Our Work

The council performs a variety of functions aimed at reducing pollution from crude oil transportation through Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska:

  • Monitor, review, and comment upon oil spill response and prevention plans prepared by Alyeska and by operators of oil tankers.
  • Monitor, review, and comment upon the environmental protection capabilities of Alyeska and the tanker operators, as well as on the environmental, social and economic impacts of their activities.
  • Review and make recommendations on government policies, permits, and regulations relating to the oil terminal and tankers.

The Alyeska contract also calls for the Council to increase public awareness of the company’s oil spill response, spill prevention, and environmental protection capabilities, as well as the actual and potential environmental impacts of terminal and tanker operations.

Find out more about the Council programs that address these responsibilities::

Read more about our recent work in the latest annual report:

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Our plan for the future

Every year, the council updates its strategic plan, also known as the “long range plan.” The plan looks at new and continuing projects for the next five years, with a special focus on projects proposed for the upcoming fiscal year. This document serves as a guide for the organization to achieve its mission of promoting environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers.

Download the current plan: Long Range Strategic Plan

Overview of council research

Every year, the council updates its compendium of scientific research and technical reports. The compendium is an excellent overview of the work we do. It includes summaries and links to our scientific research and technical projects. The compendium includes council reports from the start of our research efforts in the early 1990’s through May 2014.

Download the compendium: Reports Compendium – Updated through December 2017

Working together for a safer sound

One of the objectives of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was to foster partnerships among the oil industry, government agencies, and local citizens. We have learned over the years that partnerships among stakeholders can lead to good policies, safer transportation of oil, better oil spill response capabilities, and improved environmental protection. Ex-officio members and other organizations routinely participate in the technical committee meetings, contributing expertise and other assistance with council projects. Many of PWSRCAC’s major successes have been jointly achieved through technical and regulatory working groups and funding partnerships among government, industry, and citizen representatives.