Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Contingency Plan Review

Updated: Jan. 3, 2013

Alyeska Inegrity Investigation

Section Manager:
Rebecca Spiegel
(907) 269-7543

Unit Lead:



The TAPS Unit is part of the TAPS, Financial Responsibility and Prevention Initiatives Section in the Prevention Preparedness and Response Program.  The Unit is responsible for reviewing the TAPS Pipeline and Valdez Marine Terminal oil discharge prevention and contingency plans (plans) for DEC.  Plans are renewed on a 5-year cycle and, if necessary, the plans may be amended to reflect changing operational or response readiness needs.  Unit staff are co-located at the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office (SPCO) which houses multiple state agency staff with oversight responsibility for the TAPS Pipeline, Valdez Marine Terminal, and Common Carrier Pipelines that operate on State land.  The SPCO is part of the Joint Pipeline Office which includes federal agencies as well.  DEC’s plan review staff are part of an inter-agency Oil Spill Team at the Joint Pipeline Office and coordinate plan reviews with other agencies that have review and approval authorities for the plans.  In addition to this the plan review staff  work with the public, conduct inspections and jointly participate in exercises to ensure compliance with plans. 

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Pipeline Plan

Lead Reviewer: Vacant
Plan Status: November 30, 2011 Approval Letter, Approval Certificate and Findings Document
Current Plan Activity: There are no amendments under public review at this time.

Valdez Marine Terminal Plan

Lead Reviewer: Elizabeth Stergiou
(907) 269-6426
Plan Status:

May 9, 2008 Approval Letter, Approval Certificate and Findings Document
May 9, 2013 Plan Approval Extension Letter and Certificate

December 10, 2013 Plan Approval Extension Letter and Certificate

Current Plan Activity:

The VMT plan is currently under public review.