FACTS ABOUT THE PROJECT
Dock facilities – Cordova’s city docks are presently used for multiples purposes. A single purpose facility eliminates issues with proximity to equipment, and traffic from others users
With the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NVE can move forward with this important project, and protect the region our ancestors have inhabited for thousands of years
Shepard Point allows for large deep draft vessels to load supplies
A recent study shows that responding from the Shepard Point location can save 19 more miles of coastline than other places in the Inlet
The location allows instant response to oil spills – there is no need to wait for tides to be able to deploy
Allows road access to an all weather major airport
Provides large spill response vessels to dock during drills
Empowers the Tribe to exercise self-determination to protect traditional lands and lifestyle
Approximately 20 identified sensitive areas in eastern PWS are closer to Shepard Point than the oil spill response equipment now housed at Alyeska’s Valdez and Cordova spill response center
Access to a deep water port, and all weather road and airport provide a significant value to emergency response in PWS that will allow spill response activities to be undertaken in an organized fashion.
The Shepard Point Facility will have facilities for large and small boats and helicopters
The Shepard Point Facility will receive power and communication services from Cordova, but will be self-sufficient, if required, with stand-by power and communications capabilities
Geographic location and all-weather airport at Cordova connected by road to the deep-water port at Shepard Point create an ideal Emergency Response Facility (ERF) location.
This facility will enhance the existing Emergency Response Center (ERC) in Valdez and enhance oil spill response efforts in outer Prince William Sound.
Shore-side support facilities may include:
Heated warehouse space
Covered storage for booms, absorbent pads, and other response equipment
Small repair shop, a wash-down slab with associated oil/water separation equipment, stand-by generator facility.
Communication facility, potable water and waste water treatment facilities.
Oily waste storage tanks, gasoline and diesel fuel tanks with both on-shore and off-shore dispensing facilities