EPA’s Pre-emptive Overreach on Pebble is Premature and Undermines the US Environmental Permitting System
Apr30

EPA’s Pre-emptive Overreach on Pebble is Premature and Undermines the US Environmental Permitting System

Pebble Partnership Calls Agency Scheme Unauthorized, Unprecedented and Unfounded Anchorage, AK – The Pebble Partnership sent a strongly crafted letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 29th, 2014 outlining the company’s key objections to a process initiated by the EPA to exercise a pre-emptive veto against the Pebble Project. The action is based on Section 404(c) of the U.S. Clean Water Act (CWA). Pebble is calling upon the EPA to rescind its letter and revert to the well-established regulatory process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for reviewing the Pebble Project. Pebble Partnership CEO Tom Collier issued the following statement about the company’s letter to the EPA: “What is absolutely clear is that EPA’s intent to undertake pre-emptive action under Section 404(c) to restrict development of the Pebble Project goes well beyond its statutory authority as established by Congress, and would have the effect of undermining the legitimate regulatory authority of the State of Alaska and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As EPA itself has admitted, it is an unprecedented action and it will have far-reaching negative consequences for investment and job creation in this country by turning the federal permitting process on its head. “We have reviewed an internal EPA memo from September 2010 that acknowledges taking proactive action to veto or restrict development at Pebble has ‘never been done before in the history of the CWA’ and will result in ‘immediate political backlash from Alaska’ and anticipates litigation. The memo also indicates EPAs ambition to vastly expand its authority, calling the Pebble precedent a ‘model of proactive watershed planning’ that will allow it to undertake ‘watershed planning’ over vast areas of state, private and tribal lands anywhere in the United States. Click here to read...

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A Message from the General Manager
Apr28

A Message from the General Manager

Elections matter. In 2012, we wrote these very same words to you as we explained why we had chosen to actively participate in the 2012 state elections. In 2012, we created “We Are Alaska” to educate the public on the support industry and to promote candidates who support our issues and who understand that our jobs and our economy are driven by resource development. Déjà vu. In 2014, “We Are Alaska” will be used to educate the public, however, in 2014, our organization has registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission as “We Are Alaska – No on One.” This registration will allow us to educate the public on the impacts of the referendum to repeal oil tax reform. Our voice needs to be heard – we are the 30,000 Alaskan employees that deliver the resources to market. We have a story to tell. From now until the primary election on August 19th, our website – weareak.com – will be the sole source of information for the campaign. We also have a Facebook page. I would encourage you to go to these pages to stay informed. Many thanks for all that you do for Alaska.     Rebecca Logan General Manager Alaska Support Industry...

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Yuit LLC: A better approach to communications
Apr27

Yuit LLC: A better approach to communications

Yuit LLC is an Anchorage-based strategic communications and software development firm that offers its clients a unique approach to conquering communications challenges. By cutting out some of the internal process layers common in a traditional agency, Yuit’s approach is more cost-effective and hits the messaging mark faster. Yuit, which means “belonging to the people” in Yupik, is an Alaska Native-owned firm that got its start a decade ago by developing highly sophisticated oil well management systems for the oil and gas industry. The custom software team has since grown and now works side-by-side with award winning communications experts to offer a full range of advertising and public relations services. Yuit’s team includes a seasoned political and communications strategist, a former television reporter and media relations expert as well as an award winning videographer, graphic designer and business development manager. This team is no run-of-the-mill advertising agency – by combining technology, creativity and strategic communications, this team helps businesses grow. For more information, visit:...

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Oil and Gas Supply: Hose and hydraulic repair for mining, oil & gas and more
Apr27

Oil and Gas Supply: Hose and hydraulic repair for mining, oil & gas and more

Established in January, 1995 JB2inc doing business as Oil and Gas Supply (OGS) is an industrial distribution company specializing in fluid conveyance products. Initially located in Kenai, Alaska, OGS opened an Anchorage warehouse in 2001. Providing quality products with great service to Alaska’s mining, oil and gas, fishing and construction industries has been and continues to be their primary mission. The key employees of OGS each have over thirty years of Alaska-based experience in the industrial market place. OGS is a Premier Distributor of Eaton Aeroquip hydraulic hose, fittings and adapters. Their Kenai facility also is a stocking warehouse for Swagelok stainless steel products. Both locations sell bulk hose, fittings, accessories as well as custom fabrication of hydraulic hose assemblies. OGS is a stocking distributor of a wide variety of industrial hoses used in air, water, chemical, steam, fuel and material handling applications. Representing various hose and fitting manufactures, hose assemblies can be fabricated at both facilities. The assemblies can be hyrdotested, certificates issued, and Infocip RFID tags can be attached for traceability. Supplementing OGS’s hose capabilities, the Kenai facility is a hydraulic repair shop. Sean Harwager, with 30 years marine and industrial hydraulic experience, and his staff repair all brands of hydraulic pumps, motors, valves and cylinders. They also design and install new hydraulic systems, and power packs. Further, OGS with portable hose crimping equipment, hoses can be fabricated off premises. With quality products, great customer service and an extremely knowledgeable and experienced staff Oil and Gas Supply is well positioned to provide solutions to any of your hydraulic and industrial hose and fittings requirements. Hose is their Business! To learn more about Oil and Gas Supply call...

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Mapmakers: Alaska’s resource for oil & gas mapping and GIS projects
Apr27

Mapmakers: Alaska’s resource for oil & gas mapping and GIS projects

Mapmakers Alaska, long-time member of the “Alliance,” provides maps and complete GIS projects of active and historic exploration and development areas exclusive to Alaska for the Alaska oil and gas industry. Lease, well, unit, facilities, land status and lease sale data with tract-specific mitigation stipulations and drilling incentives, set on top of comprehensive base maps, have become the standard for Alaska Oil & Gas. Custom maps, on paper or in digital format, have proven to be convincing exhibits in board rooms and court rooms. Numerous publications for industry, environmental, historic and scientific assessments have been enhanced with Mapmakers Alaska maps and graphics. Mapmakers Alaska GIS data are available by annual subscription; printed maps and digital graphics are available as stand-alone products. For more information about the products offered by Mapmakers Alaska visit...

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