Division of Spill Prevention and Response






As a result of judgements entered in the criminal cases for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, funds were appropriated for use by the State of Alaska to enhance the ability of the State and industry to respond to oil spills. A total of $2,500,000 was made available to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for projects under this program. The funds are used for research programs directed toward the prevention, containment, cleanup and amelioration of oil spills in Alaska. In cooperation with other stakeholders, DEC has developed a list of over thirty research and development projects dealing with such subjects as cleanup technology, non-mechanical response techniques, the fate and effects of spilled oil, oil-spill contingency planning and preparedness, spill response training, incident-management systems and spill prevention. Research has been conducted by Alaska oil-spill response cooperatives, private consultants, universities, and other State and federal agencies.


Goals and Objectives


The following are among the goals and objectives that have guided DEC in the development of specific research and development projects under this program:


  • Projects must support the goal of better protecting the State of Alaska's public health, welfare and environment from the effects of oil spills.
  • Projects must provide the opportunity to develop practical solutions to problems associated with oil exploration, production, transportation and storage in Alaska.
  • Projects must complement and build upon past and present research in the specific area of study or activity.
  • Cooperative projects which take advantage of other funding sources to leverage DEC funds will be encouraged whenever possible.



Project Development and Coordination


DEC has worked with its Alaska stakeholders and other key players to identify and develop projects that will be of the greatest benefit to all Alaskans. Research has been conducted in cooperation with the Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Councils, industry spill-response cooperatives and other state and federal agencies, including Alaska Clean Seas, Environment Canada, the U.S. Minerals Management Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Alaska, and Prince William Sound Community College. Private consultants from throughout the United States and Canada have also been involved in the projects.

Following is a list of projects that have been completed, are in progress or have been proposed for inclusion in DEC's research and development program.

List of R&D Projects


For more information, contact Rick Bernhardt