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The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council was formed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill to provide a voice for citizens affected by decisions related to the Alyeska pipeline terminal and associated tankers. Learn more: History of the council.

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Now hiring: Director of External Communications

Anchorage

The council is seeking a director of external communications. This person will act as a spokesperson for the organization, develop and maintain effective relations and communications with stakeholders and the media, educate and inform various audiences via multiple outreach channels about the council and our work and mission: Citizens promoting environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers in Prince William Sound.

This position is based in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information, visit our employment page.

Council to develop public relations and branding strategy

The council is inviting proposals to conduct an audit of current public relations, communications, and brand (organizational reputation) of PWSRCAC and develop recommendations for improving these efforts to engage a larger audience and build support for the council’s mission.

The final work product of this effort is a report that will cover:

  1. Results from the audit of the current PWSRCAC brand and public relations efforts;
  2. Recommendations and plan for improving public relations and communications efforts.

Currently, the council does not have a formal public relations or branding plan. The council is looking for a partner to help evaluate current public outreach efforts and brand identity and make recommendations for improvement. Continue reading

Marine services for Alyeska to change hands in 2018

The tug Tanerliq tethered to the tanker Overseas Washington in 2002.

The tug Tanerliq tethered to the tanker Overseas Washington in 2002. Photo by Stan Jones.

Crowley Marine Services, the contractor who provides oil spill prevention and response services to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, will no longer provide those services after June 30, 2018.

Crowley has held this contract with Alyeska since the company created its Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, also known as SERVS, after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Crowley also provided tanker docking services since 1977, and helped dock the first tanker at the Valdez terminal.

Crowley owns the powerful tugboats that escort loaded oil tankers through Prince William Sound. The tugs also scout for ice drifting from nearby Columbia Glacier, and are equipped to start cleaning up a spill or tow a disabled tanker if needed. In addition to the escort tugs, Crowley owns response tugs that help the tankers dock and other support vessels and barges stationed in Prince William Sound which contain Alyeska’s boom, skimmers, and other equipment for a quick response to an oil spill.

Crowley employs 230 mariners and 17 administrative personnel in the area.

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Community Corner: A tour of the crown jewel of local oil spill response

By Lisa Matlock
Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Matlock, center, poses with the Seward High School students and teachers in the bow of the Glacier Explorer.

Lisa Matlock, center, poses with the Seward High School students and teachers in the bow of the Glacier Explorer. Scroll down for more photos.

I was a Homer resident for five years. Each spring I watched a fleet of fishing boats carrying noisy, funny-looking machines and pulling long orange and yellow lines around in circles near the Spit. I can remember asking, “What are they doing out there?” The answer was always, “Oh, that’s just SERVS training.” I never learned more than that until my first year with the council when I had the opportunity to observe that training personally.

For two days, I participated in classroom training with a group of fishermen and other mariners about spill safety, oil spill tactics, wildlife protection, and Geographic Response Strategies for sensitive areas. I learned about different types of hydraulic power packs, skimmers, and oil containment boom. Classroom work culminated in an all-day on-water training, with the fleet of local Homer boats out doing what I had only wondered about years before. Not only did I finally understand what the training was, I also learned more about oil spill response in three days than in my weeks of reading at my desk in the office. I decided that everyone in the Exxon Valdez oil spill region could benefit by understanding what their local fishermen and mariners were out there doing each year, and how their community is ready to respond in the case of an oil spill. And the council agrees!

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