Legislature(2013 - 2014)BARNES 124

03/03/2014 01:00 PM RESOURCES


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01:13:37 PM Start
01:14:12 PM SJR15
01:49:49 PM Big Game Commercial Services Board
01:56:49 PM Board of Fisheries
02:04:44 PM Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources
03:06:02 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 287 APPROVE TESORO ROYALTY OIL SALE TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
+ SJR 15 OPPOSE INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATING OF LAND TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS SJR 15(RES) Out of Committee
+ Confirmation Hearings: TELECONFERENCED
- Commissioner Joe Balash, Dept. of Natural
Resources
- Board of Fisheries
- Big Game Commerical Services Board
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
        SJR 15-OPPOSE INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATING OF LAND                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:14:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR  PEGGY  WILSON  announced that  the  first  order  of                                                               
business would  be SENATE JOINT  RESOLUTION NO. 15,  Opposing any                                                               
international  designation   of  Alaska  land  or   water  as  an                                                               
international  park,  world  heritage  site,  biosphere  reserve,                                                               
Ramsar  site,  or other  classification  of  land or  water  that                                                               
affects  the use  of land  or  water by  the state  or an  Alaska                                                               
Native  corporation   without  approval  by  the   United  States                                                               
Congress and the Alaska State  Legislature; requesting the United                                                               
States Department  of State and  the United States  Department of                                                               
the  Interior  to   cease  all  further  action   related  to  an                                                               
international designation for  land and water in  the state until                                                               
the  action is  approved by  the United  States Congress  and the                                                               
Alaska  State  Legislature;  requesting that  the  United  States                                                               
Congress  pass legislation  requiring  Congressional approval  of                                                               
any international  designation that  affects the  use of  land or                                                               
water  by the  state or  the United  States; requesting  that the                                                               
governor be involved in the  process and development of any joint                                                               
action   plan;  requesting   that   the   state,  including   the                                                               
departments responsible  for the management of  fish and wildlife                                                               
and  other  natural  resources,  be   an  integral  part  of  any                                                               
discussion,  agreement,  understanding,  or  other  process  that                                                               
affects the  use or  development of fish  and wildlife  and other                                                               
natural resources in  the state; and urging the  governor and the                                                               
attorney general  to reserve all  legal remedies for a  taking of                                                               
the  natural   resources  of  the   state  by   an  international                                                               
designation of land and water in the state.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:15:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER  moved to  adopt Version  U as  the working                                                               
document.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:15:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANE  CONWAY,   Staff,  Senator   Cathy  Giessel,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  stated   the  current   version  of   the  proposed                                                               
committee substitute (CS) for SJR 15 is Version N.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR CATHY  GIESSEL, Alaska State Legislature,  clarified that                                                               
the original version of SJR 15 was Version U.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:16:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER withdrew his motion.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:17:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON  moved  to adopt  the  proposed  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS) for  SJR 15,  Version  N, [labeled  28-LS1192/N,                                                               
Bullock, 2/28/14] as the working document.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:17:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. CONWAY  explained that Version  N makes three  small changes:                                                               
On  page 2,  line 26,  changes  "National Park  Service" to  "the                                                               
federal  government";  on page  3,  line  8, changes  "would"  to                                                               
"potentially could  evolve into" and  on page 4, line  6, changes                                                               
"would"  to "could."   In  response  to a  question, stated  that                                                               
these changes do not at all alter the message of SJR 15.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:18:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOHNSON removed  his objection.   There  being no                                                               
further objection, Version N was before the committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR P. WILSON opened public testimony on SJR 15.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:19:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SEATON   requested  a   brief  overview   of  the                                                               
resolution for the public.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  stated that  SJR 15 is  similar to  a resolution                                                               
that several committee members sponsored  in 2007 that passed the                                                               
legislature.  She  noted this is not a new  issue.  She explained                                                               
that  Beringia is  a designated  international park  in Northwest                                                               
Alaska.   She  advised  that this  represents  another taking  of                                                               
Alaska land.   She  acknowledged the  committee is  familiar with                                                               
the  Alaska National  Interest Lands  Conservation Act  (ANILCA).                                                               
The third element  in ANILCA indicates that Alaska  has given its                                                               
share of lands for federal  conservation units.  She related that                                                               
ANILCA also contains  a "no more clause" noting  that Alaska need                                                               
not give  any more land.   However, after ANILCA passed  in 1985,                                                               
the National Park  Service (NPS) began to capture  land to create                                                               
