Story last updated at 5/23/2012 - 11:52 am
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is proud to recognize Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization as a winner of one of the 2012 Legacy Awards for Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response. DEC is a member of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, which gives out awards to industry, non-profit, or public agency groups and individuals, or for team effort. Awards are given for projects, accomplishments, or leadership that demonstrates innovation, management commitment, and improvements in oil spill prevention, preparedness or response.
DEC selected SEAPRO for a Legacy Award for its 22 years of service, highlighted recently by its work in the efforts to lighter more than 110,000 gallons of bunker oil from the sunken SS Princess Kathleen. In addition, SEAPRO has made several recent upgrades to spill response vessels and added wildlife treatment capability as well. The organization also provides training in hazardous material response and maintains a mutual aid agreement with spill response partners in Canada.
The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force is composed of oil spill prevention and response agencies in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. It provides a regional forum for coordination and collaboration on oil spill prevention and response policies that protect over 56,660 miles of coastline from the Beaufort Sea to the Baja Peninsula as well as the islands of Hawaii.
For more information on the task force and on the Legacy Awards see: www.oilspilltaskforce.org.
For more information on the Division of Spill Prevention and Response, visit DEC's website: http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/index.htm.