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Board Member Profile – Carla Stanley

This month, we meet Carla Stanley. Carla was first appointed to the CIRCAC Board of Directors in 2004 representing the city of Homer. As a retired science teacher, Carla takes particular interest in the environmental science work we do and has, among other roles, been a member of our scholarship selection committee since its inception » Learn More

Remembering Rep. Don Young

The CIRCAC staff and Board of Directors was saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Don Young in April. Rep. Young was a co-sponsor of and leading proponent for the passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the federal legislation created following the Exxon Valdez oil spill that created the citizens advisory group » 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

Molly McCammon retires from CIRCAC Board

After 18 years, we are saying a partial goodbye to Board member Molly McCammon. Molly was first appointed to represent the Municipality of Anchorage in 2004 and since that time has left a big mark on the organization, serving at various times as Board President, Chair of the Environmental Monitoring and Executive Committees and winning » Learn More

CIRCAC holds annual meeting

The CIRCAC Board of Directors met virtually and held its annual meeting on April 8th. We received from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Tim Robertson of Nuka Research announced forthcoming updates to our 10-year Vessel Traffic Study, last updated in 2020. Lori Nelson from Hilcorp and Todd » 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

BOEM opens public comment period for Cook Inlet lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management has opened its public comment period for Cook Inlet OCS Oil & Gas Lease Sale 258.  The draft environmental impact statement for the sale was issued on October 22, 2021. Staff will be reviewing the EIS for accuracy, data gaps and other potential issues that may need to » 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