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.