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The Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC) serves as the spill preparedness planning body responsible for developing the Area Contingency Plan (ACP) required under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.  The ACP provides strategies for a coordinated multi-agency response to an oil spill, chemical release, or marine fire occurring in navigable waters within or along the Central Texas coasts of Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, or Harris counties.
 
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, scroll over "Contact Us" and click on "Membership Application" which will be reviewed based on your oil spill response experience, related education, and National Incident Management System (NIMS) training that you've completed.


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    • March 29, 2014
      Unified Command Post at Doyle Convention Center in Texas City

      1,264 responders in the field and in the Unified Command Post in Texas City on March 26th.

      On March 26th, a total of 324 personnel were on-duty in the Unified Command Post located at the Doyle Convention Center in Texas City.  Another 940 personnel were mobilized in the field and used 70 vessels to deploy more than 69,268 feet of oil containment boom and recover more than 175,098 gallons of oil and water.

    • March 29, 2014
      Tracking the oil spill response from the Unified Command Post in Texas City

      Tracking the oil spill response from the Unified Command Post in Texas City.

      On March  26th, the Unified Command Post was located at the Doyle Convention Center in Texas City.  The Planning Section's Situation Unit and Environmental Unit were tracking the Texas City "Y" oil spill's trajectory as oil moved out of Galveston Bay into the Gulf of Mexico and southwesterly down the Texas coast toward Matagorda County. 

    • March 29, 2014
      The JIC updates the media and public about the Texas City

      The Joint Information Center updates the media & public
      about the Texas City "Y" oil spill response.

      U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Kim Smith (wearing Public Information Officer vest) is briefed by Public Affairs Specialist Andy Kendrick (wearing Assistant PIO vest) in the Joint Information Center (JIC) when it was located inside the Unified Command Post at the Doyle Convention Center in Texas City.  Now located at the Galveston Convention Center, the JIC continues to be staffed by public information professionals from Galveston County, Harris County, Kirby Inland Marine, Texas Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, and other Response Partners.  They work together to write and disseminate News Releases and to conduct joint media briefings to keep both the news media and community residents informed.

    • March 29, 2014
      Admiral Kevin Cook is briefed on the Texas City

      USCG Admiral Kevin Cook is briefed by Command staff about the Texas City "Y" oil spill.

      U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Kevin Cook (far left) asks questions about the Unified Command response to the Texas City "Y" oil spill.  Briefing the Admiral are (left to right): Coast Guard Captain Of The Port Brian Penoyer (Federal On-Scene Coordinator); Texas General Land Office's Regional Director Richard Arnhart (State On-Scene Coordinator); and Chief Warrant Officer Kim Smith (Public Information Officer).

    • March 29, 2014
      2,090 responders in field and Unified Command Post in Galveston

      More than two thousand responders are now working in
      the field and at the Unified Command Post in Galveston.

      As of March 28th, a total of 2,090 local, state, federal, contractor, and Kirby Inland Marine personnel are responding to the Texas City "Y" oil spill, both in the field and at the Unified Command Post in Galveston.

    • March 29, 2014
      Planning Section's Situation Unit updates oil spill response data

      The Planning Section's Situation Unit updates the latest
      oil spill response data.

      The Planning Section's Situation Unit uses the ICS-209 (Situation Status Report or SitRep) to track the latest data, everything from the number of oiled birds to the number of oil spill responders.  Data is provided to Unified Command at 6am, 12pm, 6pm, and 12am and incorporated into the Incident Action Plan (IAP) that the Operations Section implements for each Operational Period.

    • March 29, 2014
      Environmental Unit responds to environmental and wildlife impacts

      The Environmental Unit responds to environmental and wildlife impacts.

      The Planning Section's Environmental Unit is staffed by environmental and wildlife specialists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Service, and city/county public health and environmental services departments. 

    • March 29, 2014
      Galveston Bay Foundation and USCG Auxiliary personnel schedule Volunteers

      Galveston Bay Foundation and U.S. Coast Guard
      Auxiliary personnel schedule and assign Volunteers.

      CTCAC Volunteer Workgroup personnel from the Galveston Bay Foundation and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are busy contacting 949 registered Volunteers, and scheduling them for voluntary assignments on seven "Sentinel" shoreline assessment teams.  Up to 150 volunteers per day will work three 4-hour shifts to search for oiled beaches, birds and wildlife on a 26-mile stretch of Galveston Island from Stewart Beach to San Luis Pass.

    • March 29, 2014
      Volunteers record locations of detected oil and tar balls

      Volunteers record locations of detected oil and tar balls

      CTCAC volunteers from the Galveston Bay Foundation and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary walk Galveston Island beaches and shorelines searching for pockets of oil, tar balls, and oiled birds or wildlife, mark the location with red flags, then report the location by radio to the Unified Command Post, so trained oil spill responders can remove the oiled sand and debris, or capture and rehabilitate any oiled birds or wildlife.

      Up to 150 volunteers per day are being assigned to search for oiled beaches, oiled birds and wildlife under the "Sentinel" program developed by CTCAC's Volunteer Work Group.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ivan J. Barnes)

    • March 29, 2014
      Trained oil cleanup crews remove oiled sand for disposal

      Trained oil cleanup crews remove oiled sand for disposal

      Cleanup crews carry bags filled with oiled sand and debris to an offload site at Big Reef in Galveston, Texas, on March 26, 2014. These crews are diligently working to stay ahead of incoming inclement weather that could potentially stall response efforts. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Stephen Lehmann)

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