Regional Citizens Advisory Council

Representing citizens in promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet since 1990.
Board of Directors Update
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council Annual and Board of Directors meeting was held virtually on April 9th, 2021. Remote meetings continue as a precaution to protect the health and safety of CIRCAC staff and directors.

Representatives from Hilcorp provided an update on the natural gas pipeline leak that was identified on April 1st. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) was notified that same day. The product being released was processed dry natural gas, containing more than 98 percent methane. The leak occurred between Hilcorp-owned Platform A and the Nikiski shore facility. The pipeline provides fuel gas to Platform A and Platform C. The pipeline has since been shut in and an investigation into the cause of the leak is ongoing. This same pipeline experienced a leak in 2017. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a corrective order that the pipeline be replaced within one year. CIRCAC will continue to monitor the progress of both the investigation into the leak and the planning process for the pipeline’s replacement.

Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee meets
The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee (CIHSC) met virtually on March 10th. The committee connects environmental, marine and business interests in the region and, with a focus on maritime safety, shares some common goals with CIRCAC.

“It’s been great to see this group come together,” said Michael Munger, CIRCAC Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer for the CIHSC Managing Board. “This committee serves as a forum for maritime operators to collaborate and ensure the highest standards of safety in navigation and we’re proud to be a part of that effort.”
USCG Commandant gives annual address

The commandant of the Coast Guard delivered his third State of the Coast Guard Address Thursday at Coast Guard Sector San Diego.

During the address, Adm. Karl Schulz made multiple policy and acquisition announcements including:
  • Initiatives to support the Coast Guard workforce
  • Updates on the status of the Coast Guard’s aviation and cutter fleets and critical acquisitions including the offshore patrol cutter and polar security cutter
  • An update to the Coast Guard’s future Arctic operations
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