Legislature(2013 - 2014)BUTROVICH 205

02/08/2014 09:00 AM RESOURCES


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SB 146 APPROVE TESORO ROYALTY OIL SALE TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 146 Out of Committee
Department of Natural Resources
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 109 ADVISORY COMMISSION ON FEDERAL MGT AREAS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 109 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SJR 15 OPPOSE INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATING OF LAND TELECONFERENCED
Moved SJR 15 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SJR 16 OPPOSE FEDERAL AID TO CERTAIN NONPROFITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSJR 16(RES) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
        SJR 15-OPPOSE INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATING OF LAND                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:32:46 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR GIESSEL announced SJR 15 to  be up for consideration and as                                                               
the  sponsor, related  that  it  is a  resolution  related to  an                                                               
international transboundary  area in  the Bering  Straits region.                                                               
She said that  Beringia is a designated area  that recognizes the                                                               
cultural connections  between areas  in Russia  and areas  on the                                                               
west coast  of Alaska around  Nome and Kotzebue. The  intent that                                                               
has been going forward for the  past approximately 25 or 30 years                                                               
is to declare this area  an international park, the definition of                                                               
which would   designate  a protected area  in two  countries that                                                               
would  result   in  sharing   information,  joint   studies,  and                                                               
promoting joint activities.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Other  designations are  related to  international parks:  Ramsar                                                               
sites  in   the  Izembek  National  Wildlife   Refuge,  biosphere                                                               
reserves in  Denali National  Park, and  World Heritage  Sites in                                                               
Glacier Bay and  Wrangell St. Elias National  Parks. Around these                                                               
areas  often the  National Park  Service  and federal  government                                                               
wish  to designate  buffer  zones, an  ongoing  effort in  Denali                                                               
National Park.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL said  the concern about designating  Beringia as an                                                               
international  park is  how it  will affect  resource development                                                               
and subsistence  use on in  the area. One of  the recommendations                                                               
coming from  the Citizen's Advisory  Commission on  Federal Areas                                                               
(CACFA) is to  avoid spending scarce federal  funds and resources                                                               
on special  non designated areas  such as  Beringia International                                                               
Park.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:34:09 AM                                                                                                                   
JANE  CONWAY, staff  to Senator  Giessel, explained  that SJR  15                                                               
urges the  federal government to  cease pursuing the  creation of                                                               
the  Beringia International  Park.  This idea  has been  floating                                                               
around since  the 80s  where it  has languished,  gained momentum                                                               
and  then languished  again. It  gained momentum  recently and  a                                                               
Memorandum  of  Understanding (MOU)  came  about  in October  28,                                                               
2013.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She said  the MOU  doesn't actually create  the park;  however it                                                               
symbolically links  national parks  in Alaska  and Russia  with a                                                               
focus  on  environmental  protection. While  it  sounds  harmless                                                               
enough,  those phrases  can take  on entirely  different meanings                                                               
when   used  in   a  campaign   opposing  building   of  resource                                                               
development  projects. They  are  leery of  any formal  agreement                                                               
regarding these  related areas in  the Bering Strait  region that                                                               
could affect Alaskan's  ability to develop its  resources in that                                                               
economically  challenged region  (which encompasses  the Red  Dog                                                               
Mine).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. CONWAY said  the resolution is a violation of  Section 101 of                                                               
ANILCA  and the  MOU between  the  U.S. Department  of State  and                                                               
Russia is proceeding  with zero input from  the state government.                                                               
These  international  designations  come through  United  Nations                                                               
Educational Scientific  and Cultural Organizations  (UNESCO). The                                                               
Ramsar site  in the Izembek  Lagoon National Wildlife  Refuge was                                                               
cited as  one of the  reasons Secretary Jewell made  the decision                                                               
she did to deny the Izembek Road.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:37:13 AM                                                                                                                   
MS.  CONWAY  said besides  Glacier  Bay  and Wrangell  St.  Elias                                                               
National  Park and  Preserve seven  others are  on the  tentative                                                               
list to  be considered as  World Heritage Sites in  Alaska. While                                                               
Alaska does  not have  an official designation  of a  buffer zone                                                               
now, one  has been discussed  around Denali National  Park having                                                               
