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.
Five council programs address these responsibilities:
- Environmental Monitoring
- Oil Spill Prevention Planning
- Oil Spill Response Operations
- Terminal Operations
- Maritime Operations
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 2016
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. Some notable examples include:
Marine Firefighting Symposium (2003-present)
South West Alaska Pilots Association, US Coast Guard, Division of Emergency Services, Alaska Tanker Company, SeaRiver, Polar Tankers, Prince William Sound Community College, Bullard, Fire Protection Publications
Youth Involvement (2009-present)
Alaska Geographic, Chugach National Forest, Prince William Sound Science Center, Valdez Schools, Chugach School District, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Valdez Fisheries, Valdez Museum, Stan Stephens Cruises, Oil Spill Recovery Institute, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Conoco Phillips, Institute of the North, Northern Forum, UAA, Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, Gulf of Alaska Keepers, Anchorage School District, Valdez School District, Cordova School District, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, REI, Kodiak Marine Stewardship Club, Ocean Science Discovery Lab, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Kodiak Island Borough School District, US Forest Service, King Career Center, Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Copper River Watershed Project, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
Valdez Marine Terminal Contingency Plan Coordination Working Group (1997-present)
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior/Bureau of Land Management), Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Tanker Contingency Plan Coordination Working Group (1997-2006)
US Coast Guard, Alaska Tanker Company, ConocoPhillips, SeaRiver, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
ARRT Science & Technology Committee Dispersant Working Groups (2003-present)
US Coast Guard, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, BP, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Interior, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, BIA, US Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, Alaskan Natives and the oil industry.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Research (1997-present)
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, US Coast Guard, University of Alaska Fairbanks, oil shipping companies, SERVS
Prince William Sound Risk Assessment (1997-1999)
US Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, oil shipping companies, Southwest Alaska Pilots’ Association, SERVS
Remote Ice Detection Radar System (2000-2002)
US Coast Guard, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Prince William Sound Community College, Oil Spill Recovery Institute, U. S. Army, Alaska Tanker Company with Captain & Crew of T/V Denali, North Star Terminal & Stevedore Company, Southwest Alaska Pilots Association, Alaska Foundation Technologies, City of Valdez, Crowley Marine Services, National Guard Armory (Valdez), Roosevelt Towing, Samson Tug & Barge, TCC, VECO
Geographic Response Strategies Working Groups for Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, and Kodiak (1997-present)
US Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, USMMS, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, oil spill cooperatives, shippers and the oil industry.