Murkowski Sides with State ANWR Boundary Dispute
Oct30

Murkowski Sides with State ANWR Boundary Dispute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robert Dillon (202) 224-6977 Chester Carson (202) 224-5305 October 30, 2014   Sen. Murkowski Sides with State of Alaska in ANWR Boundary Dispute WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voiced support for a request from Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell that the federal government convey roughly 20,000 acres on the western boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to the state. In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Murkowski urged Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to quickly respond to the state’s request for priority conveyance under the Alaska Statehood Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). “This issue centers on what waters are considered part of the Canning River, which has long been designated and reaffirmed as the western boundary of the Arctic coastal plain,” Murkowski wrote. “The state believes that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has effectively re-designated the separate Staines River, which empties into the Beaufort Sea several miles west of the Canning River, as a channel of the Canning, thereby shifting nearly 20,000 acres of the coastal plain lying between the streams into the refuge.” Murkowski said the dispute is preventing the state from benefitting from its 2011 lease sale in the area and is far from a theoretical issue given the value of the Point Thomson oil and natural gas field, just a few miles away. Interior agencies have objected to the state lease sale. President Harry Truman established the Canning River as the western border of ANWR in 1952, a demarcation later reinforced by President Dwight Eisenhower in his designation of the coastal plain as an Arctic Range, and again in 1980 under ANILCA. Murkowski said the boundary disagreement should have been resolved earlier this year with a joint state and federal mapping expedition, but the two sides failed to reach agreement. “I believe a field trip earlier this summer between state and federal officials that reinforced the complexities of reconciling maps – some based on Sir John Franklin’s original mapping of the northern coast of Alaska in 1826 – with today’s satellite-based coordinates, supports the state’s claims that the (Interior) Department is currently misidentifying the western bank of the Canning River,” wrote Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The letter points out that Interior could take a major step toward resolving the controversy simply by producing the official map that defines the legal borders of ANWR under section 1002(b) of ANILCA. In 2005, the last time Murkowski requested the original 1980 map, Interior could not produce it. The full text of the letter is available...

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Patrick M. Walsh to lead BBNC subsidiary Peak Oilfield Service Company LLC
Oct29

Patrick M. Walsh to lead BBNC subsidiary Peak Oilfield Service Company LLC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2014 CONTACT: Jason Metrokin, President & CEO (907) 278-3602 or jmetrokin@bbnc.net   Patrick M. Walsh to lead BBNC subsidiary Peak Oilfield Service Company LLC Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Patrick M. Walsh to President, CEO of Peak Oilfield Service Company LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBNC, effective January 1, 2015. Walsh will be responsible for the company’s support services for some of the world’s leading resource development companies in Prudhoe Bay, Cook Inlet, Valdez and North Dakota.   Walsh has been instrumental in streamlining Peak’s cost-effectiveness of the construction, maintenance and transportation services to meet customer needs. He brings with him excellent hands-on experience in many areas of the company from his last 16 years partnering with both personnel and customers.   Walsh will be filling the position to be vacated by Michael R. O’Connor upon his retirement on December 31, 2014. O’Connor has served as President of Peak for the past 27 years and will remain with the Company in a part-time capacity to help support BBNC and Peak management.   Peak Oilfield Service Company is an Alaskan based contractor that provides an assortment of services including ice road construction, rig moving, rig support, overland transportation, and maintenance and operations throughout the oil and gas industry. The company has over 800 employees. ###   Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA), BBNC works to ensure the continuation of the life and culture of its over 9,700 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region....

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Alaska LNG schedules open houses
Oct21

Alaska LNG schedules open houses

Release Date:  October 21, 2014 Alaska LNG has scheduled 12 open houses across Alaska over the next few weeks to explain the project to the public, provide information and answer questions about the multibillion-dollar natural gas development that will span the length of the state. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials will attend the meetings as part of the agency’s effort that will include preparing an environmental impact statement for the project. FERC approval will be required to construct and operate the North Slope gas treatment plant, 800-mile pipeline, gas liquefaction plant and LNG shipping terminal at Nikiski that comprise the Alaska LNG project sponsored by ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada and the state of Alaska. The Alaska LNG sponsors filed with FERC in September to start the agency’s environmental and safety review of the project. The sponsors will run the open house meetings; FERC will attend as an observer. The open house schedule, as of Oct. 21, included: Oct. 28: Nikiski High School; 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29: Tyonek Tribal Center; 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30: Anchorage, Crowne Plaza Hotel; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5: Tri-Valley Community Center, Healy; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6: Mitchell A. Demientieff Tribal Hall, Nenana; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10: Minto Tribal Hall; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12: Fred Ipalook Elementary School, Barrow; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12: Westmark Hotel and Conference Center, Fairbanks; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13: Kisik Community Center, Nuiqsut; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18: Trapper Creek Elementary School; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19: Fire Station 61, 101 W. Swanson Ave., Wasilla; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20: Houston Middle School; 6 to 8 p.m. Several open houses already have been held across the state, with additional open houses expected. The project sponsors have said they plan to submit the first reports of their environmental data to FERC next year, looking toward a draft environmental impact statement in 2017 and the final in 2018, moving the project closer to an investment...

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Joey Fey new heavy haul account manager for Carlile
Oct20

Joey Fey new heavy haul account manager for Carlile

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Pspittler@carlile.biz, 907.276.7797 Effective immediately, Joe Fey has accepted the position as account manager for Carlile’s Heavy Haul Department. As a dedicated heavy haul representative, Fey will be responsible for communicating with existing customers and acquiring new business. Along with his sales duties, Fey will also work in specific project management for heavy haul projects. Feyhas been with Carlile for seventeen years and has worked in a variety of positions. He was part of the Kenai sales team for over five years, the terminal manager in Seward for two years, and worked in Kodiak when Carlile started our operations there. Ultimately, he relocated to Anchorage and began his career in our sales department, where he achieved the regional manager position. Fey has specialized in commercial construction and various petroleum projects while working for the commercial side of the sales team. Fey will be working out of the Anchorage, AK,office and report to the Director of Heavy Haul Operations, Darrin Semeniuk. Carlile Transportation Systems (Carlile) was founded in 1980 by brothers John and Harry McDonald and has grown from two tractors to one of Alaska’s largest trucking companies. Today, with more than 350 tractors, Carlile offers a full range of transportation and logistics services. Carlile is based in Anchorage, AK and employs 700 people. Carlile’s wholly owned terminals serve Alaska from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Prudhoe Bay and Seward, as well as Seattle, WA; Houston, TX; Blaine, MN; and Edmonton, AB. Carlile is part of the Saltchuk family of companies. Saltchuk is a family-owned, diversified transportation and distribution company located in Seattle, Washington. www.carlile.biz...

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Greg Kessler  to be Carlile’s  Alaska Vice President of Sales
Oct20

Greg Kessler to be Carlile’s Alaska Vice President of Sales

On November 1, 2014 Carlile Transportation Systems will include Greg Kessler as the Alaska vice president of sales. Kessler will be reporting directly to Ron Kieswether, president, and his primary responsibility will be managing and planning for the Alaska sales team out of the Anchorage office. Click here to view the complete release from...

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