The bill extends the state's oil barrel tax to pipelines. That tax pays for spill response and prevention measures and currently applies to oil received by train or vessels.
OLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature has passed a measure that aims to boost safety around the transportation of oil in the state.
The House on Wednesday approved the bill on a 62-35 vote. It earlier cleared the Senate and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee.
The bill extends the state’s oil barrel tax to pipelines. That tax pays for spill response and prevention measures and currently applies to oil received by train or vessels.
The measure also directs state regulators to address the risks of certain types of oil that sink or submerge as well as to study ways to reduce oil risks in Puget Sound.
Most Read Local Stories
- Debt collectors that ‘sue, sue, sue’ can squeeze Washington state consumers for more cash
- Charging extra to get there? The Boeing story is yet another sign we're a corporatocracy | Danny Westneat
- City removes homeless camp near Seattle's Fremont Troll that was site of overdoses
- Man dies after bus hits his car on I-90 near North Bend
- Woman sets world record in Seattle for calculating the value of pi to 31.4 trillion decimal places | Nicole Brodeur
House Republicans introduced several amendments that were rejected Wednesday.
Rep. Strom Peterson, a Democrat from Edmonds, says pipelines are not immune to disasters and the bill builds on previous legislation to address increasing amounts of oil moving through the state.
The oil industry earlier told lawmakers that others, not just the petroleum industry, also needed to pay their fair share.