Scholarship applications now open

CIRCAC is now accepting applications from qualified Cook Inlet students for our next round of $2,500 scholarships offerings. Since 2014, CIRCAC has awarded 12 deserving students scholarships to further their careers in environmental sciences or maritime and technical studies. The CIRCAC/James Carter Memorial Scholarship is offered for Environmental Sciences, in honor of the late James Carter and » Learn More

CISPRI expands response fleet

Cook Inlet’s response fleet will enjoy an increase in its on-water storage capabilities this year. Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc. (CISPRI) announced that it has finalized purchase of the 80,000 barrel Sasanoa Barge. The vessel will be used primarily as contingency temporary storage when other barges are out of service or out of » Learn More

CIRCAC is hiring

  Administrative Assistant   Part-time position available immediately at Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council in Kenai, Alaska. Primary duties include planning meetings and events, arranging travel, supporting board and staff, phones and light clerical. Proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel and others preferred. Accounting knowledge a plus. Wage DOE. Hours to be determined. Some travel. » Learn More

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