Citizen Oversight – Selected Resources

This is a collection of links to materials that we believe could be useful to reporters, citizens, agencies, organizations, companies, and communities dealing with crude oil spills and other technological disasters.

Much of the information linked here resides on the citizen’s council’s main website.  However, some of it is posted on other websites and has not been verified by PWSRCAC.

Visit the Questions and Feedback page to leave a comment or ask a question on any topic on this website.


Citizen Oversight

Find out how our council was formed, how it works, and what the rationale for such councils, and take a look at the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the federal legislation that created the citizens’ council.

Community Impacts and Planning

Based on several years of socioeconomic research, our council developed resources to explain what a technological disaster is, how it differs from a natural disaster, and what to expect during a technological disaster and in the years afterward. It provides lessons learned and information on where to get help. These resources include links to our community guidebook and peer listener training video.

Oil Spill Prevention and Response

See this page for links to information on best practices for oil spill response, near-shore spill response tactics, contingency plans, best available technology and spill equipment.

Incident Command Systems/Unified Command

What is an “Incident Command System” or a “Unified Command”?   This is a standardized structure used to manage all types of emergencies and incidents.  Find an explanation of these terms and what information should be publicly available for major incidents:

Environmental Monitoring

See this page for information about post-Exxon Valdez environmental monitoring of Prince William Sound’s waters.


Our council has studied dispersants in great detail, including commissioning extensive research.