Vacancy Announcement – Washington State Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety
OLYMPIA, Wash. – A statewide citizens committee that provides guidance on improving the safety of pipelines in Washington is recruiting an additional member.
The governor is currently soliciting applications to fill one membership vacancy to serve on the Washington Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety. The vacant position is open to the general public. The applicant must reside in the state of Washington.
The Legislature created the committee in 2000 to provide citizen input on matters relating to the safety of pipelines carrying natural gas, petroleum and aviation fuel.
The legislation, coming in the aftermath of the fatal Bellingham pipeline explosion in 1999, also established a statewide safety-inspection program for interstate pipelines with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). Pipeline safety staff with the UTC provide support to the citizens’ committee.
Committee members appointed by the governor serve on board for a period of three years. Membership terms are staggered to ensure committee continuity. By statute, the 13 members of the Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety includes nine voting members representing local government, including elected officials and the public; and four non-voting members representing owners and operators of hazardous liquid and gas pipelines. Previous pipeline experience is not necessary.
The committee advises the governor, the Legislature, local, state and federal agencies on pipeline safety, as well as routing, construction, operation, maintenance, prevention and emergency response. Currently, the committee meets four times per year. Travel expenses are reimbursed by the state to citizens serving on the committee. Information about the committee’s work can be found at: www.utc.wa.gov/ccops
If you have questions regarding the committee’s activities, please contact Marina Woodard at (360) 664-1150 or firstname.lastname@example.org