SCS CSHCR 2(CRA): Relating to the extension of the Alaska Railroad to Delta Junction and Fort Greely to support expanding resource development, agricultural, and military activities.
00 SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2(CRA) 01 Relating to the extension of the Alaska Railroad to Delta Junction and Fort Greely to 02 support expanding resource development, agricultural, and military activities. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the United States Department of Defense has begun to construct an anti- 05 ballistic missile testing and launch facility at Fort Greely, Alaska; and 06 WHEREAS United States Army Alaska is developing new range areas at Fort Greely 07 to support the training of the new Stryker Brigade; and 08 WHEREAS the world-class mining operation at Pogo located near Delta Junction is 09 projected to commence construction in the fall of 2003 and operate for at least 11 years, and a 10 more cost-efficient transportation system would assist such a mining venture; and 11 WHEREAS the agricultural industry in the Delta Junction area would become more 12 cost efficient, competitive, and able to expand if access to markets were less expensive; and 13 WHEREAS a railroad is well suited to provide the transportation support required to 14 sustain military operations as well as provide a cost-efficient method of transporting goods 15 and services for both mining and agricultural activities in the region; and 16 WHEREAS the Alaska Railroad already has rail lines extending to Eielson Air Force
01 Base, which is within 70 miles of Delta Junction and Fort Greely; and 02 WHEREAS the Alaska Railroad can efficiently provide transportation services for 03 heavy cargo and large quantities of supplies to the region from the ports of Seward, Whittier, 04 and Anchorage while economically delivering the region's mining and agricultural products to 05 market; and 06 WHEREAS the extension of the Alaska Railroad to Delta Junction and Fort Greely is 07 consistent with the long-term goals of the Alaska Railroad Corporation and the State of 08 Alaska to extend rail service through Canada to the lower 48 states; 09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests Governor 10 Frank Murkowski to encourage the Alaska Railroad Corporation to undertake the extension of 11 the Alaska Railroad to Delta Junction and Fort Greely in order to support the region's 12 expanding resource development, agricultural, and military activities. 13 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 14 of the United States; the Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense; 15 Patrick Gamble, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alaska Railroad Corporation; and to 16 the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the 17 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.