The Regional Stakeholder Committee (RSC) is a group of individuals invited to share their local knowledge with the agency and company representatives that will manage an oil spill response in Alaska. RSC members present issues of local concern and help identify local resources that could be useful to the response.
When an RSC is set up, it is a small but important part of a response that can help create a bridge between the response and affected communities or landowners.
The RSC is part of the formal spill response organization described in two levels of government response plans for oil spills in Alaska: the Alaska Regional Contingency Plan and the Prince William Sound (PWS) Area Contingency Plan.
About these resources
The Council developed these background reading materials for anyone who is:
- Participating on an RSC during an oil spill or exercise
- Planning to represent their community on an RSC if there is a spill
How should I use these background materials?
These materials are intended to help RSC members navigate the oil spill response organization and terms. They are also to assist RSC members to think about the kinds of local knowledge that they can bring to the response managers — whether about local waterways, sensitive resources, food security concerns, or other issues. As with most things in oil spill response, they will be most useful if reviewed and understood before a spill occurs.
Insight and advice
As these RSC resources were being assembled, two interviews were captured to give further insight and context into the RSC process:
Robert Archibald, president of the Council’s Board of Directors, has served as a representative of the City of Homer since May 2015. In this interview, he talks about his first involvement with the RSC process during a large-scale spill exercise in 2019.
Donna Schantz has been the Council’s Executive Director since January 2016 to present. In this interview she speaks about the Council, why the Council developed these resources, and how the RSC process can be beneficial for response decision makers.
For more information or to schedule a briefing on the RSC, please contact Jeremy Robida at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 834-5000.
Are you a Liaison Officer? See some suggestions for the Liaison Officer from the RSC perspective (PDF) collected from past Prince William Sound exercises.
Are you an RSC member? Learn more about the RSC and how it works. Find some helpful forms and templates in our toolkit. We’ve also developed some background information to help you understand the process.