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DELTA LEASING NEW ACQUISITION WILL GROW SLOPE BUSINESS

DELTA LEASING NEW ACQUISITION WILL GROW SLOPE BUSINESS

For Immediate Release   ANCHORAGE, AK (December 23, 2016) – Delta Leasing, LLC, an Anchorage based oil and gas support services company, announced that it has purchased substantial North Slope assets of MagTec Alaska. MagTec is a Kenai based equipment and vehicle leasing firm that has been a major supplier to North Slope operators.   As part of the MagTec asset acquisition, Delta Leasing takes ownership of 350 equipment assets of MagTec, an 8,000 sq. ft. Prudhoe Bay shop facility, and the current MagTec customer leases on the equipment.   “This acquisition enables Delta Leasing to expand our product lines of construction and oilfield support equipment to better serve companies operating on the North Slope” said Rudi von Imhof, President of Delta Leasing.   “We are excited to be able to offer a wider selection of equipment. From mobile offices, guard shacks, generators, heaters, loaders, Sno cats and work trucks of all kinds, we can now provide an expanded fleet to our North Slope customers. The additional repair and maintenance facility will allow us to improve our service capabilities, directly benefitting customers with responsive support during the short exploration and operating seasons,” he said.   A 100% Alaska owned business, Delta Leasing has operations in Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay. For more information, contact: Leslie Miller, 907-659-9056     CONSTRUCTION I MINING I OIL & GAS I TRANSPORTATION Anchorage: 907.771.1300 www.deltaleasing.com Prudhoe Bay: 907.659.9056 To view and share the press release click...

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Governor Walker Introduces Bill to Name New State Ferries

Governor Walker Introduces Bill to Name New State Ferries

Alliance member company, Vigor Alaska, is building the two new state ferries mentioned in this press release sent out by Gov. Walker this afternoon.  January 23, 2017 Press Release: 17-010 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker introduced legislation today naming two new state ferries that will come into service in late 2017. The two vessels are currently under construction at Vigor Alaska in Ketchikan. As required by Alaska law, each ferry bears the name of an Alaska glacier – the Motor Vessel Tazlina and the Motor Vessel Hubbard. Last year, Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott reviewed hundreds of names submitted by Alaska students in an essay competition to name the two ferries. “I am honored to include Alaska’s young people in the ferry naming process. Just like Benny Benson did when he designed the Alaska flag, these two students are leaving their mark in our state’s history,” Governor Walker said. “I look forward to seeing these beautiful vessels sail in Alaska waters for years to come.” Tanalian School 7th grader Malea Voran of Port Alsworth proposed the name “Tazlina.” The Tazlina Glacier is named after the Tazlina River.  In her essay, Malea explained that name is an Ahtna Athabascan word meaning “swift river”, making it an appropriate name for a ferry. “This name would remind us that even small things are capable of doing big things,” she said in her essay. “This small boat could be named after something big and inspiring.” Eagle River High School 10th grader Taylor Thompson of Eagle River suggested the name “Hubbard.” The Hubbard Glacier flows 80 miles to its terminus at Disenchantment Bay, near Yakutat in the St. Elias Mountains. Originally named for National Geographic Society founder Gardiner G. Hubbard, the Hubbard Glacier has been advancing for over 100 years – unlike other glaciers. “This glorious slab of ice has defied its predisposition and proved to be a true wonder,” Taylor wrote in her essay. “An Alaskan Ferry should be just as incredible.” ### Transmittal Letter to Senator Kelly (pdf) Transmittal Letter to Representative...

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State gasline corporation quietly opens office in Tokyo

State gasline corporation quietly opens office in Tokyo

Last weekend, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced that it had opened a new office in Japan. But, it only made the announcement in Japan. Now, one lawmaker is questioning how the agency is spending its money, and why. Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, said she thinks the corporation is misspending the money the legislature appropriated to it. “We have no information about this Japanese office,” she said. “At the same time we’re here in Juneau, wondering how we’re going to balance the budget, considering taxing citizens, reducing education funding, dealing with healthcare costs. And $100 million is sitting in the treasury of the AGDC and we don’t know what it’s being used for. So there is huge, there is huge concern.” Giessel also said the corporation was not transparent in its decision to open the new office. She chairs the Senate Resources committee and says she attends most of the corporation’s board meetings. To read the full story click...

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Alaska Joins Multi-State Challenge to Stream Protection Rule

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

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 release. 

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Meet Alaska 2017 Prize Winners

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

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

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 Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). The controversial announcement was made this afternoon from Washington D.C. “We will fight this legacy move by the outgoing president with every resource at our disposal,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “This decision will not stop our climate from changing, but it will inhibit our North Slope communities from developing the infrastructure, communications capability and technology necessary for growth. It’s a move which was made without any consultation from the largest private land owners in the U.S. Arctic and yet we will be the ones forced to live with the consequences.” “It’s disappointing this administration would base much of its decisions regarding...

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

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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Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly Outlines Guiding Principles

Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly Outlines Guiding Principles

News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Kelly For Immediate Release: December 13, 2016 Guiding Principles of Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly As your incoming senate president, I’m asked often what our majority caucus priorities will be in these challenging times. Our Senate Majority will get together and define those priorities as a team in the next few weeks, incorporating the viewpoints of 15 senators from all regions, walks of life, and political persuasions. While we work on those priorities, I wanted to share my guiding principles, which I know many of my senate colleagues share. Government should be limited and people should be free. This naturally sets up tension between the freedom of the individual and the role of government. When the two conflict, we should default to the freedom of people whenever possible. Public employment and private employment are both extremely important. However, private employment is the higher priority. Government does not produce wealth; that is the role of the private sector. Therefore, efforts to address the fiscal crisis in Alaska should be directed, as much as possible, to those areas of government that enhance and facilitate the private economy. Those areas of government that are hardwired to grow automatically, must be put in check. Wherever possible, we must restructure government funding so that it remains accountable to Alaskans. Therefore, no government function or agency will be immune from budgetary scrutiny. While Alaska justly requires its fair share of our oil and gas wealth, the goal of any changes to our oil and gas tax system needs to be more production. ### To get more information from the Alaska Senate Majority click...

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