The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council is holding their quarterly meeting in Homer today. State Senator Peter Micciche said they’ve been hearing about developments and safety with oil companies in the Inlet…
Sen. Micciche (R-Soldotna): “As you know, the way that CIRCAC operates is they receive a lot of input from folks concerned about the well being of Cook Inlet, and so many of those resources are important to us, but what’s also important, not only water quality, but economic development, and CIRCAC’s job is to make sure that both groups can meet their objectives.”
Last March, the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Team identified 25 Risk Reduction Options for the area. Micciche said they’ll be discussing some of those later today.
The RROs recommended for immediate implementation include:
• Continue to improve crew training, bridge team management, and communications. Encourage the establishment of best practices for crew training standards for vessels operating in ice conditions
• Continue to improve winter ice rules and guidelines
• Establish a Harbor Safety Committee to promote implementation of RROs and support ongoing improvement of safety by the maritime community
• Improve the Subarea Oil and Hazardous Substance Contingency Plan
• Ask the federal government to promulgate final regulations requiring vessel response plans for non-tank vessels
• Seek continuous improvements in spill response equipment that is appropriate for Cook Inlet conditions.
• Maintain project depth in Cook Inlet, especially at Knik Arm Shoal through dredging
• Improve cell coverage where there is none on marine waters in Cook Inlet