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Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force releases 2021 Annual Report

Formed in 1988, the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force includes participating agencies from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and British Columbia as well as the United States Coast Guard. The annual report recently released includes case studies, jurisdictional profiles, and updates on their current and ongoing work, including the following:

  • Crude Transport Project

  • Oil Spill Data Project

  • The Pacific Oil Spill Prevention Education Team (POSPET)

  • Transboundary Forum

  • Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Project

  • Drills and Exercises Project

  • Task Force Mutual Aid

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

Download the full report below or read on for key takeaways:

Download PDF • 2.77MB



  • British Columbia has included their oil spill data for the first time in the 2020 oil spill database. The task force highlights the following information:


  • The Drills and Exercises workgroup wants to "address the variability in drill objectives and requirements" as plan holders who drill in multiple jurisdictions are often subject to highly variable drill and exercise requirements. They released the "Drills and Exercises Program Comparison Across Task Force Jurisdictions" summary table, which compares these varying jurisdictional requirements.

Click here to download the Drills & Exercises Program Comparison Across Task Force Jurisdictions:

D&E Program Comparison
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