Publications about our history

Below are selected publications and documents related to the history of the Council and the Exxon Valdez oil spill, among other topics.

Stories from a citizens’ council

Personal reflections on the formation and early years of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. This publication was redesigned and rereleased in 2023.

Then & Now

This publication describes the changes in the oil industry in Prince William Sound since 1989. Changes in spill prevention, spill response, operations at the terminal, and more are covered.

Contract between the Council and Alyeska

This contract describes the terms of the contract between the Council and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, including the agreement for independence and legal autonomy, scope of services, and funding, among other details.

Oil Pollution Act of 1990

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990, also referred to as “OPA 90,” was enacted after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Among other requirements, it established two regional citizens’ advisory councils, our Council and the Cook Inlet Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council (

Annual reports

The Council’s Annual Reports are a summary of work done by the Council each year.

Oral histories

The Council has two collections of oral histories, “The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster” released in 2009, and a collection of audio and video interviews available through Project Jukebox, an oral history archive at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Related content in our resource library: Documents on Citizen Oversight and History of the Council

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