Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council

Celebrating 25 years in the Inlet
8195 Kenai Spur Hwy., Kenai, AK 99611
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March 2015
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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.
Mark your calendars 
A celebration is in the works for our 25th Anniversary and you're invited. Please mark your calendars now to join us on May 28, as we celebrate 25 years working for you in the Inlet, and the opening of our Coastal Impressions Exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. We're looking forward to an evening of good company, good food and good music surrounded by beautiful  ShoreZone images of Cook Inlet's magnificent coastline.

Watch for posters, announcements and invitations with the details in the weeks ahead.  

CIRCAC launches scholarship program 
To support and encourage the next generation of stewards committed to protecting Cook Inlet's waters and shorelines, and In honor of our 25th Anniversary, CIRCAC is launching a yearly scholarship program to qualifying students in environmental and maritime studies greyscale-graduates.jpg .

Scholarships are named in honor of James Carter and Capt. Barry Eldridge, both of whom dedicated years to CIRCAC as Executive Director and volunteer PROPS Committee Member, respectively. 

You or someone you know may qualify. For more information and to download an application form, click here.

PROPS receives voluntary pipeline activities report
PROPS Committee member Jan Hansen inspects sample pipe.

As part of an ongoing arrangement with CIRCAC, Cook Inlet Energy (CIE) submitted their voluntary pipeline activities report to the Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety (PROPS) Committee at a March 20th meeting in Kenai.

CIE Environmental Manager Karen Brown and Production Engineer Christi Parkinson fielded questions from the committee as they explained the activities, inspections, tests, and upgrades under way with their Alaska assets. These include the Osprey Platform, Kustatan Production Facility (KPF), West Foreland Gas Field, West McArthur River Production Facility (WMRU), 30 percent interest in 3 Mile Creek Field (operated by Aurora), and the North Fork Unit (NFU) and Pipeline acquired in 2014.  


Brown and Parkinson distributed a sample of composite pipe that CIE is using to replace 6.3 of the 7.4  miles of steel. The material is a glass fiber epoxy and piggable for cleaning and will be used cross country, with steel pipe near roads and inhabited areas. This will be the first time this glass epoxy is used in Alaska. CIE also informed the Committee that the Osprey pipeline was smart pigged in 2014.

CIE's most recent pipeline activities included an offshore pipeline sonar survey in 2013, Osprey pipeline scour survey and subsea inspection in 2014, NFU pipeline test dig and hydro-test in 2014, NFU right-of-way and gas leak detection survey, inline inspection of offshore pipelines, cathodic protection survey, process hazards analysis revalidation for KPF and WMRU, and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) audit for offshore pipelines. Smart pigging all three offshore pipelines  in 2014 turned up a couple of features requiring further investigation. CIE is updating their manuals to reflect the ADEC audit's recommendations.

The PROPS committee also reappointed two public members whose terms were set to expire: Jan Hansen and Robert Reges.

Lynda Giguere
Director of Public Outreach
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
(907) 398-6205
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Coming up
April 2-4  - ComFish Expo, Kodiak (Visit us at Booth #4)
April 6 - Environmental Monitoring Committee Meeting (AOOS, 1007 W. 3rd Ave., Anchorage)
April 17 - CIRCAC Board of Directors and Annual Meeting, Kenai

May 28 - 25th Anniversary Reception/Grand Opening for Coastal Impressions Exhibit, Kenai