A fishing vessel practices using oil spill boom and skimmers during fishing vessel training last year. The fishermen bring valuable knowledge about local waters during a spill response. Fishing vessel response was a major improvement in oil spill prevention and response since the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Photo by Cathy Hart.

Oil Spill Response Operations

Through the Oil Spill Response Operations program, the Council monitors activities related to the operational readiness of oil spill response personnel, equipment, and organization of the trans-Alaskan pipeline shipping industry. This program monitors oil spill incidents, drills, and exercises within Prince William Sound and evaluates response readiness. 

Drills test new response equipment and personnel

Photo of Representatives from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and SERVS observing an oil spill exercise in Prince William Sound.
Exercises required for marine transition A series of drills and exercises, including one large no-notice drill, helped assess the new ...
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How Alaskans redefined oil spill prevention and response

How Alaskans redefined oil spill prevention and response
Alaska, and Prince William Sound in particular, is known for its world-class oil spill prevention and response system. But it ...
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Whittier community engages with on-water oil spill response training

Photo of two of the new Edison Chouest tugs, and an an oil spill response barge who were participating in the training.
The Council held its fourth annual fishing vessel oil spill response training tour in Whittier, Alaska, on September 25, 2018 ...
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Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor

Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor
Prince William Sound was a hive of activity this summer. On July 1, Alyeska’s marine services contractor transitioned from Crowley ...
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Changes to oil spill contingency plans approved

Changes to oil spill contingency plans approved
Extensive amendments due to transition The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation recently approved major amendments to oil spill contingency plans ...
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New tech improves knowledge of water circulation in Port Valdez

New tech improves knowledge of water circulation in Port Valdez
By Jeremy Robida Council Project Manager This year, the Council completed a multi-year study with the Prince William Sound Science ...
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