HJR 46: Endorsing development of the Falls Creek hydropower project.
00HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 46 01 Endorsing development of the Falls Creek hydropower project. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS using oil for power generation depletes nonrenewable resources and 04 causes communities who are relying on electric power generated from oil to face higher costs 05 as supplies of nonrenewable resources dwindle; and 06 WHEREAS the generation of electricity from fossil fuels increases pollution and 07 health hazards and contributes to global warming and to acid rain; and 08 WHEREAS reliance on foreign oil adds to our national debt and weakens our national 09 economy; and 10 WHEREAS an increase in electrical use in both Glacier Bay National Park and in the 11 town of Gustavus will call for more diesel generating plants and will increase costs; and 12 WHEREAS a small hydropower project at Falls Creek could satisfy the needs of 13 Glacier Bay National Park and the community of Gustavus well into the 21st century; and 14 WHEREAS a hydropower generator at Falls Creek could result in savings of
01 $1,500,000 in the next five years in power costs and an additional $3,000,000 in avoided 02 capital expenditures for improvements and upgrades to the existing power system to meet 03 demand, and could reduce operating expenses and maintenance costs by $500,000; and 04 WHEREAS the Falls Creek hydropower project is intended to be financed solely by 05 private capital; and 06 WHEREAS issues relating to Glacier Bay National Park are frequently contentious, 07 but the community of Gustavus and the National Park Service agree that the Falls Creek 08 hydropower project is both environmentally sound and economically advantageous; and 09 WHEREAS, because the site of the hydropower project is currently within the 10 boundaries of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, an Act of Congress will be needed to 11 change designation of the land status; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature strongly endorses development 13 of the Falls Creek hydropower project in an environmentally sound manner, and encourages 14 the Congress to enact appropriate measures to help bring this project to fruition. 15 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 16 United States; the Honorable Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior; 17 Roger G. Kennedy, Director, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; Robert 18 Barbee, Alaska Regional Director, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and 19 to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the 20 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.