The Council held its annual Board meeting in Valdez, Alaska, on May 5-6, 2022. Among other business, the Board convened to elect officers who will serve from May 2022 to May 2023.
The elected executive committee is comprised of:
President: Robert Archibald, representing the City of Homer
Vice President: Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez
Treasurer: Wayne Donaldson, representing the City of Kodiak
Secretary: Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition
Ben Cutrell, representing Chugach Alaska Corporation
Robert Beedle, representing the City of Cordova
Angela Totemoff, representing the Community of Tatitlek
“I am honored to serve as president of the Board for another year,” said Robert Archibald. “As one of two regional citizens advisory councils in the nation, it is incumbent upon our organization to hold accountable industry and regulators. It is essential that the highest safety standards are maintained in order to prevent oil spills and make sure there is a strong response system in place should prevention measures fail in order to protect the citizens, Valdez Marine Terminal workforce, associated tanker crews, and Alaska’s environment which we hold so dear.”
The Council is grateful to have the support of its many volunteers from all over the Exxon Valdez oil spill region. The new executive committee is an excellent representation of the Council.
The Council’s longest-serving member of its Board of Directors has retired from her service to the Council. At its meeting on May 5, the Council passed a unanimous resolution honoring Andersen Faulkner. The full text is below.
Resolution 22-01: Commending and Expressing Gratitude for Patience Andersen Faulkner’s Dedication and Service to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council and in Alaska
WHEREAS, during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Patience Andersen Faulkner served as a paralegal assisting fishermen in Cordova, Alaska, to successfully process claims for damages, as well as supporting community members as they grappled with the aftermath of the spill; and,
WHEREAS, on December 3, 1998, Faulkner was seated on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Board of Directors, representing the Cordova District Fishermen United, making her the Council’s longest-serving Director, with a stellar attendance record, having made 114 Board meetings; and,
WHEREAS, Faulkner’s pioneering work with Dr. Steve Picou documenting the profound human health and societal impacts of oil spills has been recognized and accepted by federal regulators and the President’s Oil Spill Commission, and is now recommended for the list of damages that responsible parties must legally acknowledge and attempt to address in the wake of a large oil spill; and,
WHEREAS, Faulkner was instrumental in one of the Council’s earliest and most successful projects, “Coping with Technological Disasters – A User Friendly Guidebook,” which stemmed from her work with Picou, and she has continued to contribute to the Guidebook, most recently in a complete revision in 2020; and,
WHEREAS, Faulkner and Picou led work to develop the Council’s Peer Listening Program to train local residents to provide peer support in disaster-impacted communities; and,
WHEREAS, after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Faulkner was sought out, made trips to the Gulf of Mexico to visit affected people – speaking to packed community halls, and in Alaska hosted groups from the Gulf seeking information and guidance; and
WHEREAS, Faulkner was instrumental in promoting federal legislation, signed into law in 2010, that ensures two escort tugs accompany each loaded oil tanker through Prince William Sound, establishing one of the most significant programs in place to prevent oil spills; and,
WHEREAS, during her tenure with the Council, Faulkner served as president of the Board from 2007-2009, as well as other elected officer positions on the Executive Committee at various times, and has served on a number of Board and technical committees; and,
WHEREAS, as a traditional instructor of Alaska Native crafts, community leader, and tribal elder, Faulkner has taken on many roles and contributed her knowledge at regional, national, and even international events, including presenting at Rutgers University and speaking for the 25th anniversary of the Amoco Cadiz oil spill in France; and,
WHEREAS, Faulkner has been an advocate for youth engagement in environmental stewardship, including supporting the initiation of and continuing work for the Council’s Youth Involvement project, now in its 15th successful year, and her efforts have contributed to new generations of youth who are connected to the importance of citizen oversight; and,
WHEREAS, Faulkner works tirelessly to learn from, teach, and support others, using her lifelong study of the art of conversation, “social butterfly” skills, thoughtful commentary, and humor to connect with people of all ages and walks-of-life; and
WHEREAS, Faulkner is a strong leader, recognized throughout Alaska and across the nation including as a 2012 recipient of the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award, who has been a tireless proponent of environmental and cultural stewardship; and,
WHEREAS, most who have worked with Faulkner will attest that their lives have been enhanced through her leadership, teachings, and friendship; and,
WHEREAS, Faulkner has announced her retirement from the Board of Directors.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council commends and expresses gratitude to Patience Andersen Faulkner for her many years of dedication to teaching, community support, and the safe transportation of crude oil throughout our region, and for her 24 years of service as a member of its Board of Directors; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council’s staff and volunteers will greatly miss Patience Andersen Faulkner’s guidance, teachings, friendship, and knowledge, and wish her the very best.
Resolution 22-02: Recognizing and Expressing Appreciation for Anil Mathur’s Contributions to the Safe Transportation of Oil in Prince William Sound and Throughout the West Coast
WHEREAS, Anil Mathur, President & CEO of Alaska Tanker Company (ATC), announced his retirement in 2020, after almost two decades of quality service and focus on safety; and,
WHEREAS, during Anil Mathur’s tenure, ATC transported over 1,916 million barrels of oil without any spills to sea, logged 23 million human-hours with only one lost time injury (a fractured finger); and
WHEREAS, Anil Mathur prioritized a mindfulness culture at ATC based on safety and well-being, supported by neuroscience, to overcome complacency and distraction, and improve safety performance and accountability; and,
WHEREAS, in addition to other accolades, Anil Mathur received the United Seamen’s Service 2019 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award, the AFL-CIO 2013 Labor-Management Award, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ 2010-2011 President’s Award, and was named the “CEO who gets it” by the National Safety Council in 2005; and,
WHEREAS, Anil Mathur put extensive time and effort into establishing and improving relationships with stakeholders, such as the Council, striving to find common ground within the shared goals; and,
WHEREAS, Anil Mathur proactively invited the Council to attend and participate in ATC’s annual Quality/Safety Management Review meetings, and learn about the systems used to ensure no accidents, no harm to people, and no damage to the environment; and,
WHEREAS, Anil Mathur never missed an opportunity to share safety culture in memorable ways, such as explaining the “swiss cheese model” of accident causation and his view that in order to have world-class performance you have to change the mindset, skillset, and toolset; and,
WHEREAS, Anil Mathur, and ATC under his leadership, exemplified the working relationship and values we all strive for – keeping our economy going in the absolute safest way possible for the sake of the environment, our communities and local economies, and those working within the oil transportation industry; and, WHEREAS, the hard work, dedication, and teamwork of everyone at ATC during Anil Mathur’s tenure showcased their commitment to each other and to the entire west coast of the United States and Canada.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council commends and expresses gratitude to Anil Mathur for his many years of dedication and commitment to the safe transportation of crude oil throughout the region of Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council’s staff and volunteers wish Anil Mathur all the best in his retirement, with the hope that his curiosity and open-minded perspective will continue such that the friendships that have been built along the way will be strengthened, and new friendships realized.
PASSED AND APPROVED by the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council on this 5th day of May, 2022.
The Council works to educate Exxon Valdez region youth about the environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers. Working with area youth is vital to fight complacency that can arise if new generations of citizens are not continually reminded of the need for ongoing oil spill prevention.
To support this effort, the Council is inviting proposals for facilitating learning experiences with Exxon Valdez oil spill region youth.