The council is hosting our annual Science Night event on December 5 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Anchorage. The event will include a poster session at 5:00 pm and presentations on topics related to the safe transportation of oil through Prince William Sound beginning at 6:00 pm.
The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) is inviting proposals for a project to assist regional stakeholders in developing a detailed technical understanding of proposed improved inspection technologies for buried piping and for above ground insulated piping at the Valdez Marine Terminal (VMT). The final work product of this effort is a report (a) describing the present and planned inspection programs of the operator (Alyeska Pipeline Service Company [Alyeska]) of the VMT; and (b) comparing in summary fashion a reasonably complete set of commercially available inspection technologies and services with the inline inspection technology being implemented by Alyeska. Additionally, a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the work product developed for PWSRCAC given at a location in Alaska is required.
The council wishes to educate Exxon Valdez region youth about the environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers. Working with area youth is vital to fight complacency that can arise if citizens are not continually aware of the need for ongoing oil spill prevention.
The council is inviting proposals for projects to educate youth and teachers in the Exxon Valdez oil spill region about the council and topics relating to its mission.
Proposed topics could include, but are not limited to: citizens’ oversight; environmental impacts of the operation of the Alyeska Marine Terminal in Valdez and the associated oil tankers; oil spill prevention and response planning; or other topics related to our mission.
Find out more about previous projects funded through this program on our Youth Involvement project page.
Submittal Deadline: December 13, 2013
Award Announcement: December 20, 2013
Changes to how dispersants are authorized for use during an oil spill are being proposed by the Alaska Regional Response Team (ARRT). The ARRT is a combination of federal, state and local agencies that share responsibilities for managing oil and chemical spill responses in Alaska.
The ARRT is holding a series of public meetings to present information and hear public comment on their draft changes to the plan authorizing the use of chemical dispersants in Alaska waters during an oil spill response. The council encourages all individual citizens and groups that may be concerned about the preauthorization of chemical oil dispersant use in Alaska to attend these forums.
The 2013 Marine Firefighting Symposium was held October 8-10 in Seward. This was the first time the symposium was held in a community outside of Valdez. By working with the Seward Fire Department and AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology, this year’s symposium was also the first time that live fire training was part of the program.
There were 39 participants and eight facilitators at the event. The entire state was well represented with a good mix of communities and industry partners. Attendance numbers were lower this year due to several factors, including the federal government shutdown.
We were given a great deal of support from the Seward Chamber of Commerce, Seward Fire Department, Scott and Eagle Safety, AVTEC, Kenai Fjords Tours, Foss, Crowley Maritime, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, Resolve Marine and the International Fire Service Training Association. The Alaska Department of Homeland Security provided funds for 11 firefighters from across the state to travel to the event.