The Observer Newsletter

The Observer Newsletter

The latest news about the safe transportation of oil in Prince William Sound

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The Council’s publication,The Observer, is a free quarterly newsletter with nearly 5,000 printed copies distributed throughout Prince William Sound, the northern Gulf of Alaska, lower Cook Inlet, and the Kodiak archipelago, as well as by request to interested citizens around the world, including regulators and industry.

The Observer covers council activities, developments in the oil transportation industry in Prince William Sound, including news about policies, regulations, operations at the Valdez Marine Terminal, oil spill prevention and response, effects of the oil industry on the environment, and other issues related to the safe transportation or oil through Prince William Sound. Major oil spill drills are covered, and Alyeska is invited to submit a column for each issue.

The latest articles from the Observer newsletter:

Photo of the Valdez Duck Flats.

New buoys will collect data about winds and currents in Port Valdez

In February, the Council reached an agreement with Alyeska that will improve knowledge about weather ... Read more.
Title is Then and Now: 30 Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

30 years after Exxon Valdez

How has oil transportation changed in Prince William Sound since 1989? The immediate cause of ... Read more.
Governor Steve Cowper signs into law a suite of bills developed to enhance Alaska’s oil spill preparedness in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Photo courtesy of David Rogers

How Alaskans redefined oil spill prevention and response

Alaska, and Prince William Sound in particular, is known for its world-class oil spill prevention ... Read more.
Donna Schantz

Thirty years later, Council continues mission to combat complacency

By Donna Schantz Executive Director On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground on ... Read more.
New study analyzes weather at Hinchinbrook Entrance

New study analyzes weather at Hinchinbrook Entrance

A recent Council-sponsored report found that wind and waves at Hinchinbrook Entrance may be under ... Read more.
Out-of-service buoy and winter storms raise concerns

Out-of-service buoy and winter storms raise concerns

An out-of-service buoy and a series of recent storms have combined to raise concern at ... Read more.
Photo of representatives from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservations and SERVS monitoring as as responders from the fishing vessel fleet deploy boom in Golden Bay, northwest Prince William Sound.

Drills test new response equipment and personnel

Exercises required for marine transition A series of drills and exercises, including one large no-notice ... Read more.
Photo of Betsi Oliver, outreach coordinator.

Community Corner: Council fosters pathways to engaged citizens

By Betsi Oliver Outreach Coordinator What makes the difference between youth who develop careers and ... Read more.

Questions or comments about The Observer newsletter? We’d like to hear from you! Please email or call: Amanda Johnson, Public Communications Project Manager, 907-273-6221.

Observer Archives

If you are looking for an article from a previous edition of The Observer:

