New project ideas are needed!

The council is an independent non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote environmentally safe operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and associated tankers. Our work is guided by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and our contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Our mandate includes, but is not limited to: monitoring the environmental impacts of the terminal facilities and the tankers that use it; reviewing respective oil spill prevention and response contingency plans; monitoring drills and exercises; studying wind, water currents and other environmental factors; reviewing new technological developments or changed circumstances; providing advice and recommendations to industry and regulators on any findings coming from the above mentioned tasks; and broadly representing our constituents in the region affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989.

The council has adopted a Strategic Plan intended to provide a five-year framework to guide the development of our annual work plans and budgets. This plan builds upon the extensive foundations and work that our council has accomplished throughout its twenty years of operations and evolution.

There are many avenues in which we strive to achieve our mission. One is to foster partnerships among industry, government agencies and citizens. We have learned that such partnerships lead to good policies, better response capabilities, safer transportation of oil, and improved environmental protection.

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Walt Parker and Iver Malutin

Walt Parker and Iver Malutin on a beach in Seldovia, September 2010

Walt Parker (left) and Iver Malutin (right) on a beach in Seldovia, September 2010. Photo by Linda Robinson.

On Wednesday, June 25, the council lost two members of our family, Walt Parker and Iver Malutin. Walt was 87, and Iver was 82.

Walt served as a board member representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition for the past ten years.

From the Anchorage Daily News website: Longtime Alaska resources and transportation consultant Walter Parker dead at 87 -and- Remembering man of many hats who profoundly shaped Alaska

From Cordova Times: WALT PARKER – A giant in Alaska’s history

Iver represented the Kodiak Village Mayors Association on our board from 2008-2013. Kodiak’s KMXT Radio has a nice piece about Iver: Remembering Iver Malutin

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Former council executive director passes

John Devens

John Devens

John Devens, former executive director for the council, passed away last Friday at age 74. John was the mayor of Valdez when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in 1989. He was the first president of the Prince William Sound Community College, and was the president of Connecting Ties, a a non-profit corporation that works with individuals with disabilities.

The Alaska Dispatch has a wonderful article about John here:  John Devens, mayor who led Valdez through Exxon oil spill, dies at 74

The family is building to endow the Dr. John Devens Scholarship which will support future students at Prince William Sound Community College. Donation can be made to: UA Foundation, Dr. John Devens Scholarship Fund, 1815 Bragaw St., Ste. 203, Anchorage, AK 99508.



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Take a peek at the work we’ve been doing!

Reports Compendium - Selected Scientific & Technical Reports - Updated 2014

Every year, the council updates its compendium of scientific research and technical reports. The compendium is an excellent overview of the work we do. It includes summaries and links to our scientific research and technical projects. The compendium includes council reports from the start of our research efforts in the early 1990’s through May 2014.  Researchers, educators, media, and anyone wanting to know about oil spill science will find information on topics such as dispersants, hydrocarbon toxicity, invasive species, oil spill prevention and response technologies, and much more. 

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Funds available for education programs related to oil spill prevention and response

UPDATE: The deadline for submitting proposals has passed.

The council is anticipating that a second round of proposals will begin mid-November 2014, with a deadline mid-December 2014 and award announcements mid-January 2015.

PREVIOUS POST: The council is inviting proposals for projects to educate students and the general public in the Exxon Valdez oil spill region about the council and topics relating to its mission.

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