the  Bering Land  Bridge National  Preserve  thereby taking  more                                                               
land.  In the early  1990s informal discussions between President                                                               
George  Bush  and  President Gorbachev  were  held  proposing  an                                                               
international park  designation that  would consist of  land from                                                               
Russia and land in Alaska.   In 2013, Russia formally established                                                               
the Beringia National  Park on the Chukotka  Peninsula in Russia.                                                               
This  would be  joined  with the  Beringia  Land Bridge  National                                                               
Preserve on  the Seward Peninsula  and Cape  Krusenstern National                                                               
Monument just  north of  Kotzebue.  She  summarized that  this is                                                               
Russian  land and  Alaska's land  creating an  international park                                                               
designation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:22:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL noted that in  October 2013 another Memorandum of                                                               
Understanding (MOU)  was developed and is  now awaiting signature                                                               
of  the president  to  finalize  this international  designation.                                                               
The  purpose   of  the  park   would  be  to   consider  culture,                                                               
environment, and conduct  research in the protected  area.  While                                                               
this may  sound nice, Governor  Parnell has  not been a  party to                                                               
these discussions, nor has the  legislature, and Congress has not                                                               
been invited  to discuss or chime  in on this designation.   This                                                               
designation   falls  under   the   United  Nations   Educational,                                                               
Scientific, and  Cultural Organization.   After  Cape Krusenstern                                                               
National Monument  and the Bering  Land Bridge  National Preserve                                                               
designations,  further  United  Nations  organizations'  criteria                                                               
applied to  other areas.   For  example, she  pointed out  that a                                                               
proposed  road  that  would  go  through  the  Izembek  [National                                                               
Wildlife Refuge], which is a  Ramsar Convention [list of wetlands                                                               
of international  importance] site,  but it  was declined  due to                                                               
concern about  grasses and birds.   She reiterated that  this has                                                               
been designated a Ramsar Convention site by the United Nations.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  related that Alaska  World Heritage  sites, also                                                               
designated  by  the  United  Nations   include  Glacier  Bay  and                                                               
Wrangell-St. Elias Park,  as well as Denali  National Park, which                                                               
is a  biosphere reserve.  She  stated there is an  "ongoing push"                                                               
for a buffer zone around Denali  National Park and Preserve.  She                                                               
stated  that pushing  for  a buffer  zone is  one  path taken  to                                                               
expand the size of a preserve.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:24:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL pointed  out  although  these designations  seem                                                               
harmless,  similar  ones   have  curtailed  resource  development                                                               
around the  world.   This resolution  expresses her  concern that                                                               
terms such as "sustainable development"  that are commonly stated                                                               
by  the  United Nations  and  the  federal government  will  mean                                                               
restricted development.   She advised that the  governor has sent                                                               
letters   to  [former]   Secretary  of   State  Hilary   Clinton,                                                               
expressing his  concern.  U.S. Senator  Murkowski and Congressman                                                               
Don Young have asked U.S.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell                                                               
and  Secretary of  State John  Kerry to  stop and  listen to  the                                                               
State of Alaska on this issue.   Similarly, the leadership in the                                                               
other  body  has  written  a similar  letter  and  the  Citizens'                                                               
Advisory  Commission on  Federal  Areas (CACFA)  has listed  this                                                               
international park as a primary priority concern.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL stated that the purpose  of SJR 15 is to raise an                                                               
awareness that  this proposal  has not gone  away, but  has moved                                                               
forward.   She  reported that  an MOU  signed by  Russia and  the                                                               
Secretary  of State  is awaiting  President Obama's  signature to                                                               
finalize the document.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:25:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER pointed out  the final resolve clause urges                                                               
the governor  and the  attorney general  to seek  legal remedies,                                                               
but they  are not on the  list of people who  will receive copies                                                               
of this resolution.  He suggested they should be added.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL agreed that is a good suggestion.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:26:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI requested a  specific example of how this                                                               
designation  has hampered  development  of  natural resources  in                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL deferred to her staff, Jane Conway.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. CONWAY answered  that the most recent example  is the Izembek                                                               
Road from Cold  Bay to King Salmon.  She  remarked that this road                                                               
as  a Ramsar  site  was touted  as  a reason  for  denial.   This                                                               
decision cited the  Black Headed Brant and the  protection of the                                                               
eel  grass in  the area  [as the  basis for  the denial.]     The                                                               
purpose  of this  resolution  is that  it  could possibly  hamper                                                               