    1. Individual articles written since 2013 are available in the Observer Article Archive.
    2. Articles 2012 and older are available via the PDF archives below.
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Spring 2019 Observer 1.9 MB | March 20, 2019
Summer 2018 Observer 2.2 MB | December 25, 2018
Spring 2018 Observer 2.4 MB | April 25, 2018
Fall 2017 Observer 0.8 MB | October 1, 2017
May 2017 Observer 1.6 MB | May 1, 2017
January 2017 Observer 4.3 MB | January 1, 2017
September 2016 Observer 0.8 MB | September 1, 2016
May 2016 Observer 1.2 MB | May 1, 2016
January 2016 Observer Newsletter 0.9 MB | January 1, 2016
September 2015 Observer 5.3 MB | September 1, 2015
July 2015 Observer Newsletter 2.5 MB | July 23, 2015
May 2015 Observer Newsletter 2.2 MB | May 5, 2015
January 2015 Observer Newsletter 1.8 MB | January 1, 2015
September 2014 Observer Newsletter 2.1 MB | September 1, 2014
July 2014 Observer Newsletter 7.8 MB | July 1, 2014
May 2014 Observer Newsletter 2.3 MB | May 6, 2014
January 2014 Observer Newsletter 3.8 MB | January 1, 2014
September 2013 Observer Newsletter 6.7 MB | September 6, 2013
July 2013 Observer Newsletter 0.5 MB | July 31, 2013
May 2013 Observer Newsletter 0.8 MB | May 9, 2013
January 2013 Observer Newsletter 1.3 MB | January 30, 2013
September 2012 Observer Newsletter 2.4 MB | September 30, 2012
July 2012 Observer Newsletter 3.1 MB | July 30, 2012
May 2012 Observer Newsletter 1.7 MB | May 1, 2012
January 2012 Observer Newsletter 0.8 MB | January 1, 2012
September 2011 Observer Newsletter 0.9 MB | September 1, 2011
July 2011 Observer Newsletter 1.1 MB | July 1, 2011
May 2011 Observer Newsletter 2.4 MB | May 1, 2011
January 2011 Observer Newsletter 2.3 MB | January 1, 2011
September 2010 Observer 5.0 MB | September 1, 2010
July 2010 Observer Newsletter 3.9 MB | July 1, 2010
May 2010 Observer Newsletter 2.6 MB | May 17, 2010
January 2010 Observer Newsletter 1.8 MB | January 1, 2010
September 2009 Observer Newsletter 10.3 MB | September 1, 2009
July 2009 Observer Newsletter 2.0 MB | July 1, 2009
May 2009 Observer Newsletter 1.6 MB | May 1, 2009
January 2009 Observer Newsletter 1.6 MB | January 1, 2009
September 2008 Observer Newsletter 0.7 MB | September 1, 2008
July 2008 Observer Newsletter 1.0 MB | July 1, 2008
May 2008 Observer Newsletter 1.8 MB | May 1, 2008
January 2008 Observer Newsletter 0.2 MB | January 1, 2008
September 2007 Observer Newsletter 0.9 MB | September 1, 2007
July 2007 Observer Newsletter 0.3 MB | July 1, 2007
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January 2007 Observer Newsletter 1.1 MB | January 1, 2007
September 2006 Observer Newsletter 1.5 MB | September 1, 2006
July 2006 Observer Newsletter 1.3 MB | July 1, 2006
May 2006 Observer Newsletter 0.9 MB | May 1, 2006
January 2006 Observer Newsletter 0.6 MB | January 1, 2006
September 2005 Observer Newsletter 0.7 MB | September 1, 2005
July 2005 Observer Newsletter 0.8 MB | July 1, 2005
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March 2005 Observer Newsletter 0.4 MB | March 1, 2005
December 2004 Observer Newsletter 0.7 MB | December 1, 2004
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March 2004 Observer Newsletter 0.8 MB | March 1, 2004
December 2003 Observer Newsletter 0.8 MB | December 1, 2003
September 2003 Observer Newsletter 0.7 MB | September 1, 2003
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March 2003 Observer Newsletter 1.1 MB | March 1, 2003
December 2002 Observer Newsletter 0.5 MB | December 1, 2002
September 2002 Observer Newsletter 0.9 MB | September 1, 2002
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March 2002 Observer Newsletter 0.4 MB | March 1, 2002
December 2001 Observer Newsletter 0.8 MB | December 1, 2001
September 2001 Observer Newsletter 10.9 MB | September 1, 2001
May 2001 Observer Newsletter 9.6 MB | May 1, 2001
February 2001 Observer Newsletter 5.8 MB | February 1, 2001
December 2000 Observer Newsletter 8.1 MB | December 1, 2000
September 2000 Observer Newsletter 4.4 MB | September 1, 2000
May 2000 Observer Newsletter 7.9 MB | May 1, 2000
March 2000 Observer Newsletter 4.9 MB | March 1, 2000
December 1999 Observer Newsletter 8.5 MB | December 1, 1999
October 1999 Observer Newsletter 4.7 MB | October 1, 1999
May 1999 Observer Newsletter 4.4 MB | May 1, 1999
March 1999 Observer Newsletter 3.2 MB | March 1, 1999
December 1998 Observer Newsletter 4.7 MB | December 1, 1998
September 1998 Observer Newsletter 4.3 MB | September 1, 1998
June 1998 Observer Newsletter 4.7 MB | June 1, 1998
June 1997 Observer Newsletter 9.0 MB | June 1, 1997
January 1997 Observer Newsletter 5.8 MB | January 1, 1997
August 1996 Observer Newsletter 3.6 MB | August 1, 1996
June 1996 Observer Newsletter 2.5 MB | June 1, 1996
April 1996 Observer Newsletter 4.9 MB | April 1, 1996
December 1995 Observer Newsletter 5.1 MB | December 1, 1995
September 1995 Observer Newsletter 5.6 MB | September 1, 1995
June 1995 Observer Newsletter 4.9 MB | June 1, 1995
February 1995 Observer Newsletter 3.1 MB | February 1, 1995
October 1994 Observer Newsletter 7.4 MB | October 1, 1994
July 1994 Observer Newsletter 4.1 MB | July 1, 1994
May 1994 Observer Newsletter 7.8 MB | May 1, 1994
February 1994 Observer Newsletter 6.1 MB | February 1, 1994
October 1993 Observer Newsletter 5.6 MB | October 1, 1993
July 1993 Observer Newsletter 5.8 MB | July 1, 1993
January 1993 Observer Newsletter 5.6 MB | January 1, 1993
September 1992 Observer Newsletter 5.8 MB | September 1, 1992
July 1992 Observer Newsletter 2.0 MB | July 1, 1992
April 1992 Observer Newsletter 5.5 MB | April 1, 1992
January 1992 Observer Newsletter 7.2 MB | January 1, 1992
September 1991 Observer Newsletter 8.9 MB | September 1, 1991
February 1991 Observer Newsletter 3.0 MB | February 1, 1991