The Council held virtual board meeting on Thursday and Friday, September 16-17, 2021.
On the agenda
The Council conducted regular business during the meeting, including updates from the Council’s ex-officio members, staff, and committees. Other topics on the agenda were:
- An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort/Response Vessel System operations.
- An update on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of regulations related to oil spill contingency planning and current challenges facing the department’s Division of Spill Prevention and Response.
- An overview of onboard ballast water treatment systems by representatives of ConocoPhillips and Polar Tankers.
- A presentation on the results of field trials to evaluate the effectiveness of messenger line throwing devices used to deploy towing lines between response tugs and vessels in distress.
- An overview of the Council’s updated Alaska Oil Spill Lesson Bank – educational resources for K-12 students.
- A presentation on marine bird surveys conducted in Prince William Sound in March of 2021.
- A report on data analyzed from the Council’s weather buoys in Port Valdez.
- A presentation on reports detailing the history of the Prince William Sound Tanker Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, documenting changes to the plan, regulatory positions and industry commitments.
- An overview of the updated dispersant research summary maintained by the Council, now current through 2021.
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