News

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

CIRCAC Board to meet Dec. 3rd

The CIRCAC Board of Directors will meet virtually on Friday, Dec. 3rd, 2021. As has been the case since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the health and safety of our Board members, staff and the public are our top priority as we continue to conduct regular Council business. Copies of the meeting agenda » Learn More

Kodiak Scholarship Fair to be held virtually

CIRCAC will participate in the 8th annual Kodiak Island Scholarship Fair, happening virtually on Nov. 19, 2021. We will again offer two scholarships: The Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies, and the James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Sciences. The intent of the scholarship is to launch an undergraduate degree pursuit, or a professional maritime » Learn More

BOEM planning for public comments on federal lease sale

A recent press release by the Department of the Interior (DOI) outlined their planned next steps for offshore and onshore oil and gas leasing (https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-files-court-brief-outlining-next-steps-leasing-program ).  The announcement summarized a brief submitted in response to a preliminary injunction by a Louisiana district court that prevented the pause in new federal oil and gas leasing set » Learn More

CIRCAC Science Director receives Legacy Award

CIRCAC Director of Science and Research Susan Saupe has been recognized by the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force with its annual Legacy Award. The Task Force solicits nominations for candidates including individuals, teams, and entities that have carried out exemplary work in the field of oil spill prevention, preparedness and response every two » Learn More

BOEM grant will help streamline contaminant data in Cook Inlet

CIRCAC is finalizing work to secure a three-year grant from the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) to study contaminates in Cook Inlet. The $325,000 grant will fund work that analyzes and evaluates current contaminate data sets and study methods, identifies Environmental Protection Agency priority pollutants and other hydrocarbons and metals and compile a » Learn More

Hilcorp completes pipeline replacement

Hilcorp has completed work replacing a portion (approximately 4,000 feet) of subsea pipeline running from the Monopod platform. Several sections of concern were identified during routine inspections earlier this year. The company has also begun initial engineering and permitting to replace two subsea pipelines serving the Middle Ground Shoals platforms. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials » Learn More

DEC to release draft of rule changes in November

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will release its draft of proposed changes to state spill response regulations on November 1st. Tiffany Larson, Director of the Spill Prevention and Response (SPAR) division of ADEC provided the update to the CIRCAC Board of Directors at its meeting on September 10th.   A scoping project was undertaken » Learn More

Hilcorp to begin pipeline work

Hilcorp will begin work replacing a section of subsea pipeline from the Monopod platform in June. During routine inspections, several locations of concern were identified in the pipeline that runs from the Monopod to Trading Bay Production Facility (TBPF). The project was recently approved by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Divison of Oil and » Learn More

House Bill 104 Update

As the state legislature continues into a special budget session, CIRCAC continues to call on lawmakers to pass House Bill 104. We are specifically interested in Section 5 of the bill which would increase the state’s refined fuel surcharge to one and a half cents per gallon.   This modest increase would help fund sections » Learn More