Valdez Board meeting and community events May 3-5

Board of Directors meeting May 4 and 5

The Council’s Board of Directors will convene at the Valdez Convention & Civic Center in Valdez, Alaska on May 4 and 5, 2023. The meeting will also be streamed online for those unable to travel.

Community events on May 3

Meeting location: Valdez Convention & Civic Center

On the agenda

The tentative schedule for the Thursday session is from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday, the meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, except for executive sessions. Public comments are scheduled to be taken on Thursday starting at 8:40 a.m. Those wishing to speak during public comments are highly encouraged to sign up ahead of time by emailing Jennifer Fleming.

The Council will be conducting regular business during the meeting, including seating of established directors and committee members, election of new board officers, and updates from Council ex-officio members, staff and committees. Other topics included on the agenda are:

  • An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort/Response Vessel System operations.
  • A summary by Council staff of changes to Article 4 of 18 AAC 75 oil discharge prevention and contingency plan regulations implemented by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on February 5, 2023.
  • A report on research conducted to understand the environmental impacts of the oil spill that occurred at the Valdez Marine Terminal on April 12, 2020.
  • An overview of Council-commissioned review on the evolution of regulatory requirements affecting the transition of ocean shipping, and tankers in particular, to a sustainable model.
  • A report on an analysis of Alaska North Slope oil and how the oil properties could influence the effectiveness of oil spill response measures.
  • A summary of the Council’s monitoring of drills and exercises in 2022.
  • An update on community outreach activities done by the Council over the past year.
  • A report from the Council’s legislative monitors and staff on political developments and prospects coming out of Washington, D.C., and Juneau.

Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, flu, or cold should attend virtually.

The meeting agenda is subject to change before or during the meeting. Council board meetings are routinely recorded and may be disseminated to the public by the Council or by the news media.

Community events on May 3

Join the Council on a cruise (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

On Wednesday afternoon, the Council is sponsoring a 2.5-hour cruise to observe how Alyeska trains their contracted fishing fleet to respond to an oil spill. These local vessels and crews are the backbone of Alyeska’s oil spill response system. Learn how they help Alyeska stay prepared for an oil spill emergency.

The Stan Stephens’ Glacier Spirit will depart at 12:30 p.m. and return around 3 p.m.

Pre-registration required: Each passenger will need to reserve their seat by filling out this registration form (please submit one per passenger): Community Tour of SERVS Oil Spill Response Training, Valdez AK

Community reception (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Alaska Tanker Company, Hilcorp, and the Council will be co-sponsoring a community reception. The reception will be held outdoors from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kelsey Municipal Plaza, at 412 Ferry Way (map). In the event of inclement weather, the venue will shift to the Valdez Civic Center located at 110 Clifton Drive.


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