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CIRCAC Celebrates Harvest Alaska's Completion of Cross Inlet Subsea Pipeline
CIRCAC was happy to cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of one of our highest priorities, a Cross Inlet Subsea Pipeline to reduce tanker traffic from Cook Inlet's west side to east side facilities. This project fulfills our 2012 recommendation to our industry partners and will vastly improve navigation safety in Cook Inlet.

CIRCAC took a strong position on the future of the Drift River Oil Terminal recommending, among other things, building a Cross Inlet subsea crude oil pipeline within five years. The Alaska Journal of Commerce's coverage includes an interview with CIRCAC Executive Director Munger about the significance of this event. Read more .

Photos from top left to right: Chantal Walsh, Director of the Division of Oil and Gas; Sean Kolassa, President, Harvest Pipeline; Mike Munger, Senator Peter Micciche, Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel, Rich Novcaski, Vice President, Harvest Alaska; and Tyonek Native Corporation CEO Leo Barlow (photo by Steve "Vinnie" Catalano). Middle from left: CIRCAC Director of Operations Steve "Vinnie" Catalano,, Robin Catalano, Sharon and John Williams, CIRCAC President of the Board; CIRCAC Director Paul Shadura (Mike Munger, standing); bottom from left John Williams, Sean Kolassa and Steve "Vinnie" Catalano (photos by Jerry Rombach).
Jim McHale, brings his world-view to CIRCAC's PROPS Committee
Jim's understanding of industry and oil spill prevention and response operations and procedures helps guide committee conversations.

PROPS Committee members (from left) Carla Stanley, Steve "Vinnie" Catalano (staff director) and Jim McHale share a moment during a recent conference.
CIRCAC and ADEC seek experts to inform pipeline infrastructure risk assessment
In case you missed the announcement, CIRCAC and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) are seeking experts to provide recommendations on pipeline integrity and safety in Cook Inlet. Cook Inlet is the birthplace of oil and gas in Alaska. More than 200 miles of pipelines move oil, gas, and related products between offshore platforms and onshore facilities. Some of this infrastructure is roughly 60 years old. As the pipelines age, it is vitally important that we ensure their integrity — to safeguard both the continued operation of these facilities and the surrounding environment. 

The expert panel will review past failures, with an eye to creating future solutions—providing recommendations that may include operational best practices, investigation, regulatory changes, information gathering, and infrastructure changes.
To be considered, experts should have knowledge in crude oil production operations, pipeline inspection, leak prevention and detection, pipeline design, loss-of-integrity root cause investigations, common cause analysis, analysis of leak data, and general engineering practices. The panel will meet in Anchorage three times in 2019. It is a voluntary position, but expenses and an honorarium will be provided.

Platform Anna (above) surrounded by Cook Inlet ice.