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Drift River Terminal Coordination

Incident Description

Updated April 22, 2009

  • Mount Redoubt initially erupted on March 22, 2009 at 10:38 PM, followed by several other eruptions, with the most significant occurring on April 4, 2009. The resultant lahars (or volcanic mudflows) caused extensive flooding at the Drift River Oil Terminal (DROT). However, no oil or hazardous substance releases occurred from either of the two operational tanks. No damage to the protective tertiary dike system or the individual tank secondary containment systems occurred during these significant lahar flooding events.
  • On March 31, 2009 an Incident Command Post was activated at the Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage. A Unified Command (UC) consisting of the USCG FOSC, ADEC SOSC, and the CIPL Incident Commander was established and provided unified response objectives. The primary objectives are to ensure the protection of citizens and response personnel and the protection of the environment. To better facilitate meeting these objectives, three workgroups (Facility Restart/Oil Movement, Spill Response, and Lahar/Flood Forecasting) were established and daily Incident Action Plans were generated.
  • On April 6, 2009 the T/V Seabulk Arctic completed the transfer of approximately 60% of the crude oil from the two tanks in service at the DROT facility. Both operational tanks were ballasted with seawater as a precaution to keep the tanks from floating, if a significant flood should occur at the facility.
  • Spill No. 09239908201

Incident Action Plans

Unified Command IAPs (abbreviated)

State/Federal Joint Command IAPs

Press Releases, Fact Sheets and Other Public Information Releases

Press Releases

Media Advisories 

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Response Plans

Weather and Tides

Resources at Risk

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March 23, 2009 Photos of Drift River Oil Terminal taken during overflight 3/23/2009

March 26, 2009 Photos of Drift River OIl Terminal taken during overflight 3/26/2009 (courtesy of AVO/USGS)

March 28, 2009 Photos of Drift River Oil Terminal taken during overflight 3/28/2009

April 4, 2009 Photos of Drift River Oil Terminal

April 27, 2009 Photos of the tanker Mississippi Voyager