Alaska Forum on the Environment

February 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am – February 14, 2019 @ 5:14 am
Dana'ina Center

CIRCAC is participating in two panel discussions on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

30 Years Later: Policy and Response Changes Since Exxon Valdez (10:30 to 11:45)
The Exxon Valdez oil spill triggered rapid legislative change in Alaska and nationally, leading to the passage of the Oil Spill Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), which mandated numerous changes, including the creation of two Regional Citizens’ Advisory Councils. Initially prompted by OPA 90, spill preparedness continues to evolve, and response procedures have become more robust. With the many lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez response, spill response tactics and methods have also changed since 1989. This session will cover a historical view of oil spills, how Exxon Valdez helped influence state-wide and national changes and how far preparedness and response technology and processes have advanced since then.Presenters:Matthew Hobbie, Mary Goolie, Susan Saupe, Betsi Oliver
Partners in Prevention: Avoiding a Major Oil Spill in Alaska (3:30 to 4:45)
This session brings together regulators, citizen groups and industry to share tactics for preventing another major spill in Alaska. Agencies will discuss regulations designed to prevent spills and how the public can get involved in spill preparedness. Regional Citizens Advisory Councils will share the role citizen oversight plays in prevention and response. The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company will highlight their world-class prevention, response and mitigation strategies. Join us to learn about spill prevention efforts and how you can get involved!