Division of Spill Prevention and Response


On April 7, the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council hosted an evening public meeting with the Unified Command on the Drift River Terminal situation. Approximately 80 people attended. Callers from Homer and other locations, including Seldovia and Kodiak, also participated in the meeting, which began with introductory remarks from the CIRCAC Executive Director, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey, and each of the Unified Command representatives (the State and Federal On-scene Coordinators and the incident commander from the Drift River Terminal). Alaska Volcano Observatory staff followed with a presentation on Mt. Redoubt and its lahar activities before the meeting opened up for questions, comments and discussion. Questions ranged across several areas of concern, including those on the volcano and the threat it poses, how citizens can provide input on a facility’s oil spill contingency plans, the issue of why not all the oil was removed from the tanks and others on the future of the terminal at its present location.