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Council board of directors to meet in Anchorage

Kincaid Park in Anchorage

Kincaid Park in Anchorage

The council’s board of directors will meet January 22 and 23, 2015 at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.

Council board meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions. An opportunity for public comments is provided at the beginning of each meeting. The councils’ board meetings are recorded and may be disseminated to the public by the council or by the news media.

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Council to study impacts from new regulations on tanker emissions – Request for Proposals

The council is inviting proposals for a project to review how new MARPOL Annex VI regulations regarding the emissions of ships will impact the airshed of Prince William Sound. Specifically, the project will review the emissions of the crude oil tanker fleet that calls at the Valdez Marine Terminal, and how much less air pollution will be produced once these regulations are fully implemented. Continue reading

Corrosion found in piping at terminal; Alyeska plans fix

By AUSTIN LOVE
Council Project Manager

A temporary black carbon steel clamp was installed to prevent an oil leak from the localized corroded area. Photo courtesy of Alyeska.

A temporary black carbon steel clamp was installed to prevent an oil leak from the localized corroded area.

In 2012, Alyeska identified a 6 inch wide area of external corrosion on crude oil piping near the end of one of their oil-loading berths, known as Berth 5, at the Valdez Marine Terminal. Corrosion in the 48 inch diameter pipe is of particular concern, as it is located over water. Continue reading

Oil spill drills teach lesson in prevention

By ROY ROBERTSON
Drill Monitor

Two large oil spill drills were conducted in Prince William Sound this past September and October. Both exercises proved challenging for the organizations participating in them.

SeaRiver Maritime held a three-day exercise in the middle of September. For this annual drill, the role of the “spiller” alternates among the shipping companies that move oil through Prince William Sound.

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A look back at the early years of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council

One of the most radical innovations to come out of the Exxon Valdez spill was the establishment of permanent, industry-funded citizen oversight to promote the environmentally safe operation of the oil industry. It’s been 25 years since the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council was formed, and to mark that anniversary, The Observer begins a four-part series documenting the founding and early development of the council.

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