This year marks 65 years since Alaska’s oil and gas industry got its start. The Swanson River Field, on the northern part of the Kenai Peninsula, was discovered in July 1957 — establishing Kenai as the oil capital of Alaska and setting the then-territory on its road to statehood.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met Tuesday night for a five-hour marathon meeting in Soldotna. 

A sales tax ordinance was approved by unanimous consent, which makes the borough one of 23 communities in the state that are organizing to collect sales taxes from online purchases. It has been quite an undertaking, said assembly President Kelly Cooper.

“I just have to take a minute to thank our finance director for the, I don’t know how many months that this commission has been working on this. It’s been extremely complex,” Cooper said.

The assembly postponed action on an ordinance brought by the mayor, to allow for gated communities in the borough.

Prince William Sound RCAC meeting in Kenai

Sep 20, 2019

    The board of directors of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council is meeting in Kenai Thurs. and Fri. Though the City of Kenai doesn’t have a seat on the council, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is represented and so every few years the city of Kenai hosts a meeting.

A discussion about the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's mission to oversee the safe transportation of oil in Cook Inlet. It was created by Congress in 1990, and was recently reauthorized for the 28th time. Host Jay Barrett's guests are Mike Munger, the executive director; John Williams, the board president; and Lynda Giguere, the director of outreach.

CIRCAC sails through yearly recertification

Aug 12, 2019

          The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has had its charter recertified for another year by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The recertification, which runs through the end of August next year, certifies CIRCAC as, quote, "an alternative voluntary advisory group permitted under the Oil Pollution Terminal and Oil Tanker Environmental Oversight and Monitoring Act of 1990.”

CIRCAC said the new recertification marks the organization’s 28th consecutive year of being granted recertification.

Panel to review Cook Inlet infrastructure

Mar 18, 2019
Alaska Department of Natural Resources


A panel of experts has been named to take a look at the pipeline infrastructure of Cook Inlet and make recommendations that will help ensure continued safe operation.

Risk assessment planned for Cook Inlet pipelines

Oct 29, 2018
Alaska Department of Natural Resources


Some of the oldest infrastructure in Cook Inlet has been there since the early 1960’s. With the oil and gas industry showing no signs of slowing down, both the state and the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council want to know more about what condition all those platforms and pipelines are in.