CIRCAC Elections Notice

Annual elections to CIRCAC’s Board of Directors will take place at our annual meeting, April 14th, 2023. We are also looking for committee volunteers (see below). For more information on how to participate, email   Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council   Concerned Citizens Needed   Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) is » Learn More

AVTEC Scholarship winner announced

We are happy to announce Carly Ness is the winner of this year’s Marathon/CIRCAC scholarship for the Alaska Maritime Training Center at AVTEC. The $2,500 scholarship program launched in 2019 in partnership with Marathon Petroleum to “provide advanced training for Cook Inlet’s challenging environment,” says Captain John Schneider of Marathon, who was instrumental in designing » Learn More

Council meets in Seldovia

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council met in Seldovia on September 9th. This was our first in-person meeting since 2019 and, between weather issues and then the COVID-19 pandemic, our first trip to Seldovia since 2016. The Council heard presentations from Hilcorp, Marathon Petroleum and the U.S. Coast Guard. USCG Capt. Leanne Lusk highlighted » Learn More

Summer field work resumes

We are pleased to have resumed field activities this summer after being unable to do so over the past two years due to COVID travel restrictions. First on the list is updating coastal imagery and habitat information along the outer Kenai Peninsula. This area was originally surveyed in 2002 and was one of the earliest » Learn More

Scholarship winners announced

We are proud to announce recipients for CIRCAC’s annual scholarship program.   Matfey Reutov, a graduating senior at Voznesenka won our Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies. Matfey plans to attend Kenai Peninsula College to study welding. “The thing that makes me most excited is that I can pursue something that I have » Learn More

CIRCAC seeking new member applications

NOTICE OF UPCOMING 2022 ELECTIONS AND REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC), a congressionally-mandated citizens’ council for oversight of oil industry operations and safe marine transportation in the Cook Inlet and Kodiak Island areas, represents regional stakeholder groups through its Board of Directors. Those groups are: Alaska Native, Environmental, Recreation, » Learn More

CIRCAC $2,500 Scholarship Applications Now Open

Apply for our scholarships here.

ADEC opens public comment period for proposed rule changes

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has opened its public comment period for proposed changes to oil spill prevention and response regulations. The Department has identified 32 sections for possible change in Section 18 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with oil spill response and prevention measures, including Contingency Plans, or C-Plans. ADEC began this » Learn More

Canine crewmember rescued after grounding of F/V Laura

Monday, November 1st, CIRCAC received notification from Sector Anchorage of an ongoing incident that had occurred over the weekend at Black Point on Kodiak (Sitkalidak Island in SE Kodiak). The Fishing Vessel (F/V) LAURA had run aground and was taking on water. The vessel’s crew abandoned ship and was subsequently rescued. The vessel master reported approximately » Learn More

Randolph Yost jack-up rig departs Cook Inlet

After more than a year docked at OSK Dock in Nikiski, the Randolf Yost jack-up rig left Cook Inlet in October. The Falcon heavy lift vessel moved the Randolf Yost out of Kachemak Bay October 25th, more than six years after Furie Operating Alaska moved it into Cook Inlet. The rig was used primarily in » Learn More