Cook Inlet Navigator June Issue

In this issue, we share our experiences at the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command ceremony in Juneau, invite public comment for Cook Inlet RCAC recertification, and discuss our concerns about a Coast Guard rule-making proposal.

Board Meeting Presentations

During our board meeting in April, we heard from the U.S. Coast Guard on the Kulluk response and Tesoro on their Alaska operations, and received a briefing from Nuka Research and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on the US Coast Guard’s proposed rulemaking on preemption of state regulations. You will find these reports, as » Learn More

Cook Inlet Navigator e-News

Inside our April issue: 2013 Annual Report, April recap of activities, Council and Committee appointments.

ShoreZone puts the Arctic on display

A new Coastal Impressions exhibit was unveiled at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in January. Coastal Impressions: A Photographic Journey along Alaska’s Arctic Coast, featured dozens of spectacular photos from the Arctic leg of the Alaska ShoreZone Mapping Program, taken along 10,000 km (6,000 mi) of shoreline during 2012 and 2013. Dozens of vivid, large » Learn More

Cook Inlet RCAC welcomes new certified members

We are pleased to welcome three new Certified Members of the Cook Inlet RCAC–the Native Village of Eklutna, as a lawful Alaska Native entity; and the Anchorage Waterways Council and Great Land Trust, as certified environmental groups. Now that they are certified, they are eligible to nominate and vote for individuals to represent their interests » Learn More

Cook Inlet RCAC inviting membership; accepting new board appointments

Since its inception, the Cook Inlet RCAC has formed partnerships and encouraged consensus decision making. Through this process we bring stakeholders together to create environmental monitoring and oil spill prevention programs to promote safe production and transportation of oil in Cook Inlet. Our Board of Directors consists of representatives of 13 stakeholder organizations (and their » Learn More

U.S. Coast Guard releases final non-tank vessel response planning regulations

On September 30, the U.S. Coast Guard released the final regulations [Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 189] requiring non-tank vessels to have plans in place similar to those required of tank vessels since the late 1990s. The new regulations also include salvage and marine firefighting, again similar to the tank vessel requirements. The CIRA Advisory » Learn More

New Work Plan

The Cook Inlet maritime risk assessment management team has signed off on a work plan for the remainder of the project, which is expected to wrap up in September 2014. Among the remaining tasks is to research and analyze five risk reduction options, including current towing resources, constructing a trans-Cook Inlet subsea pipeline, enhanced situational » Learn More