The January issue of The Observer newsletter is now online! We have information about Alyeska’s plans to fix spots of corrosion in the terminal’s piping, an update on recent spill drills in Prince William Sound, the revised oil spill educational curriculum, and more: Continue reading
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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
By AUSTIN LOVE
Council Project Manager
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
By ROY ROBERTSON
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.
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.