A vessel sprays water as practice for applying dispersants during an oil spill drill.
The council is beginning a new project which will identify specific locations in Alaska waters that are particularly sensitive to oil spill dispersants. Locations will be based on biological needs, for example: spawning areas, areas where species are concentrated during winter, or migration routes. The council plans to use this information to make recommendations to Alaska Regional Response Team as they update the rules for using dispersants in Alaska’s waters.
For more information on recent changes to these rules, see a previous article from the May edition of our newsletter: New plan for using dispersants in Alaska is in effect
Request for Proposals
The council is inviting proposals to draft a detailed paper covering these locations in the preauthorized zones in the subarea plans for Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, and Kodiak Island. Continue reading