Study: Oil tankers may need tug escorts on Columbia River
December 15, 2017
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Tethered tug escorts could provide added protection for oil tankers on the Columbia River if tanker traffic increases due to new marine terminals, a study commissioned by the Washington Legislature found.
The study released last month by the Department of Ecology said five proposed bulk terminals could create up to 1,379 additional one-way trips, mostly by tankers, The Daily Astorian reported Thursday.
The likelihood of a major oil spill on the Columbia River is low, but the consequences would be high for both Washington and Oregon. Based on 2006 figures, a large spil...