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<br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />Sponsored by: Janke <br /> <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />RESOLUTION 2001-046 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br />ALASKA, REQUESTING THAT ALYESKA/SERVS AND PRINCE <br />WILLIAM SOUND OIL SHIPPERS PLACE AN APPROPRIATE CACHE OF <br />SPILL RESPONSE EQUIPMENT, TOGETHER WITH APPROPRIATE <br />TRAINING, IN SEWARD FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR LOCAL AREA <br /> <br />WHEREAS, it is now 12 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park were among the many <br />communities severely impacted by that disaster; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the history of the spill shows us that the movement of any future spills will most <br />likely carry oil toward the downstream communities ofChenega, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, <br />Seldovia, Homer, Cook Inlet and Kodiak; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Kenai Fjords tourism industry, the commercial fishing industry, the charter <br />fishing industry, the cruise ship industry, the coal exporting industry, the Alaska SeaLife Center, the <br />Institute of Marine Science, the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery, the A VTEC maritime training <br />department, and the Seward shipyard would all be devastated or closed by a future major oil spill in <br />our waters; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, a majority of the 3,000 inhabitants in this community depend upon these various <br />industries for their livelihoods; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, no meaningful amount of oil spill response equipment, or persons trained in the <br />use of that equipment, has ever been stationed in Seward or in any other downstream community; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, Seward has a group offishing vessel volunteers who are ready to respond to <br />an oil spill, these same volunteers have no response equipment on hand with which to drill or respond <br />to a spill; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, an oil spill is most likely to happen in stormy winter weather when the rapid <br />deployment of response equipment to downstream communities from Valdez may be impossible for <br />some days; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, it would be easier in an oil spill emergency to transport personnel from Valdez <br />to Seward by air rather than to transport heavy equipment by road or sea. Then a store of equipment <br />already in Seward would be an advantage. <br />