Washington Gov. Signs Measure to Boost Oil Transportation Safety in State

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a law improving oil transportation safety to protect state waterways from contamination.

The legislation includes the intent to raise funds that would be used in the prevention of oil spills as well as in the development of tighter preparedness plans that would be followed if oil were to contaminate waterways.

The measure also extends the state's oil barrel tax to pipelines, which currently pays for spill response prevention measures for oil received by train or vessels.

The Department of Ecology must increase coordination with Canadian partners to increase safety, data sharing, and to talk about issues related to reducing oil spill risk and navigational safety.

The DOE must also practice equipment deployment drills every three years for onshore and offshore sites, according to the measure.

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Shell Midstream Partners to Acquire Assets from Parent Company for $825 Million

Shell Midstream Partners is acquiring pipeline assets from its parent company Royal Dutch Shell for $825 million.

The acquisition will give three-year-old Shell Midstream Partners more ownership in Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico pipelines as well as some terminals from the Houston area to Washington state.

Shell Midstream Partners will have majority ownership of the Mars and Odyssey oil pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will also acquire a Houston-area terminal in Pasadena and four other terminals in Washington and Illinois.

The deal also includes a 10 percent ownership of the Explorer pipeline that runs from Houston to Midwestern refineries and a 41.48 percent ownership in the smaller LOCAP pipeline in Louisiana. Phillips 66, Marathon Petroleum, and Energy Transfer Partners also own the Explorer pipeline system.

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Sioux Tribes Plan March at National Mall to Protest Trump Administration, Dakota Access Pipeline

Members of two Native American tribes and their allies from around the U.S. are marching for four days near the National Mall in D.C. to protest the Trump administration and the Dakota Access Pipeline as construction on the line nears completion.

The protestors plan to camp on the National Mall starting Tuesday, bringing with them teepees, cultural workshops, speakers, and putting on a ceremonial fire. The march will begin Friday for two miles from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office building to the White House, where the protestors will rally.

Time is running short for the pipeline fighters as a decision by a federal judge to approve or deny a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to halt construction of the last section of the pipeline is to be decided this week.

The tribes argue the one-mile section of pipeline that will cross under Lake Oahe, which is just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, will contaminate their water supply, destroy sacred sites, and threaten their religious rights.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last month gave pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners permission to restart construction of the line. Energy Transfer Partners estimates oil will be flowing through the 1,172-mile line sometime this month.

Although the federal government disputes the claim, the tribes believe they were not properly consulted about the line and argue that the Dakota Access Pipeline and have been "pushed aside to benefit corporate interests and government whim," according to chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe Dave Archambault.