Department of Ecology says "Pre-Booming" vessels delivering oil is a must - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Department of Ecology says "Pre-Booming" vessels delivering oil is a must

Starting Friday all vessels delivering oil and oil handling facilities will need to use a containment boom before starting oil transfers over the water. The new pre-booming rule comes from the Department of Ecology in hopes to prevent damage to our natural resources and economic impacts if an oil spill occurred.

Curt hart, Spokesperson Ecology Spills Department says, the threat of an oil spill is real, this mandatory booming is going to help keep an oil spill from spreading out and causing so much damage and it will help reduce costs.

Deliveries must give Ecology a 24 hour advance notice before transferring oil so it can be monitored. About 41-million gallons of oil are delivered over Washington waters every day with 490 million gallons delivered over the Columbia-Snake River system daily.

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