Liquid Fuel Distribution Prioritization Planning Project
The Region 6 Critical Infrastructure Working Group is undertaking the fuel distribution prioritization planning project in order to identify, coordinate, and prioritize which infrastructures-public and private-should have priority access to the fuels that are available. This project is being coordinated with the King County and the Washington State Department of Commerce fuel planning efforts and will inform what the priorities will be in a fuel emergency. Additionally, it will assist emergency fuel managers in understanding the dependencies and interdependencies that exist between the various infrastructures.
Petroleum fuels are currently supplied to King County and all of Western Washington via two pipelines that come from Whatcom County. These lines provide gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuels. There is no other source of these fuels coming into the region in quantity. There are two other small refineries in the area, but their production is very limited in comparison to the fuels delivered via the Olympic Pipeline.
The outcome of the project will be a King County Office of Emergency Management fuel prioritization plan that can be adjusted based upon the specific emergency being faced at the time. This planning effort will create a rich dialogue between infrastructures about the region's priorities as a whole and help inform them so they can develop appropriate continuity planning based on their place in the prioritization matrix that is formulated.