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Pipeline Safety Project
Planning & Development Services is beginning work on a project to study hazardous liquid/liquid natural gas transmission pipeline locations and impacts in Skagit County and to develop standards to govern land use in close proximity of existing pipelines.

There are four oil and gas transmission pipelines traveling across approximately 121 miles of Skagit County. These pipelines are operated by BP, Kinder-Morgan, Williams, and Cascade Natural Gas.

Skagit County Planning & Development Services is undertaking a process to adopt new procedures and development standards to address the issue of pipeline safety. Through this process, it is our goal to promote awareness of the pipelines in our community and develop standards and procedures that ensure development near the pipelines occurs safely.

Pipeline Safety Web Site

Adopted Pipeline Safety Ordinance

On Tuesday, December 6, the Board of Commissioners adopted the ordinance below, creating new Skagit County Code section 14.16.835 regarding pipeline safety. The ordinance creates a consultation and title notification requirement, but no setbacks.

Download adopted pipeline safety ordinance (PDF)

November 8 Pipeline Safety Code Draft

On Tuesday, November 8, the Board of Commissioners requested a new draft pipeline safety code that reduces consultation zone width to 100 ft and adds timelines for consultation, among other changes. The Board also set a written comment period on the new draft that ends at 4:30 pm on November 28, 2011. Submit comments to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, 1800 Continental Place Ste 100, Mount Vernon WA 98273, or via email to

Download the November 8 draft (PDF)

October 7 Pipeline Safety Code Draft

On Tuesday, October 4, the Board of Commissioners asked legal staff to generate a new draft ordinance for pipeline safety that includes the following concepts:

  • Consultation with pipeline operators at 660 ft from transmission pipelines

  • Protection of pipeline easements during construction

  • Title notice for future property owners to understand a pipeline is present

The Board indicated it did not want the following concepts in the ordinance:

  • No setback requirements

  • No other dimensional standards or mitigation requirements

  • No language like "sensitive utility corridor overlay"

The new draft ordinance is now available here (pdf).

The Board held a public hearing for public comment on the proposal for Monday, October 24 at 6 pm, in the Commissioners Hearing Room at the address above, and scheduled a decision for Tuesday, November 8 at 10:30 am. No previous drafts of the ordinance are under consideration.

The Board also directed the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management to produce public education materials about pipeline safety and plan for emergency response coordination.
For further information, contact Linda Hammons, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, telephone 360 416-1300

Pipeline Grant Investigation Report and Correspondence
Reports regarding citizen allegations against Planning and Development

Pipeline planning and safety summary report available
The Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Summary Report aims to help build county officials' capacity to improve transmission pipeline safety, especially through the development and implementation of local land use policies and practices. This publication conveys the findings of the PIPA Report (released in December 2010) and distills the information pertinent to county governments. To access the summary, click here.
Contact: James Davenport Phone: 202.661.8807

Pipa Final Report (Pdf)

Video: Presentation to the Board of County Commissioners (WMV)

Powerpoint Presentation: Ppt | Pdf


iMap pipeline layer added: View interactive map of transmission pipelines

1. Once the map viewer is loaded, select your general area from the "Select Region" menu
2. On the left side, click "Additional Maps."
3. Click "Transportation and Utilities," then choose Pipelines.
4. Click "Search" to search by address (or another method) to find your property.