Hypothetical Spill Scenario (Copper River)

Documents, Reports, and Links

Examples of other effective citizen oversight organizations

Radio Programs

Stakeholder Resources

Government Agencies


Hypothetical Spill Scenario (Copper River)

The Copper River Watershed Project (a CO TAPS coalition partner) prepared a GIS illustration of a hypothetical spill scenario on the Tazlina River to make a critical point:  even under perfect weather conditions allowing for timely spill response, oil will by then have passed designated containment sites and entered the main stem of the Copper River, traveling 18 river miles downstream.  Alyeska’s estimated response time for Containment Site 10-21 and 10 – 20 on the Tazlina River is just over six hours. 

Click to download a high resolution version of the above map (18mb PDF)

file icon pdf Click here to download map of Copper River Environmentally Sensitive Areas.pdf


Distances between river pipeline crossings and the Copper River in Region 5 are:

  • Gulkana River:  33 river miles   
  • Tazlina River:  5.1 river miles
  • Klutina River:  1.5 river miles
  • Tonsina River:  18.8 river miles
  • Little Tonsina River:  22.3 river miles

No containment site exists for the Copper River, yet current response times indicate that in several locations oil will likely reach the Copper River before Initial Response Teams arrive at existing containment sites.


Documents, Reports, and Links:


Other examples of effective citizen oversight organizations include:

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Materials:

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council--website that outlines the restoration and research funded by the Council since the 1989 oil spill. Also includes information about the history of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
  • The Whole Truth--website highlighting economic impacts to commercial fisherman as a result of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Also includes information about the history of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

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Radio Programs

Below you will find a collection KCHU radio programs relating to the pipeline, the effects of oil spills in the region, and the role of regional citizen advisory councils.










Stakeholder Resources (from CO TAPS coalition partner the Copper River Watershed Project)

The documents and files listed below are collected from the Copper River Watershed Project's 2009 and 2010 stakeholder workshops and related web sites. Please let us know if you have any questions, desire further information, or have additional information we can post here for sharing with others.

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2010 Stakeholder Workshop

In May, 2010, CRWP convened a gathering of stakeholders and representatives from Alyeska and oversight agencies from the Joint Pipeline Office. The purpose of this workshops was to facilitate the exchange of information among stakeholders along the TAPS corridor, continue a dialogue on citizen concerns, and identify opportunities for engaging citizens in monitoring safe pipeline operations. Below are PDFs of the presentations, as well as the agenda and workshop notes. We hope to make recordings of these presentations available soon.

Workshop Materials


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2009 Stakeholder Workshop

CRWP worked with Cascadia Wildlands to host a kick-off workshop in Valdez, March 10-11, 2009, at the Valdez Civic & Convention Center.

Workshop participants met over the course of two days to develop a list of stakeholder concerns regarding TAPS, strategies for engaging citizens in TAPS oversight, and a list of ACTION steps to be taken to engage citizens in the oversight of TAPS.

The following presentations were also included in the workshop:

  • Gabe Scott, Cascadia Wildlands Project, review of Alyeska Contingency Plan provisions for the Copper River drainage;
  • Dan Gilson, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council, review of successes of PWS RCAC;
  • Richard Fineberg, Fineberg Research, review of maintenance and safety concerns for TAPS;
  • Peter VanTuyn, Legal framework for citizen oversight.

Recordings of these presentations are available by contacting Kate Alexander at the Copper River Watershed Project office. We hope to make recordings available on this website in the future.

Following you will find notes from the workshop, as well as background materials on TAPS and Citizen Oversight. Click on the name of the documents you want to download to your computer and downloading should automatically begin.

Workshop Materials:


Government Agencies:


Joint Pipeline Office (JPO)

The Joint Pipeline Office is a consortium of federal and state agencies with jurisdiction over oil and gas pipeline operations. The JPO oversees the operation and maintenance of TAPS in a risk-based manner through the Comprehensive Monitoring Program (CMP). The CMP verifies compliance with the Grant/Lease and applicable State and Federal Laws and regulations for JPO agencies.


State Pipeline Coordinator's Office

The State Pipeline Coordinator's Office is responsible for the administration and oversight of pipeline right-of-way (ROW) leases issued under Alaska Statute AS 38.35, the "Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act". The SPCO Right of Way Section (for all Alaska oil and gas pipelines) includes the Lease Compliance Oversight Team and the Lease Administration Team.


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA):

Mission: "To ensure the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the Nation's pipeline transportation system." PHMSA verifies compliance with the Federal Pipeline Safety Code, 49 CFR 190-195.


















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