Oil Spill Response Operations

Through the Oil Spill Response Operations program, the Council monitors activities related to the operational readiness of oil spill response personnel, equipment, and organization of the trans-Alaskan pipeline shipping industry. This program monitors oil spill incidents, drills, and exercises within Prince William Sound and evaluates response readiness. 

Whittier community engages with on-water oil spill response training

Photo of two of the new Edison Chouest tugs, and an an oil spill response barge who were participating in the training.
The Council held its fourth annual fishing vessel oil spill response training tour in Whittier, Alaska, on September 25, 2018 ...
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Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor

Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor
Prince William Sound has a hive of activity this summer. On July 1, Alyeska’s marine services contractor transitioned from Crowley ...
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Changes to oil spill contingency plans approved

Changes to oil spill contingency plans approved
Extensive amendments due to transition The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation recently approved major amendments to oil spill contingency plans ...
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New tech improves knowledge of water circulation in Port Valdez

In this image, Shelton Gay, an oceanographer with the Prince William Sound Science Center and principal researcher for this project, prepares to launch a bouy.
By Jeremy Robida Council Project Manager This year, the Council completed a multi-year study with the Prince William Sound Science ...
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Plan for applying dispersants to crude oil spills in Alaska waters updated

Plan for applying dispersants to crude oil spills in Alaska waters updated
"The Council does not support the use of dispersants in our region, but with this new plan, responders are required ...
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Council issues position on safe crude oil tanker transit and escort vessel operation in the Sound

The Seward spill response fleet trains for spill response.
The Council voted unanimously on January 18, 2018, to pass a resolution stating that oil tankers and escort vessels should ...
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