An Act To Prevent Oil Spills in Casco Bay
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §546, sub-§4, ¶G, as amended by PL 1989, c. 546, §9, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. Board of Environmental Protection; oil discharge prevention and pollution control rules. The Board of Environmental Protection shall, by June 1, 2018, amend its rules relating to oil discharge prevention and pollution control for marine oil terminals, transportation pipelines and vessels to include the provisions required by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 546, subsection 4, paragraph G.
This bill amends the regulatory powers of the Board of Environmental Protection to require that rules relating to oil discharge prevention and pollution control for terminals, facilities, refineries, vessels and related equipment adopted under the board's authority must provide, subject to specified exceptions, that all vessels and barges engaged in transfers of oil or oil by-products, including transfers during ship-to-ship bunkering operations, be protected by an oil boom device during those transfers and notify the United States Coast Guard prior to those transfers. The bill also directs the Board of Environmental Protection to amend its existing rules relating to oil discharge prevention and pollution control to reflect these statutory changes.