The storm-water runoff billBy rabolofia | March 14th, 2009 | Category: Blog |
It’s the leading culprit in water pollution. Storm runoff has been a recent concern for the Puget Sound region, and when questioning who should be held responsible for the problem, local lawmaker and several environmentalists believe oil companies should.
According to KOMO News, HB1614 is a bill that would actually tax oil companies in an effort to compensate for environmental damage.
Oil companies would be charged a fee of $1.50 per barrel of petroleum product to pay for projects that would help change the flow of pollutants into the Puget Sound and nearby waters.
They blame the rain, though, as it falls onto the city of Seattle, moving oils and other pollutants from a variety of places. Quite obviously, these oil companies aren’t happy about the bill, as it would cost them for an environmental problem not directly linked (or at least intentionally) with the function of their product.
According to the Washington State Legislature website, the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources passed the bill last month. On March 2, the bill was passed to the Rules Committee for a second reading.
The bill would not only invest in the cleaning up of water pollution, but the money would create pro-green jobs in our area.
According to the People for Puget Sound website, the fee could generate about $100 million each year; the money prioritized for low impact development and would cut out runoff from roads and parking lots.