The Council held a meeting in Valdez on Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, 2022.
On the agenda
The Council conducted regular business during the meeting, including seating of established directors and committee members, election of new board officers, and updates from Council ex-officio members, staff and committees. Other topics included on the agenda are:
- An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort/Response Vessel System operations and remarks from Danika Yeager, Alyeska interim president.
- An update from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Spill Prevention and Response.
- A resolution recognizing Patience Andersen Faulkner, who stepped down after representing Cordova District Fishermen United on the Council’s board since 1998.
- A report on the current state and history of developing sensitive area protection strategies for the Copper River Delta and Flats region in the event of an oil spill.
- An overview of Council-commissioned coursework developed by AVTEC Maritime Training Center in Seward, Alaska, to better prepare mariners, including real life situations with simulator scenarios based on activities occurring in Prince William Sound.
- A presentation by Marine Exchange of Alaska on their marine safety mission and where their work shares common interests with the Council.
- A summary of the results from the Council’s annual Long-Term Environmental Monitoring Program, analyzing mussels, marine sediment, and passive sampling devices to monitor oil contamination associated with operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and associated tankers.
- An update on community outreach activities done by the Council over the past year.
- An update on an ongoing project to review the Council’s position on the use of dispersants in the event of an oil spill in our region.
- A report from the Council’s legislative monitors and staff on political developments and prospects coming out of Washington, D.C., and Juneau.
Face mask requirements and other COVID-19 mitigation measures will be in place and posted at the board meeting.
The meeting agenda provided is subject to change before or during the meeting. Council board meetings are routinely recorded and may be disseminated to the public by the council or by the news media.