Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council

8195 Kenai Spur Hwy., Kenai, AK 99611
(907) 283-7222; 800-652-7222 (toll free); 907-283-6102 (fax)

Cook Inlet Navigator
March 2013
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Cook Inlet ice conditions have improved. Read the U.S. Coast Guard's navigational safety advisory and familiarize yourself with operating procedures for Cook Inlet ice conditions.

Cook Inlet Ice Forecasting Network Expands
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Our Mission is to represent the citizens of Cook Inlet in promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet.
Cook Inlet Navigation Risk Assessment Project Update  
The Advisory Panel met on February 22 to review submitted risk CIRA Logo reduction options (RRO) and identified several options that warrant further consideration or analysis.  The Panel also selected a few RROs for immediate or ongoing implementation. The meeting summary provides a list and brief explanation of Advisory Panel decisions for each RRO.  Three key reports have been completed and available for download from the documents page on the website:
The Facilitation Team has also finalized the monthly progress report for February. (Update courtesy of CIRA Newsletter) 
Grace Merkes: Homesteader, Homemaker, Tireless Volunteer
Grace Merkes has been involved with Cook Inlet RCAC since 1998 and currently
Board Vice President
Grace Merkes
sits on the Executive, Audit, and Prevention, Response, Operations & Safety (PROPS) Committees. Grace was president of the Board in 2010, served on the Environmental Monitoring Committee for two years (2003-2004), and chaired the PROPS Committee in 2006. Read  more.  





Jack-up rig gets ABS certification
The jack-up drilling rig Endeavour - Spirit of Independence has received its ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) Certification and can now move to the Cosmopolitan site. Before it can commence drilling operations in Cook Inlet, the Buccaneer Energy Ltd. rig still needs US Coast Guard and Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission approval, and to satisfy the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's  request for additional information for the Cook Inlet Exploration Program oil discharge and prevention contingency plan amendment to include the Cosmopolitan site.

Lynda Giguere
Director of Public Outreach
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Counci
(907) 398-6205
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Coming up
March 20 - PROPS Meeting, Nikiski Communications Center
April 11-13 ComFish, Kodiak
May 3 Cook Inlet RCAC Board Meeting, Kenai