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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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To apply for CTCAC membership
, scroll over "Contact Us" and click on "Membership Application" which will be reviewed based on your oil spill response experience, maritime education, and National Incident Management System (NIMS) training that you've completed.

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    • October 26, 2016
      CTCAC Meeting - Sept. 2016

      LCDR Brent Yezefski, from Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, gives a presentation and is part of the Salvage and Marine Firefighting Workgroup during the September 2016 CTCAC meeting.

    • September 5, 2014
      Trained oil cleanup crews remove oiled sand for disposal

      Trained cleanup crews removed oiled sand for disposal
      during the Texas City Y oil spill response in March 2014

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

    • September 5, 2014
      Volunteers recorded locations of spilled oil and tar balls

      Volunteers recorded locations of spilled oil and tar balls
      on Galveston beaches during the Texas City Y response

      In March 2014, more than 800 registered CTCAC volunteers from the Galveston Bay Foundation and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary walked Galveston Island beaches and shorelines searching for pockets of oil, tar balls, and oiled birds or wildlife, marking the location with red flags, then reporting the location by radio to the Unified Command Post, so trained oil spill responders could remove the oiled sand and debris, or capture and rehabilitate any oiled birds or wildlife.

      Up to 150 volunteers per day were 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)

    • September 5, 2014
      2,090 responders in field and Unified Command Post in Galveston

      During the Texas City "Y" spill, 2000 responders worked
      in the field & at the Unified Command Post in Galveston

      As of March 28, 2014 a total of 2,090 local, state, federal, contractor, and Kirby Inland Marine personnel responded to the Texas City "Y" oil spill, both in the field and at the Unified Command Post in Galveston.

    • September 5, 2014
      The JIC updated the media and public about the Texas City

      The Joint Information Center updated the media & public
      about the Texas City "Y" oil spill response in March 2014

      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 initially located inside the Unified Command Post at the Doyle Convention Center in Texas City.  Moved later to the Galveston Convention Center, the JIC was 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 worked together to write and disseminate News Releases and to conduct joint media briefings to keep both the news media and community residents informed.

    • September 5, 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 26, 2014.

      On March 26, 2014, 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 during the Texas City "Y" oil spill.

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