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)
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August 2014
In This Issue
Cook Inlet RCAC Recertified
PROPS Committee Update
Risk Assessment Advisory Panel to hold final meeting
Board heading to Kodiak
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Industry Appreciation Day
Board member Gary Fandrei operating the booth at Industry Appreciation Day.
Thanks to Board member Gary Fandrei for lending a hand
This year's Industry Appreciation Day in Kenai had vendors pulling out all the stops with everything from the usual fare of kettle corn, salmon and burgers, to cotton candy. The park strip was already crowded when Cook Inlet RCAC set up a booth at 10:30AM. Dozens of locals and quite a few first time visitors to Alaska stopped by to learn more about our work and pick up an item or two to remember us by. 

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 RCAC recertified  

The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council for another year, carrying the organization into its 25th year of promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet. The recertification followed a thorough review and evaluation of the Council's considerable body of work, as well as consideration of public comments. The U.S. Coast Guard solicits public comments on Cook Inlet RCAC recertification every three years.


The council learned of the recertification by letter dated August 27, from D.B. Abel, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District. The recertification is effective through August 31, 2015.


"We are gratified that the Coast Guard has again recognized the importance of our continued presence in Cook Inlet," said Cook Inlet RCAC Executive Director Michael Munger. "We also appreciate the letters that were sent on our behalf from individuals, partners, and stakeholder organizations within the Cook Inlet community in support of our work. We look forward to strengthening existing partnerships, and forming new ones, as we move into our 25th year in the Inlet." Read more

PROPS Committee Update  

The Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety (PROPS) Committee met in Nikiski at the Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc. facility on August 15. At the meeting, Hilcorp Alaska presented their annual voluntary sub-sea pipeline report and the committee elected a chair and vice chair, as well as designated voting directors. The Committee also received an update by staff on the most recent Ice Forecasting Network camera installation, as well as industry updates from Furie Operating Alaska, Hilcorp Alaska, Crowley Marine, and Apache. Following the meeting, the committee toured the CISPRI facility. Read more.

Site of our newest ice camera on the Kenai River.

Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Panel to hold final Advisory Panel meeting 

The Advisory Panel for the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment will hold its final meeting at the Challenger Center in Kenai, on September 4. CIRA LogoThe advisory panel recommended risk reduction options for consideration in 2013.  At this meeting, they will review and discuss those options in light of additional research and analysis that have been undertaken since that time.  


The final report will describe the process used for the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment and the final recommendations. This report will be made available to the public after Management Team and Advisory Panel comments, with a public comment period planned for mid-September. Meeting details, agenda, and available reports can be found at the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment project website

Board of Directors to hold next meeting in Kodiak
The Cook Inlet RCAC Board of Directors will have a full agenda when it meets in Kodiak on September 12, including presentations from Furie Alaska, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and Cook Inlet's newest arrival, Blue Crest Energy. Check back with us for the complete agenda, which will be posted on our website in early September. 

Lynda Giguere
Director of Public Outreach
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
(907) 398-6205
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Coming up
September 4 - Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Panel Meeting, Kenai
September 5 - Environmental Monitoring Committee Meeting, Anchorage
September 12 - Board of Directors Meeting, Best Western Hotel, Kodiak (check back Sept. 4 for agenda)