development in  the state if  the international  designations are                                                               
allowed without Alaska's or Congressional approval.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:28:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI asked for some  of the benefits to Alaska                                                               
and Russia in having an MOU in place regarding the Beringia.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL said  she cannot  think of  a single  benefit of                                                               
having  this MOU  in place.   It  is an  additional international                                                               
taking that has no benefit.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:29:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR  pointed out that  the lands in  question are                                                               
federal  lands.   She  referred  to  a  map in  members'  packets                                                               
entitled  "Proposed   Transboundary  Area  of   Shared  Beringian                                                               
Heritage"  and to  the  proposed  contributions to  International                                                               
Protected  Area -  Pending  Designation.   She  said these  lands                                                               
appear  to  all  be  federal  and  native  lands  so  it  may  be                                                               
appropriate   for   the   federal  government   to   have   these                                                               
deliberations about federal  lands.  She asked  whether any state                                                               
lands are included.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL  answered yes;  naming  the  Bering Land  Bridge                                                               
National  Preserve and  the  Cape  Krusenstern National  Monument                                                               
north of Kotzebue.  She outlined  the challenge, that the NPS web                                                               
site   describes  Beringia   by   latitude   and  longitude   and                                                               
geographical location.   Beringia actually extends to  the top of                                                               
Alaska and  to the Mackenzie  River in  Canada, to the  bottom of                                                               
the Kamchatka Peninsula, about parallel  to the Aleutian Islands.                                                               
This essentially  would encompass  the entire  state.   She noted                                                               
the significant oil and mining resources.   The road from the Red                                                               
Dog Mine to tidewater had  to cross Cape Krusenstern and required                                                               
an act  of Congress  to build  the road.   She  expressed concern                                                               
that  if this  becomes internationally  designated, Alaska  would                                                               
have significant barriers to resource development.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:32:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TARR understood  the  concern is  related to  the                                                               
larger designation.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL explained that these  designations tend to expand                                                               
over time.   This  is U.S.  land, so she  did not  understand the                                                               
reason to relinquish it to international jurisdiction.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:33:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STAN LEAPHART, Executive  Director, Citizens' Advisory Commission                                                               
on  Federal  Areas, testified  in  support  of  SJR 15  from  the                                                               
following written statement [original punctuation provided]:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     I  appreciate  the  opportunity  to  testify  today  in                                                                    
     support of SJR 15.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The Commission shares the concerns  expressed in SJR 15                                                                    
     regarding  the  designation   of  lands  under  various                                                                    
     internal  initiatives such  as  that  reflected in  the                                                                    
     proposed  memorandum   of  understanding   between  the                                                                    
     United   States   and   the   Russian   Federation   to                                                                    
     "symbolically link"  U.S. National Parks in  the Bering                                                                    
     Strait Region to form an international protected area.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The proposed  MOU states that it  is legally nonbinding                                                                    
     and  is not  an  international agreement  and does  not                                                                    
     create  any rights  or obligations  under international                                                                    
     law.  Based  on past experience, however,  the terms of                                                                    
     this MOU  could complicate the ability  of the National                                                                    
     Park  Service to  manage national  park  lands in  this                                                                    
     region.   It could also potentially  affect the ability                                                                    
     of the State  of Alaska and the private  land owners in                                                                    
     the region to develop and utilize their lands.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     While somewhat different in  scope, the recent decision                                                                    
     by the  Secretary of  the Interior  to not  approve the                                                                    
     construction of a road in  the Izembek NWR was based in                                                                    
     no small part on the  1986 designation of the refuge as                                                                    
     a Wetland of International  Importance under the Ramsar                                                                    
     Convention,   even  though   the   convention  is   non                                                                    
     regulatory and  has no  sanctions for  violating treaty                                                                    
     commitments.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     In the  1990s the  designation of Glacier  Bay National                                                                    
     Park  &  Preserve  as  both   a  United  Nations  World                                                                    
     Heritage Site and  a biosphere Reserve was  a factor in                                                                    
     the phased elimination of a  100 year old state-managed                                                                    
     commercial fishery in the park.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The  Commission notes  that the  National Park  Service                                                                    
     Shared Beringian Heritage  Programs has funded numerous                                                                    
