Oil Spill Prevention and Response regulations help govern Massachusetts' ability to prevent and respond to oil spills in the coastal waters of the Commonwealth.

314 CMR 19.00: Current Regulations

Regulatory Interpretation Questions

314 CMR 19.00: Recently Promulgated Amendments

  • There have been no recent amendments to these regulations.

314 CMR 19.00: Proposed Amendments & Public Comment

  • There are no proposed regulations out for public comment at this time.

Introduction

  • Oil Spill Act Background

    In the wake of the April 27, 2003 barge B-120 oil spill into Buzzards Bay the Massachusetts Legislature passed Chapter 251, Acts of 2004, "An Act Relative to Oil Spill Prevention and Response in Buzzards Bay and Other Harbors and Bays of the Commonwealth" (the "Oil Spill Act" or "Act"), which was signed into law on August 4, 2004. The purpose of the Act was to strengthen several statues that govern Massachusetts' ability to prevent and respond to oil spills in the coastal waters of the Commonwealth. The Act was amended by Chapter 268 of the Acts of 2008 and Chapter 101 of the Acts of 2009.

  • Buzzards Bay Bouchard Barge: #6 Fuel Oil Spill Shore Impacts

Prevention & Response

Oil Spill Act Advisory Committee

  • Oil Spill Act Advisory Committee

    The Oil Spill Act Advisory Committee assists MassDEP in making the most efficient and effective use of a Trust Fund established by the Oil Spill Act, as well as other related policy and program matters.  The group includes stakeholders interested in marine transport and shipping as well as others.  The group meets on an annual cycle, and if necessary holds additional meetings on an as needed basis.

Annual Reports: Tug Boat Escort “Exigent Circumstances” Waiver Requests