Board of Directors met in Seward

Glacier near Seward, Alaska. Photo by Linda Robinson, July 2010The Council’s Board of Directors met in Seward on September 22 and 23, 2022. 

The Council conducted regular business during the meeting, including updates from Council ex officio members, staff and committees. Other topics included on the agenda were:

  • An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort Response Vessel System operations.
    A review of new designs for the replacement of the floor, and a system to limit corrosion within the floor, for one of the crude oil storage tanks at the Valdez Marine Terminal.
  • An update from Council staff and contractors and Alyeska staff on the monitoring of repairs and next steps resulting from snow and ice damage to tank vents at the Valdez Marine Terminal in February and March 2022.
  • Introduction and remarks from Interim Alyeska President Betsy Haines.
  • A video based on field trials for a recent Council study on passing messenger lines to disabled vessels, the first crucial step in setting up a tow line between a rescue tug and a tanker in distress.
  • Discussion to potentially update the Council’s 2006 position on use of dispersants in our region during an oil spill.
  • A report on the availability of out-of-region equipment that would be needed in the event of a major oil spill in our region.
  • A review and assessment of the Council’s Peer Listener Training Program and similar programs nationwide that promote peer-to-peer community support, specifically after disasters such as an oil spill.
  • A report on plankton sampling done throughout Port Valdez in 2021, to understand how these populations varied to improve the monitoring of invasive species.
  • A presentation on marine bird surveys conducted in Prince William Sound in March of 2022.

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News release: 

PWSRCAC Sept 2022 Board Meeting Press Release (0.5 MB)

Patience Andersen Faulkner retires; recognized for 24 years service

Andersen Faulkner speaks with Kristina Peterson, Russell Dardar, and Shirley Laska, resident of Louisiana visited Alaska after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill seeking advice from Alaskans who dealt firsthand with the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

The Board’s longest-serving member, Patience Andersen Faulkner, retired after 24 years of service to the Council’s mission.

Her first-hand experience with the spill began in 1989, first working through the advocacy of Chugach Alaska Corporation as a Native representative to VECO, and later processing legal claims for many commercial fishermen who were unable to make a living afterwards. Her experience led to her becoming the longest standing Board member, representing Cordova District Fishermen United.

Faulkner worked with Dr. Steve Picou after the spill to document the profound human health and societal impacts of oil spills, which 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. This work led to one of the Council’s most successful projects, “Coping with Technological Disasters – A User Friendly Guidebook.”

Faulkner has dedicated countless hours since she was seated in 1998, as she has served multiple times as president of the Board, as vice-president, treasurer, and as a member-at-large on the Executive Committee. She has also served on a number of other committees, including Finance, Board Governance, Long Range Planning, and Information and Education.

At its meeting in May, the Board passed a resolution of gratitude for Andersen Faulkner, who received a standing ovation. The full resolution lists more of Faulkner’s accomplishments.

The Coping with Technological Disasters guidebook includes a program called “Peer Listening,” which has helped communities deal with such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and other human-caused disasters around the U.S. and the world.

Read more about the development of the peer listening program from a 2021 interview with Faulkner: A good neighbor reflects on the art of listening

Council announces election of Board officers

Photo of Executive Committee for 2022-2023
PWSRCAC Executive Committee for May 2022-May 2023, left to right: Donaldson, Totemoff, Bauer, Archibald, Cutrell, and Beedle. Not pictured: Bob Shavelson.

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
  • Three Members-at-Large:
    • 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.

New members seated

Curtis Herschleb
Aimee Williams

The Board seated two new members. Curtis Herschleb was appointed by Cordova District Fishermen United to fill the seat held by Patience Andersen Faulkner, who retired this year. Aimee Williams has been appointed by the Kodiak Island Borough to fill the seat previously held by Rebecca Skinner.

News release:

May 2022 Board Officers Press Release (0.5 MB)

Board passes resolution honoring Patience Andersen Faulkner

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.

Related: A good neighbor reflects on the art of listening

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

Photo of Patience Andersen Faulkner
Patience Andersen Faulkner

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,

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