Much of the council’s work is done through permanent volunteer technical committees made up of board members, technical experts, and local citizens with an interest in making oil transportation safer in Alaska.
These standing committees work with staff on projects, study and deliberate current oil transportation issues, and formulate their own advice and recommendations to the council’s full board of directors.
The committees provide an avenue for public participation in the council’s work.
The council has five technical committees:
- Oil Spill Prevention and Response
- Port Operations & Vessel Traffic Systems
- Scientific Advisory
- Terminal Ops & Environmental Monitoring
- Information and Education
Committees work closely with staff to advance projects. Committees often work with representatives of Alyeska, other industry groups, regulatory agencies, and other outside groups on special projects and in working groups. However, committees have no authority independent of the council.
The council needs volunteers! Are you familiar with oil spill planning or response, marine science or engineering, journalism, mass communication or public relations? We need committee volunteers with knowledge in these areas! Please consider volunteering for the council. For more information, visit: Volunteering for the council
Project teams consist of staff, board members and committee volunteers with a particular expertise or interest. They provide focused input and direction for existing projects to ensure that deadlines are met and that board and committee advice is available to assist in the development of work products. PWSRCAC contractors involved in specific projects may also be included in a project team except during discussions of contracting issues such as, but not limited to, development of requests for proposals and selection of contractors.
Project teams meet on a frequent, as needed basis and their work efforts may include reviewing contractor proposals and participating in contractor selection for board and/or executive director approval; reviewing contractor project scope, materials, reports and other deliverables; and providing input and direction on specific or general project elements.
Project team efforts are advisory only and report to the PWSRCAC technical committee assigned to the particular project(s) for additional input, development, and for final recommendation to the full board or Executive Committee. Examples of PWSRCAC project teams include: C-Plan Project Team, Dispersants Project Team, and the Long Term Environmental Monitoring Project Team.
Work groups may be set up by PWSRCAC, industry or regulators as an external multi-stakeholder process to help develop and guide a project, regulation, statute or general concept. A work group should operate with a specific mission statement and protocols for meetings, communications, and responsibilities.
Work groups may consist of PWSRCAC staff, board members, committee volunteers, and/or contractors along with industry representatives and regulators, non-governmental organization representatives and citizens with a particular expertise or interest needed to provide input and direction. Work group efforts are reported to the PWSRCAC technical committee assigned to the particular project(s) as well as any relevant project teams for additional input, development, and direction. Efforts and products of work groups may be made highly visible outside of PWSRCAC.
PWSRCAC representatives on a work group must seek approval of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee on positions and/or work products prior to making a commitment on behalf of PWSRCAC, unless a previously approved position exists.
Examples of work groups include Ice Detection Work Group (sponsored by PWSRCAC), Fire Symposium Work Group (sponsored by PWSRCAC), Ballast Water Treatment Work Group (sponsored by Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation), and the Non-indigenous Species Work Group (sponsored by PWSRCAC).