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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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Alliance Membership Renewal!

Alliance Membership Renewal!

Click here to renew your membership in the Alaska Support Industry Alliance for 2016-2017! We appreciate your continued support! Here are some highlights from 2015/2016: Industry Relations Online Buyer’s Guide – an online directory of Alliance member companies designed to provide E&P companies a searchable database to find goods and services offered by Alliance members. Meetings with Industry – The Alliance had over 20 meetings with Industry on behalf of our members and created “The Competitive Edge” to inform you about the results of those meetings. Alaska Advantage – Experience. Community. Advocacy. These are the three elements that comprise the Alaska Advantage and Alliance member companies have it! We are continuing our efforts to expand the Alaska Advantage brand and make it what E&P companies look for when making procurement and contracting decisions. Government Relations Program The Alliance joined with our sister organizations to participate in an ad campaign welcoming President Obama and reminding him of the important role that resource development plays in Alaska and the United States and that 70% of Alaskans support resource development.  An LNG pipeline is the future of our state. The Alliance continued to promote efforts to move a project forward, providing detailed information to our members and the public on the TransCanada buyout and the new role for AGDC in the AK LNG Project.  Sharing our legislative priorities with legislators and the administration. Our priorities were: Continue Progress made on AK LNG Increase production Implement a sustainable long-range fiscal plan More than 50 meetings with Legislators and their staff. The Alliance was invited to provide testimony on behalf of our members before numerous committees in Juneau including: House Resources Committee, House Finance Committee, Senate Resources Committee, Senate Finance Committee. Tax Credit Working Group – the Alliance was invited by Senator Cathy Giessel to participate in a working group she created to look at the tax credit system in Alaska. Public Education AK Headlamp – new blog from the Alliance providing news and information the mainstream media doesn’t report.  14,000 visitors to the site, 800 email subscribers (including Legislators, Commissioners and the Governor’s office) and 1500 Twitter followers each day. Alaska Energy Insider – the Alliance is cultivating a list of super voter, resource development supporters, outside our membership, to mobilize as necessary to join in our efforts to promote responsible resource development in Alaska.  We currently have a list of 2000 with a goal of 5000.  Events: Meet Alaska – January Kenai Safety Summit – April Fairbanks Industry Update Forum – October MatSu Energy & Industry Forum – November Anchorage Breakfast Meetings (Sept-May) Fairbanks Lunch Meetings (Sept-May) Kenai Lunch Meetings (Sept-May) Thank you! Thanks to all our Alliance members who have renewed their membership for 2016/2017 Cahill Heating Petroleum News Osborne Construction Company Colville, Inc. Dunkin & Bush Inc. All American Oilfield, LLC SLR International Corporation Naniq Global Logistics, LLC Vigor Alaska LLC ATCO Structures & Logistics KeyBank Hilton Anchorage Hotel Anchorage Marriott Downtown Brand Energy & Infrastructure Service Wilson, Richard G. (PEG LLC) Swalling General Contractors, LLC Alaska Drilling and Completions, LLC Hepworth Agency JASCO Applied Sciences (Alaska) Inc Delta Western Petroleum Canadian National Railroad Florcraft Carpet One MRC Global Company Alaska Pump & Supply Inc. Summit ESP Everts Air Cargo Unified Operations, LLC Holland America Group Mike Dye Petro Star Inc. Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation Tiaga Ventures Arctic Marine Solutions United Rentals Northwest Inc. Calista Corporation WESCO Distribution Inc. McLane Consulting Inc....

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Forecasting Alaska’s Economy: 2017-2026

Forecasting Alaska’s Economy: 2017-2026

Jonathan King. Northern Economics. Alaska 2017-2026  

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Alaska Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Alaska Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Alliance member company, Calista Corporation and its subsidary Brice Marine are featured in the below press release from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Alaska Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week Employers Engaged in Major Expansion of Apprenticeship with State, Federal Support JUNEAU, Alaska— Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed November 14-20 as Alaska Apprenticeship Week, concurrent with National Apprenticeship Week. The Governor’s proclamation comes amidst major expansions of Alaska apprenticeships by employers in the health care, maritime, and aviation industries. In addition, the state has taken comprehensive policy steps to support Alaska’s longstanding and successful construction apprenticeship programs. “Apprenticeship is a cornerstone of Alaska’s strong middle class, and a key reason that we have some of the highest median wages in the country,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. Expansion of Apprenticeship in Alaska: The Alaska Primary Care Association is starting Community Health Worker, Medical Biller/Coder, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Clinical Medical Assistant apprenticeships. The Alaska Air Carriers Association is developing Commercial Pilot, Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic, and Aircraft Dispatcher apprenticeships. Calista Corporation has started a multi-employer maritime apprenticeship program for Deckhand, Able Bodied Seaman, and other maritime occupations in partnership with Brice Marine and other employers. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium enrolled eight apprentices in its new Medical Assistant apprenticeship. Fourteen chiropractic clinics are signing up apprentices in the Alaska Chiropractic Association’s new Chiropractic Assistant apprenticeship. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will hold its annual Registered Apprenticeship Roundtable on December 6-7 in Chugiak. Interested parties may get additional information or RSVP by emailing Commissioner.Labor@alaska.gov.   View the original press release at...

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