Alaska Joins Multi-State Challenge to Stream Protection Rule
Jan17

Alaska Joins Multi-State Challenge to Stream Protection Rule

Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker put out a press release declaring that the State of Alaska had joined Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming in filing a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia today challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule based on both the process by which it was developed as well as the content of the rule. To read the full press release click here!...

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ConocoPhillips Announces Willow Discovery in National Petroleum Reserve
Jan17

ConocoPhillips Announces Willow Discovery in National Petroleum Reserve

On Friday January 13th, ConocoPhillips announced their 300 million barrel Willow discovery at the Alliance’s 34th Meet Alaska conference and tradeshow. Click here to read the full press...

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Meet Alaska 2017 Prize Winners
Jan17

Meet Alaska 2017 Prize Winners

Below are the winners of the various prizes from Meet Alaska 2017 Drema Fitzhugh, Hawk Consultants, LLC: $1000 cash prize courtesy of The Alliance Sherill Lumba, The Bergaila Companies: $1000 cash prize courtesy of The Alliance Michael W. Williams, HUB International Northwest, LLC: $1000 cash prize courtesy of The Alliance Cari-Ann Carty, Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium: 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines Mark Hayes, Clean Harbors Environmental Services: 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines Clint Winzenburg, Alaska Industrial Hardware: 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines Matt Jolly, Alaska Marine Lines: iPad courtesy of GCI Industrial Telecom Jada Nowling, Alaska Journal of Commerce: iPad courtesy of GCI Industrial...

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DOS RIOS PARTNERS ACQUIRES PATHFINDER AVIATION
Jan06

DOS RIOS PARTNERS ACQUIRES PATHFINDER AVIATION

Yesterday, Alliance member company – Pathfinder Aviation of Homer, Alaska – made a joint announcement with Dos Rios Partners that they had been acquired by Dos Rios.  To read the full press release click here! ...

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Alliance, ASRC and AOGA Reactions to Obama’s Decision Regarding Arctic Oil & Gas Leasing
Dec21

Alliance, ASRC and AOGA Reactions to Obama’s Decision Regarding Arctic Oil & Gas Leasing

For Immediate Release Contact: Rebecca Logan, (907) 563-2226 Move to Permanently Ban Oil & Gas Leasing in the Arctic is a Major Blow to Alaska’s Economic Future December 20, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska – Today, in an unprecedented move President Obama permanently removed the overwhelming majority of U.S. Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska from oil and gas leasing. Using an obscure section of the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Land Act Pres. Obama unilaterally withdrew the entire Chukchi Sea and nearly the entire Beaufort Sea, for a total of 125 million acres, from future oil and gas development. This negative announcement follows a string of anti-development, anti-job creation and anti-Alaska decisions from Pres. Obama during his waning days in office. “First he removed the Beaufort and Chukchi seas from the five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease plan. Then he locked up another 40,000 square miles in the Bering Strait area to future oil and gas leases. Finally, in his most egregious lame-duck move the President has decided to completely shut down one of Alaska’s largest potential economic drivers for future generations,” said Rebecca Logan, General Manager of the Alliance. “We are gravely disappointed by President Obama’s decision to snub the will of the majority of Alaskans who support Arctic offshore development of our oil and gas resources. Our members and their tens of thousands of Alaskan employees are reeling in the face of low oil prices. Alaska’s Arctic, specifically the OCS, is estimated to hold some 34 billion barrels of oil and roughly 60 billion barrels of oil equivalent in natural gas. These resources represent Alaska’s largest untapped reserves, the development of which could create up to 55,000 jobs annually throughout the country. Politically motivated moves like this serve only to secure presidential “legacies” and appease outside special interest groups,” Logan said. The Alliance strongly urges Congress to work with President-elect Trump to undo this disastrous decree beginning January 21, 2017. ### To view and share the Alliance’s press release on this matter click here.  December 20, 2016 CONTACT: Ty Hardt Sr. Director of Communications Desk (907) 339-6888 Mobile (907) 223-3253 thardt@asrc.com ASRC Reacts to President’s Plan to Permanently Restrict Offshore Oil and Gas Development in Alaska’s Arctic Controversial move disregards the views of those who call Alaska’s Arctic home Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is strongly reacting to a plan from the Obama administration to permanently block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in Alaska’s Arctic as well as sections in the Atlantic, off the east coast. The plan calls for withdrawing additional acreage in the Arctic OCS planning areas using an ambiguous clause of the Outer Continental...

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Alaska’s only operational coal mine strongly opposes new stream protection rule
Dec20

Alaska’s only operational coal mine strongly opposes new stream protection rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2016 Rule is onerous and duplicative to existing environmental protections HEALY, AK (December 19, 2016) – As the U.S. Department of Interior today finalized yet another anti-coal measure during the waning days of the Obama administration, Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. (UCM) expressed its strong opposition to the stream rule. “Clearly, the Obama administration’s stream rule was not crafted with Alaska in mind. It appears to be a rule targeting the Appalachian region, and was then smeared across the country all the way up to Alaska. The stream rule completely ignores Alaska’s unique conditions and disregards the need for special considerations with respect to surface coal mining operations in our state,” said Joe Usibelli, Jr. President and CEO of UCM. “The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act allows states to have primacy over their coal programs. However, the stream rule robs states of their discretion. I am confident that a blanket, one-size-fits-all permit cannot be properly applied to all regions of the country. The regions are the experts. The State of Alaska is better suited to determine Alaska’s unique coal mining conditions than a bureaucrat in Washington D.C.,” Usibelli added. UCM is currently reviewing the 1,648-page pre-publication version of the stream rule. An initial review indicates that the final rule reflects the onerous provisions and many of the same pernicious details contained in the proposed rule published in July 2015. “The fact that the Obama administration’s own calculations praise the expected annual loss of coal mining jobs, while increasing bureaucratic jobs for additional regulators shows an absolute disconnect with the reality of a productive economy,” Usibelli stated. “I have spoken with Senators Murkowski, Sullivan, and Congressman Young and have asked them to swiftly pass a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval for the stream rule,” he stated. The rule, which the Trump Administration has said it opposes and will act to rescind, provides no discernable environmental benefits while duplicating and interfering with extensive existing environmental protections at both the federal and state levels—duplication and interference which is expressly prohibited under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. ### For more information, contact Lorali Simon at (907) 745-6028, lorali@usibelli.com. To view the original press release click...

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