Council study to look at extreme weather at Hinchinbrook Entrance

The Council is beginning a project to better define weather at the Hinchinbrook Entrance to Prince William Sound, Alaska. Wind and wave conditions affect the transit of oil-laden tankers through Hinchinbrook Entrance, and can impact an oil spill response. This project will look at wind speed and wave height in particular, as they most affect escort tugs attempting to rescue a stricken tanker at Hinchinbrook Entrance. Additionally, the study will look at navigability for oil spill response vessels and the probability of the concurrent occurrence of darkness, freezing temperature, rain, snow, fog (low visibility), and sea spray icing conditions. The Council hopes to answer two questions from this research: How often do extreme events and/or closure conditions (winds at 45 knots or seas exceeding 15 feet at Seal Rocks) occur at Hinchinbrook Entrance? How well does the definition or identification of a closure condition reflect the conditions actually experienced by vessels? Print PDF … Continue reading

Oil spill contingency plan reviewers needed

The Council is looking for experts who are familiar with oil spill contingency planning issues in Alaska to help the Council review spill contingency plans related to the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers. The Council participates in public reviews related to: The Prince William Sound crude oil tanker oil spill contingency plans The Valdez Marine Terminal oil spill contingency plan Federal/State Preparedness Plans for Response to Oil and Hazardous Substance Discharges/Releases. Review and implementation of conditions of plan approvals placed on the plans by state or federal regulatory agencies Other continuous improvement processes, proposed amendments to the plans, and other plan-related issues when appropriate We are hoping to identify and pre-qualify technical experts who may be called upon to offer expert advice on the Council’s issues and concerns. Interested technical experts are encouraged to submit a statement of qualifications listing their expertise for consideration. Print PDF … Continue reading

Funds available for educational projects related to our mission

Please note the deadline for submitting proposals has passed. The council works 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 new generations of citizens are not continually reminded of the need for ongoing oil spill prevention. To support this effort, the council is inviting proposals for facilitating learning experiences with Exxon Valdez oil spill region youth. Deadline Please note the deadline for submitting proposals has passed. Submittal Deadline: May 8, 2017 Award Announcement: July 1, 2017 Print PDF … Continue reading