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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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Board of directors meeting in Cordova

The council’s board of directors will hold a board meeting in Cordova at The Little Chapel on Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16.

The tentative schedule for the Thursday session is to run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Friday, the meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am and adjourn at 2:45 pm. The meeting is open to the public, except for executive sessions. To attend this meeting by phone, please call 1-866-740-1260 and reference access code 8345010.

Public comments are tentatively scheduled to be taken Thursday starting at 9:45 am. Those interested in delivering public comments are encouraged to sign in.

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Become a Master of Disaster!

From the Valdez event: Kids race to be the first to run the length of an oil tanker.

Join staff and volunteers from the council, along with our partners Prince William Sound Science Center and Copper River Watershed Project, for an afternoon of FREE fun and interactive oil spill prevention and response activities for the whole family.

Event flyer. Click for larger image.

On Friday, September 16 from 3:30-5:30, join us at the commons at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Pick up a “passport” and receive stamps at each station, and become a Master of Disaster. Anyone who completes all of the stations wins a special prize. Stations will include:

  • Oil spill in a pan
  • Wildlife clean-up
  • How big is a tanker?
  • How do we protect sensitive areas?
  • And more!

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Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz in Valdez

The council is collaborating with the Prince William Sound College and the Smithsonian for a two-day Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz on September 9 and 10 in Valdez. Learn about invasive species that threaten Prince William Sound and look for them in Valdez Harbor.

Your help with this bioblitz will help establish critical baseline data for future research, invasive species management, and conservation initiatives.

Pre-training workshop on Friday, September 9.
Expedition to look for invasive species in Valdez harbor.

More details at the event website: Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz in Valdez

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.

Update: This article ran in the May issue of our newsletter, The Observer, stay tuned for updates in the next issue!

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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