News

Council continues to meet remotely

CIRCAC’s August meeting had been scheduled for Seldovia. Prioritizing the health and safety of our members, staff and invited presenters meant holding the meeting via video conference. Despite this being our first virtual meeting, nearly everyone on the council was able to participate and hear presentations from Graham Wood of the Alaska Department of Environmental » Learn More

ADEC regulatory review schedule pushed back

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is still working through a regulatory review of the state’s oil spill prevention and response laws. The department announced the review in December of 2019, citing a perceived burden to industry. ADEC Program Manager Graham Wood told us at the most recent council meeting in August that the timeline » Learn More

Maintaining safe operations during COVID-19

While most of us have had to learn to adapt to a new, temporary, normal during the ongoing pandemic, oil spill responders have fortunately been able to carry on without major disruption. In large part, this reflects the efficacy of prevention controls and systems already in place in Cook Inlet designed to avoid major incidents. » Learn More

CIRCAC granted federal recertification

On August 28th, we were notified that the U.S. Coast Guard had approved CIRCAC’s application for recertification. This triennial recertification required a public comment period, for which dozens of comments supporting CIRCAC were submitted from industry and regulatory partners, municipalities and a variety of regional interest groups. CIRCAC’s record for recertification from the USCG remains » Learn More

CIRCAC welcomes USCG Capt. Leanne Lusk to new post

A change of command ceremony was held in Anchorage July 15th, where Capt. Sean MacKenzie was relieved by Capt. Leanne Lusk of command of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.

Committee Chairs, Vice-Chairs elected

A big part of conducting regular Council business, even in times that are anything but regular, is committee elections. This month, elections were held for the PROPS and Protocol committees. Choosing experienced, qualified committee leadership is an invaluable part of the continued success of CIRCAC.

GRID system development continues

Like everyone, the Corona virus pandemic has forced us to cancel certain plans this summer. Regular response training drills with our industry and state partners have been postponed. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t still sharpening the tools that would be deployed in the event of an incident in Cook Inlet.

Outreach Director paddles into retirement

It’s a uniquely Alaskan equation: a few bucks in pocket, a bit of wanderlust and the energy of youth are all that many need to find their way to, and make a new life in, Alaska. That’s true for Lynda Giguere who retired at the end of May as our Director of Public Outreach. “I » Learn More

Recertification application open for comments

Each year, CIRCAC undergoes a formal review for recertification by the U.S. Coast Guard. The review ensures we’re meeting our obligations under OPA 90 and properly serving the communities in which we work. This year, the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct its triennial review; a more in depth accounting of CIRCAC’s work and process in » Learn More

Glacier Oil and Gas suspends operations in Cook Inlet

Glacier Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of Cook Inlet Energy, LLC, has been granted approval to suspend its operations at the Redoubt Unit (RU) by the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas. In granting the Suspension of Operation and Production (SOP), Division Director Tom Stokes found that SOP will “promote the prevention of economic and » Learn More