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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

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 ( ).  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