Council board meeting held in Anchorage

The council’s board of directors met on January 19 and 20, 2017. Topics included on the agenda included: Presentations by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and PWSRCAC regarding the change in Alyeska’s marine services contract provider from Crowley Maritime to Edison Chouest Offshore set to take place July 1, 2018. These services include key oil spill prevention and response assets such as escort tugs, oil recovery barges and associated personnel for service in Prince William Sound. A presentation by council contractor Robert Allan LTD outlining some concerns and recommendations on the new escort and support tugs being built by Edison Chouest Offshore for the marine services transition. Robert Allan LTD is a firm of internationally-recognized naval architects and marine engineers known for their innovative designs for vessels of almost all types, from high-performance tugs to ferries to sophisticated research vessels. A presentation by the co-chair of the Alaska Regional Response Team on their recent activities. The Alaska Regional Response Team is in charge of planning responses to oil spills in Alaska waters. A presentation by council staff on the Alaska Regional Response Team’s public outreach efforts to identify dispersant use avoidance areas. This process is part of the January 2016 update to Alaska’s Dispersant Use Plan for Alaska, and is designed to help identify areas 24 to 200 miles from Alaska’s coastline where the use of dispersants should require additional consideration prior to being used. A presentation from council staff regarding cracking that was found and repaired in the lining of one of the secondary containment systems at the Valdez Marine Terminal. In the event of a spill from a crude oil storage tank, secondary containment systems are designed to prevent oil from polluting surface or groundwater resources. … Continue reading

Council’s executive committee re-elected to another term in office

The council board held annual elections to choose its seven-member executive committee at its May meeting in Valdez. Amanda Bauer of Valdez was elected to her fourth consecutive term as president. Thane Miller, who represents Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation on the board, was elected to his fourth consecutive term as vice-president. Bob Shavelson, who represents the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition, was re-elected as secretary. Wayne Donaldson, who represents the City of Kodiak, was elected as treasurer. Long-time board member Patience Andersen Faulkner, who represents the Cordova District Fishermen United, Robert Archibald, who represents the City of Homer, and Melissa Berns, who represents the Kodiak Village Mayors Association were all re-elected to serve as at-large members of the executive committee. These officers will serve until the next elections in May 2016. Duffy resigns from board Pat Duffy, who served on the council’s board of directors since September of 2007, resigned in May. Duffy represented the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. He served several terms as vice president and as member-at-large. He also served on the council’s finance committee, helping to oversee development of the council’s annual budget and other financial matters. … Continue reading

Board of directors meeting in Cordova

The council’s board of directors met in Cordova on September 15 and 16. Topics on the agenda included: An update on Alyeska’s plan for the transition from Crowley to Edison Chouest The council’s plan to monitor the transition from Crowley to Edison Chouest An update on the renewal of the Prince William Sound oil spill contingency plan for tankers An update on the status of Prince William Sound herring A presentation on requirements for marine vessel pilots in Prince William Sound An update on BP’s use of foreign-flagged vessels in Prince William Sound   Download meeting materials: … Continue reading

Council board meeting held in Valdez

The council’s board of directors recently held a board meeting in Valdez. On the agenda: An overview of the standards for the escort tugs, barges, and other equipment that is required for oil spill prevention and response in Prince William Sound A presentation about potential changes by the Alaska Regional Response Team to the Regional Stakeholder Committee, that allows stakeholders an opportunity to provide input in the event of an oil spill or pollution incident A presentation on how oil dispersants may impact the health of wildlife A presentation on recent changes to how dispersants are approved for use in Alaska An update on council outreach activities for the past year … Continue reading