     projects over the  last 12 years in  the Bering Straits                                                                    
     region.     These   projects   have  collected   useful                                                                    
     archeological,  cultural, historical,  natural resource                                                                    
     and environmental data.  We  also note that many of the                                                                    
     projects are  undertaken not in the  Alaskan park units                                                                    
     for  which  the  National Park  Service  has  statutory                                                                    
     management   responsibility,   but   in   the   Russian                                                                    
     Federation.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Both  the Cape  Krusenstern National  Monument and  the                                                                    
     Bering  Land Bridge  National Preserve  (which are  the                                                                    
     two   U.S.   National   Park  units   that   would   be                                                                    
     "symbolically linked"  under this MOU) were  created by                                                                    
     ANILCA to  protect archeological sites and  provide for                                                                    
     the study  of the historic migration  of peoples across                                                                    
     the Bering Straits, as well  as to preserve natural and                                                                    
     cultural  resources in  these  two areas.   We  believe                                                                    
     that  the  increasingly  scarce   funds  used  for  the                                                                    
     administratively  created   Shared  Beringian  Heritage                                                                    
     Program could  better be utilized to  meet the National                                                                    
     Park  Service's  statutory responsibilities  for  these                                                                    
     two park units.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:36:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LEAPHART  pointed out  that  ostensibly  under the  MOU  the                                                               
management  decisions would  only  directly  affect the  National                                                               
Park Units.  He asked  to read  a short  excerpt from  a recently                                                               
released report, as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     A  recent  report  by  the  Science  Committee  of  the                                                                    
     National  Park  System   Advisory  Board  contains  the                                                                    
     following statement:   "Confronted with  continuous and                                                                    
     dynamic change  and the  goal of  preserving ecological                                                                    
     integrity, NPS  management strategies must  be expanded                                                                    
     to encompass a geographic  scope beyond park boundaries                                                                    
     to  larger  landscapes  and  to  consider  longer  time                                                                    
     horizons.  Specific   tactics  include   improving  the                                                                    
     representation  of unique  ecosystem  types within  the                                                                    
     National  Park System,  prioritizing the  protection of                                                                    
     habitats that  may serve  as climate  refugia, ensuring                                                                    
     the  maintenance of  critical  migration and  dispersal                                                                    
     corridors,  and strengthening  the  resilience of  park                                                                    
     ecosystems."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. LEAPHART  submitted that  this language  means the  NPS looks                                                               
outside  its management  responsibilities  to develop  management                                                               
strategies and  emphasizes the possible  threat from  creation of                                                               
this Beringian Heritage Area.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:38:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR inquired whether SJR  15 would have an impact                                                               
on  the  MOU,  which  is  what  is  moving  forward  and  if  the                                                               
resolution should specifically address the MOU.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. LEAPHART offered  his belief that the intent of  SJR 15 is in                                                               
opposition to the MOU and he  would hope the result would be that                                                               
the president would not sign it.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:40:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEANTHA CROCKETT, Executive  Director, Alaska Miners Association,                                                               
Inc.  (AMA)  spoke  in favor  of  SJR  15.    She read  from  the                                                               
following written statement [original punctuation provided]:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Good afternoon. My  name is Deantha Crockett,  and I am                                                                    
     Executive  Director of  the Alaska  Miners Association.                                                                    
     AMA  began  in  1939   (so  2014  celebrates  our  75th                                                                    
     Anniversary!)  and  is  the  umbrella  association  for                                                                    
     Alaska's  mining industry.  Our members  include small,                                                                    
     family-run placer operations,  to large-scale hard rock                                                                    
     mines, to coal mines,  to exploration projects, and all                                                                    
     vendors and contractors that support Alaska's mines.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     AMA does  not support actions that  decrease or prevent                                                                    
     access to Alaska's lands. In  1980, the Alaska National                                                                    
     Interest  Lands  Conservation Act  (ANILCA)  designated                                                                    
     millions of acres within  Alaska as conservation system                                                                    
     units, and more importantly,  issued a promise that "No                                                                    
     More"  lands would  be precluded  from a  multiple-use,                                                                    
     fully    accessible    classification.   The    Federal                                                                    
     government today  should keep  that promise,  and block                                                                    
     no further  acreage from access, exploration,  and with                                                                    
