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Public meeting set for proposed oil spill response facility in Cordova

Published June 4, 2014

The public is invited to meet with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District and the Native Village of Eyak to discuss the proposed Shepard Point Oil Spill Response Facility in Cordova.

A presentation and question and answer session is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. June 18 at the Masonic Hall located at 400 First Street in Cordova.

The Native Village of Eyak submitted a permit application to build the facility at Shepard Point consisting of construction of a deep-water draft pile-supported dock, boat launch, and 4.5‐mile road connecting Shepard Point to the existing road system and all‐weather municipal airport in Cordova.

The proposed project starts about a half mile from the end of Orca Cannery Road and ends almost seven miles northeast of Cordova at Shepard Point, where the deep-water port, staging area and boat launch would be located.

The Native Village of Eyak’s stated purpose is to enhance current oil spill response capabilities near Cordova. The facility would be able to receive oil spill equipment from any location through a transportation sequence of either air to ground to response vessel or cargo vessel to response vessel.

The facility also would accommodate existing and foreseeable future oil-spill response and cargo vessels with deeper drafts than the current capabilities of existing facilities in the area, and provide an adequate staging area contiguous to the proposed dock.

To view documents related to this project, permit application number POA-1994-1014, visit 

For more information, please contact Heather Adams at 907-753-2877 or via email at

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Curt Biberdorf

Release no. 14-008