Jan. 2019. Comments by ALERT and others on EIS scoping for proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea Lease Sale focused on federal government’s fiduciary duty to protect the ocean and other public trust resources under Public Trust Doctrine. “We find the duties of government trustees under the PTD must be considered in the EIS [scoping process]…”
July 2015. Synthesis of 6-hour ALERT training in Vancouver, BC, on worker and public health impacts of oil spills, overview of Canadian spill response regime, and opportunities for citizen engagement to strengthen local response plans. Report includes lessons learned and commitments. As a result of this training, informed citizens have requested municipal action on emergency planning for oil spills – see Policy, UBCM resolution.
June 2015. Summary of 1-hour ALERT training on worker and public health impacts of oil spills, overview of U.S. spill response regime, and opportunities for citizen engagement to strengthen local response plans through Citizen Advisory Councils and/or Local Emergency Planning Committees.
July 2014. In Petoskey, Michigan, people concerned about fracking and tar sands activities––and government-industry assurances about spill response readiness––asked Dr. RIki Ott to “interpret” government and industry comments made at a public meeting. This read between the lines should help people in other areas be prepared for similar platitudes.