     hope, development of all uses.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Separately, land designations should  only be made with                                                                    
     full  Congressional approval,  the Alaska  Legislature,                                                                    
     and  the  Governor,  as well  as  the  various  private                                                                    
     landowners in  this area. Governor Parnell,  as well as                                                                    
     Senator Murkowski and  Congressman Young have expressed                                                                    
     concerns that the federal  government has not consulted                                                                    
     the State of Alaska on  this land designation. While on                                                                    
     a technical note,  designations don't create regulatory                                                                    
     authority over lands, it is  a consideration taken into                                                                    
     account  by land  managers who  evaluate activities  on                                                                    
     those lands,  and it is certainly  noticed by potential                                                                    
     developers  who may  sense additional  risk  by such  a                                                                    
     land  designation when  evaluating  whether  or not  to                                                                    
     invest in Alaska.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     We believe  passage of SJR15  will send a  message that                                                                    
     the  State of  Alaska takes  the multiple-use  standard                                                                    
     seriously, and  that designations  of lands  within our                                                                    
     state  must  be done  in  consultation  with our  state                                                                    
     lawmakers.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Thank you  for hearing this resolution  and I encourage                                                                    
     you to pass it as soon as possible.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:42:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARLEANNA HALL, Projects Coordinator, Resources Development                                                                     
Council (RDC), paraphrased, as follows [original punctuation                                                                    
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     The  Resource  Development  Council  for  Alaska,  Inc.                                                                    
     (RDC) is  writing in  support of  SJR 15,  a resolution                                                                    
     opposing any  international designation of  Alaska land                                                                    
     or  water  as  an international  park,  world  heritage                                                                    
     site,   biosphere  reserve,   Ramsar  site,   or  other                                                                    
     classification of  land or water  that affects  the use                                                                    
     of  land or  water by  the  state or  an Alaska  Native                                                                    
     Corporation without  approval by the U.S.  Congress and                                                                    
     the Alaska State Legislature.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     RDC  is an  Alaskan business  association comprised  of                                                                    
     individuals and  companies from  Alaska's oil  and gas,                                                                    
     mining,   forest  products,   tourism,  and   fisheries                                                                    
     industries.  Our membership includes  all of the Alaska                                                                    
     Native   regional   corporations,  local   communities,                                                                    
     organized  labor, and  industry support  firms.   RDC's                                                                    
     purpose is to expand  the state's economic base through                                                                    
     the responsible development of our natural resources.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     It is  a policy of  RDC to  advocate for access  to and                                                                    
     across  lands  in  Alaska for  resource  and  community                                                                    
     development.    RDC  is  concerned  that  the  proposed                                                                    
     Memorandum of  Understanding (MOU) for the  creation of                                                                    
     the Beringia International  Park (Beringia) will create                                                                    
     another  level  of  bureaucracy  inhibiting  access  to                                                                    
     areas in Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     The area  under consideration  in this proposed  MOU is                                                                    
     vast  and surrounds  many rural  communities.   The MOU                                                                    
     lacks  consultation  and  coordination with  local  and                                                                    
     state government,  as well as ignores  possible impacts                                                                    
     to  resources,   such  as  oil  and   gas,  and  mining                                                                    
     exploration and development.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     It is  also a  policy of RDC  to advocate  for multiple                                                                    
     use  of lands,  and  resource development  in the  area                                                                    
     could  provide economic  benefits to  the region  where                                                                    
     well-paying  jobs are  scarce, as  well as  improved or                                                                    
     added infrastructure and access  to areas for multiple-                                                                    
     users.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     RDC maintains that multiple  uses should include mining                                                                    
     (exploration,  leasing, development)  for oil  and gas,                                                                    
     coal, and  minerals, as well as  recreational and other                                                                    
     potential uses.   With less than one  percent of Alaska                                                                    
     in  conventional private  ownership,  access should  be                                                                    
     available on other lands, and  should not be restricted                                                                    
     by  an unprecedented  one-size fits  all MOU  that will                                                                    
     likely add another layer of federal bureaucracy.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     SJR 15  is timely, given the  MOU has yet to  be signed                                                                    
     by the President.  Input  from those most knowledgeable                                                                    
