New app encourages citizen science

  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is enlisting citizen help for identifying and documenting marine megafauna. The department has developed a new mobile app, called Ocean Alert, that will help BOEM plan offshore energy and mineral development “in ways that lessen the potential impacts to species such as sea turtles, sharks and whales » Learn More

December Council meeting to be held virtually

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Dec. 4th. This end of the year meeting is typically held in Anchorage. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, the meeting will be held remotely via video conference.

CIRCAC Announces Personnel Changes

As we near the end of 2020, CIRCAC administrative staff are taking on some new roles. Our current Administrative Assistant, Maddie Jamora, will be moving into her new position as Director of Administration. Jerry Rombach, our Director since 2011, will move into a part-time role focusing on special projects come the new year.

Barge grounding shows importance of response coordination

Maintaining safety and preparedness in Cook Inlet takes vigilance and, more importantly, communication. The recent grounding of CISPRI Barge 141 demonstrates the quality of that communication in Cook Inlet between partners in industry, government and public stakeholders.

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.