The early 90s was a great era for technology and innovation. The Pentium microprocessor was introduced by Intel, Windows 3.1 was launched by Microsoft and the World Wide Web was officially born at CERN. It was also the last time the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) updated Oregon’s Oil Spill Response Plan. Amazing and cutting edge as these innovations were at the time, they are sorely out of date today. With crude oil exports on the Columbia, disaster by rail in the Gorge and an overly-charged Department of Interior eyeballing oil/gas leases off Oregon’s coast, the DEQ decided to put the latest technology to work in updating our state’s Oil Spill Response Plan.
The who, what where and why of all of this on DEQ’s storymap is WAY more interesting and engaging than we can do justice here with our little blog words, so head on over to their story website, linked here for full screen and maximum coastal eye candy storytelling. Dive in to learn more about the planning effort and how you can share your local knowledge of potential spill sources, site specific resource information, special areas that need protection and more!
Visit Oregon’s Ocean Policy Clearing House for more agency information on the planning effort: https://www.oregonocean.info/index.php/ocean-issues/111-oil-spill-contingency-planning