     about  Alaska  and  Alaska's resources  should  not  be                                                                    
     ignored.    This  MOU could  seriously  jeopardize  the                                                                    
     ability  to access  resources that  fall in  and around                                                                    
     Beringia.     In  addition,  past   federal  government                                                                    
     promises assured  access to allow  resource development                                                                    
     in  this area  and  others not  set  aside through  the                                                                    
     Alaska   National  Interest   Lands  Conservation   Act                                                                    
     (ANILCA)                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     The passage  of ANILCA  in 1980  set aside  106 million                                                                    
     acres  of  federal  lands  in  Alaska  as  conservation                                                                    
     system units.   Today,  Alaska accounts for  70 percent                                                                    
     of all  national park  lands in  the United  States, as                                                                    
     well as  53 percent of federally  designated Wilderness                                                                    
     for all of the U.S.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     RDC  thanks   Senator  Giessel  for   introducing  this                                                                    
     resolution, and  urges the  Alaska Legislature  to pass                                                                    
     SJR 15 and to continue  to assert the State of Alaska's                                                                    
     rights, and  consult with the  State of Alaska  on this                                                                    
     and any  future designations  of the State's  lands and                                                                    
     resources.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:43:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR P. WILSON, after  first determining no one else wished                                                               
to testify, closed public testimony on SJR 15.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:44:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KAWASAKI  recalled  that many  members  took  the                                                               
megaprojects seminar  several years  ago and it  was enlightening                                                               
to understand that part of  the problem with resource development                                                               
is  having  prospective  developers  know  the  confines  of  the                                                               
development.   Sometimes MOUs  have a  positive impact,  he said.                                                               
He  was unsure  about this  one in  particular, but  he does  not                                                               
object to moving the resolution at this point.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SEATON pointed out  that the last further resolved                                                               
urges the attorney  general to reserve all  legal remedies, which                                                               
he said is an important part of SJR 15.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:45:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER  moved to adopt Conceptual  Amendment 1, to                                                               
add  "Governor  Parnell and  Attorney  General  Geraghty" to  the                                                               
addressees of the resolution.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR P. WILSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:45:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER said  he wanted to ensure  that even though                                                               
the resolution  will pass the  governor's desk for  signature, it                                                               
doesn't  mean  it  will  be  assimilated by  the  governor.    He                                                               
respectfully  asked  for  the  sponsor's   consent  to  make  the                                                               
amendment to  add Governor Parnell and  Attorney General Geraghty                                                               
to the list of addressees.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR P.  WILSON said she noted the sponsor  was nodding her                                                               
assent.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL agreed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR P.  WILSON removed  her  objection.   There being  no                                                               
further objection, Conceptual Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:46:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE OLSON moved  to report SJR 15,  Version N, labeled                                                               
28-LS1192/N, Bullock, 2/28/14, as  amended, out of committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the accompanying  fiscal  note.                                                               
There being no  objection, the HCS SJR 15(RES)  was reported from                                                               
the House Resources Standing Committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SJR15 Fiscal Note.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Map.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Sponsor Statement HRES.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Support Letters.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 AK Heritage Site List.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 AK Land Ownership Map.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Biosphere List.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Governor Letter to US Secs of State.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 MOU US and Russia.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Murkowski - Young letter to Secs of State.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Murkowski Young response.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Promise of ANILCA.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Sen. Majority letter to Kerry & Jewell.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Version U.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Don Young Letter.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 NPS Letter.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Version N.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
SJR15 Changes Vsn U to N.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
SJR 15
Balash Bio & Photo.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Balash Resume.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Big Game - Metz #3.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Big Game - Peltola #3.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Fisheries - Johnson #3.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
KPFA Letter - Johnson.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287 Briefing Paper and Sectional.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 DNR Fiscal Note.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 DNR Presentation.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Tesoro Letter.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Transmittal Letter.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Version A.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Speaker Chenault Letter.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
Johnson BOF Confirmation - ATA Letter.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Johnson BOF Confirmation - SEAFA Letter.doc.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Johnson BOF Confirmation - UFA Letter.pdf HRES 3/3/2014 1:00:00 PM