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It's the Law

Discharge of Oil and Other Hazardous Substances


You are not allowed to discharge oil or hazardous substances into the water.

You are not allowed to dump oil into the bilge of the vessel without means for proper disposal.

You must dispose of oil waste at an approved reception facility. On recreational vessels, a bucket or bailer is adequate for temporary storage prior to disposing of the oil waste at an approved facility.

If your vessel discharges oil or hazardous substances into the water:

  • Notify the National Response Center by calling 1-800-424-8802.
  • Also notify the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by calling the hotline: 1-800-832-8224.

If boating on federally controlled waters and your vessel is 26 feet or longer, you must display a 5 x 8-inch placard made of durable material, fixed in a conspicuous place in the machinery spaces or at the bilge pump control station, stating the Federal Water Pollution Control Act’s law.

Discharge of Oil Prohibited
Oil discharge placard