Created by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, our Mission is to represent Cook Inlet citizens in promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet.
Oil prices should not dictate Alaska's spill response efforts
by Michael Munger
It isn't often that I invoke the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The devastating spill into Prince William Sound happened a relatively long time ago. Alaska has made a lot of progress to improve oil navigation and production in Cook Inlet since then. And I tend to look ahead to what needs to be done now and into the future. But I haven't forgotten the lessons of 1989.
I believe we are being lulled back into the same complacency which contributed to the Exxon Valdez, by allowing low oil prices to influence our spill response efforts. Because we all have a stake in keeping our waters safe and citizen participation is more important than ever, I've submitted an opinion piece to draw attention to red flags I'm seeing in Cook Inlet. If you haven't had the chance to read it in one of the local and online papers, I invite you to do so here.
Our next Board of Directors meeting will be in Seldovia on Friday, September 9. Among the invited guests are Commissioner Cathy Foerster and Commissioner Hollis French, of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, who will provide updates on fracking; and Kristin Ryan, Director of the Division of Spill Prevention and Response for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, who will brief the board on the department's progress to address recent spills at the Drift River Oil Terminal.
The full agenda and Board Packet will be posted on our website prior to the meeting.