Olympic Pipe Line Co.

Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation , Nooksack Indian Tribe
State TrusteeState of Washington
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

Also Known As

Incident Type




Case Status



Whatcom county



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species, Anadromous Fish

Case Description

At 3:28 p.m. on June 10, 1999, a rupture occurred in a pipeline owned by the Company. The Company operates a pipeline system that runs from Ferndale, Washington, to Portland, Oregon. Delivery lines carry products from the mainline to bulk terminals at Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, Tacoma, Olympia and Vancouver, Washington, and Linnton and Portland, Oregon. The rupture occurred at a location where the pipeline crosses the Park within the City of Bellingham, Washington, and near the City's public water treatment facility. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Washington Department of Ecology report the spill volume as approximately 236,000 gallons based on the Company's calculations of product loss between the Ferndale Station and the Bayview Product Terminal. Released product saturated the ground and geologic formations surrounding the pipeline and flowed both above ground and through subsurface pathways to nearby Hanna Creek where it proceeded downstream into the Creek, through the park. At approximately 5:00 p.m., the fuel ignited, resulting in a fire, which, at its peak, spanned from the source location down Hanna Creek to Whatcom Creek and down the Creek for a distance of approximately 1.6 miles.
 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 08/01/2002


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 11/12/2004

No publications have been entered for this case.

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Case Contact

Washington Fish and Wildlife Office

Lacey, WA | (360) 753-9440 | http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of Washington
Tribe TrusteeLummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation
Tribe TrusteeNooksack Indian Tribe

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