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Prince William Sound RCAC board to meet in Anchorage

January 19-20, 2017


The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council will hold a board meeting in Anchorage on Thursday and Friday, January 19-20, 2017. The meeting will located in the Imagine Ballroom of the Embassy Suites, at 600 E. Benson Blvd.


The tentative schedule for the Thursday session is to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. On Friday, the meeting is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 pm. The meeting is open to the public, except for executive sessions. Public comments are scheduled to be taken Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m.


The council will be conducting regular business during the meeting. Other topics included on the agenda are: 

•                    Presentations by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and PWSRCAC regarding the change in Alyeska’s marine services contract provider from Crowley Maritime to Edison Chouest Offshore set to take place July 1, 2018.  These services include key oil spill prevention and response assets such as escort tugs, oil recovery barges and associated personnel for service in Prince William Sound.   

•                    A presentation by council contractor Robert Allan LTD outlining some concerns and recommendations on the new escort and support tugs being built by Edison Chouest Offshore for the marine services transition. Robert Allan LTD is a firm of internationally-recognized naval architects and marine engineers known for their innovative designs for vessels of almost all types, from high-performance tugs to ferries to sophisticated research vessels.

•                    A presentation by the co-chair of the Alaska Regional Response Team on contingency planning and dispersants. The Alaska Regional Response Team is in charge of planning responses to oil spills in Alaska waters. 

•                    A presentation by council staff on the Alaska Regional Response Team’s public outreach efforts to identify dispersant use avoidance areas. This process is part of the January 2016 update to Alaska’s Dispersant Use Plan for Alaska, and is designed to help identify areas 24 to 200 miles from Alaska’s coastline where the use of dispersants should require additional consideration prior to being used. 

•                    A presentation from council staff regarding cracking that was found and repaired in the lining of one of the secondary containment systems at the Valdez Marine Terminal. In the event of a spill from a crude oil storage tank, secondary containment systems are designed to prevent oil from polluting surface or groundwater resources.


The meeting agenda provided is subject to change before or during the meeting. Council board meetings are routinely recorded, and may be disseminated to the public by the council or by the news media. For more information, visit www.pwsrcac.org.


The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council, with offices in Anchorage and Valdez, is an independent non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote environmentally safe operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and the oil tankers that use it. The council's work is guided by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and its contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. The council's 18 member organizations are communities in the region affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, as well as aquaculture, commercial fishing, environmental, Native, recreation, and tourism groups.



Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
Board of Directors Meeting January 19-20, 2017
Embassy Suites
Anchorage, Alaska


Final Agenda


Thursday, January 19, 2017

8:30        Call to Order & Roll Call

  • Welcome – President Amanda Bauer
  • Introductions/Director reports on PWSRCAC related activities since the last meeting

8:45        1-0   Approve Agenda

8:50        4-1   Director Appointment for Chugach Alaska Corporation

8:55        1-1          Approve Minutes of September 15-16, 2016

9:00        Public Comment Period, limit five minutes per person (please sign in)

9:15        Internal Opening Comments (Please limit to general information not contained in Agenda)

  • Technical Committee Reports (POVTS, OSPR, SAC, TOEM & IEC)
  • PWSRCAC Board Sub Committee Update (Legislative, Finance, LRP & Governance)

10:00     Alyeska / SERVS Activity Report

10:45     BREAK

11:00     External Opening Comments  (Please limit to general information not contained in Agenda)

  • PWSRCAC Ex-Officio Members
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Shippers & Owner Companies

12:00     LUNCH

1:00        Consent Agenda

         3-1 Approval of Sole Source Contract for Arctic IT Total Care Agreement

         3-2 Approval of Updates to PWSRCAC Policies

         3-3 Approval of Community Impacts Planning - Peer Listener Training Report

         3-4 Approval of Funding Increase for Port Valdez Circulation Study

         3-5 Approval of Long Term Environmental Monitoring Contract Change Order

         3-6 Approval of Annual Contract Compliance Verification Report

         3-7 Approval of Preplanned Places of Refuge Report

         3-8 Approval of Recovery Optimization Analysis Contract Change Order


1:05        Alaska Regional Response Team Update – Mark Everett, ARRT Co-Chair

1:35        Alyeska / SERVS Marine Services Transition Update

2:05        Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Marine Services Transition Update

2:35        4-2   PWSRCAC Marine Services Transition Update – Roy Robertson & Alan Sorum

3:00        BREAK

3:15        Discussion of Marine Services Transition Elements with Contractor Robert Allan

4:20        Executive Session to Discuss Executive Director Annual Evaluation


Friday, January 20, 2017

8:30        Call to Order & Roll Call

8:35        Report on Executive Session

8:45        President’s Report to the Board

8:55        2-1   Executive Director’s Report to the Board

9:05        2-2   Financial Manager’s Report to the Board

9:15        4-3   Incident Report Update for 2016 – Nelli Vanderburg

9:35        4-10 ARRT Identification of Dispersant Use Avoidance Areas – Linda Swiss

10:00     4-5   Approval of Hydrocarbon Toxicity Contract / Memorandum of Agreement – Joe Banta

10:15     BREAK

10:30     4-6   Branding 101 Presentation by Element Agency – Brooke Taylor

11:15     4-7   Approval of Organizational Assessment Report – Alan Sorum

11:45     4-8   Update on Secondary Containment Liner Cracking – Austin Love

12:00     LUNCH

1:00        4-9   Youth Involvement Presentation – Lisa Matlock

1:20        4-4   PWS Tanker Contingency Plan Renewal Update – Linda Swiss

1:30        4-11 Long Range Plan Approval – Donna Schantz

1:45        Consideration of Consent Agenda

2:00        Closing Comments

2:15        ADJOURN

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