Neah Bay tugboat could strike oil

by Tim Flanagan on January 28, 2009

“Strike oil”?! These headline writers…I tell ya what. Anyhoo, web below is an excerpt of an article by Tom Callis from the Peninsula Daily News. Here’s the direct link to the page about HB 1409 at the Washington State Legislature. Oh, and here’s a radio news report from KPLU’s Liam Moriarty.

NEAH BAY — Oil, cargo and cruise industries would pay for a tugboat at Neah Bay under a proposed bill in the state Legislature.

House Bill 1409 — which was introduced on Tuesday by 24th District Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim — also would extend the tugboat’s mission beyond rescue to also include responding to oil spills and save the state about $3.65 million a year, he said.

The tugboat would respond to oil spills by deploying booms and oil-spill skimmers and towing an oil recovery barge to store recovered oil.
Such tugboats are in “notoriously short supply,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said Saturday.

The amount shipping and cruise industries would pay for the tugboat would be based upon the “worst case spill potential” of their vessels that enter state waters, according to the bill.

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