to do with restricting wolf hunting and trapping since 2000.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
These international designations  have affected multiple projects                                                               
around  the world:  the New  World Mine  in Montana,  the uranium                                                               
mine  in Australia,  the Aginskoya  Mine in  Russia and  the list                                                               
goes on.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE asked if the list  of Alaskan sites was in their                                                               
packets.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CONWAY read them: Glacier Bay  in 1992, Wrangell St. Elias in                                                               
1979, Aleutian Islands Unit of  Alaska Maritime National Wildlife                                                               
Refuge,  Arctic   National  Wildlife  Refuge,   Cape  Krusenstern                                                               
Archaeological  District,  Denali  National Park,  Gates  of  the                                                               
Arctic National Park, and Katmai National Park.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:39:52 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR GIESSEL opened public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
STEVE BORELL, representing  himself, Anchorage, Alaska, supported                                                               
SJR 15. He  related that he first learned  about something called                                                               
Beringia and the  concept of an international  park between parts                                                               
of western Alaska and the Russian  side in the early 90s. Then he                                                               
heard  later  that  it  was  actually supposed  to  go  from  the                                                               
Mackenzie River  all the  way over  to the  Kolyma River,  in the                                                               
Magadan  Region.  When he  was  preparing  for testimony  at  the                                                               
federal overreach CACFA  summit he learned that  it actually goes                                                               
from  the Mackenzie  River as  far  as the  Elena River,  another                                                               
1,000 kilometers further west in  Russia; he also learned that it                                                               
goes from 70  N latitude (above Barrow) down to  the southern tip                                                               
of Kamchatka,  which he guess  was about the latitude  of Juneau:                                                               
nearly all  of Alaska is  included in  what they have  defined as                                                               
Beringia.  He had  not recently  checked to  see if  it had  been                                                               
drawn further.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
He  said  when  in  the  early 1990s  an  Alaskan  geologist  Joe                                                               
Dressler was working in the  Russian Far East first learned about                                                               
Beringia International Park,  he went on a  radio call-in program                                                               
in  Magadan;  several  callers   complained  that  the  U.S.  and                                                               
Canadian companies would  come over and just take  the metals and                                                               
leave a  big mess and nothing  to benefit the Russian  people. At                                                               
that time just  a few U.S. and Canadian  companies were exploring                                                               
there and none  of them had an operating mine.  Joe finally asked                                                               
one of the  callers who told him that and  the answer he received                                                               
was that  the National Park  Service and the Audubon  Society had                                                               
visited many  of the  villages and were  saying that  they needed                                                               
this national park to protect their land.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Part  of  the  purpose  of  the shared  Beringia  Program  is  to                                                               
reconnect the  peoples and  that is a  great goal,  however, they                                                               
are  using  reconnection  of  the  peoples  as  a  way  to  build                                                               
financial support to  save the National Park  Service from paying                                                               
for their traveling back and forth.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
He  learned that  three  things are  being  proposed for  Western                                                               
Alaska: 1. the International Park,  2. a World Heritage Site, and                                                               
3. a  Marine Biosphere  Reserve. The  International Park  is just                                                               
step one of  the plan and if  one had been in place  when the Red                                                               
Dog was being proposed, the  Rainbow Warrior and every other kind                                                               
of environmental  group would have  been attacking and  trying to                                                               
stop it.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:44:53 AM                                                                                                                   
MARLEANNA   HALL,  Project   Coordinator,  Resource   Development                                                               
Council (RDC), said it is their  policy to advocate for access to                                                               
and   across  lands   in  Alaska   for  resource   and  community                                                               
development and they  supported SJR 15. The MOU  for the creation                                                               
of  Beringia  International Park  will  create  another level  of                                                               
bureaucracy  limiting access  to areas  in Alaska.  This bill  is                                                               
timely,  because the  MOU has  not been  signed by  the president                                                               
yet.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Past  federal   government  promises  assured  access   to  allow                                                               
resource  development  in this  area  and  others not  set  aside                                                               
through  the  ANILCA Act  which  withdrew  106 million  acres  of                                                               
federal  lands in  Alaska into  conservation system  units. Today                                                               
Alaska accounts for 70 percent of  all national park lands in the                                                               
U.S.  as  well   as  54  percent  in   the  federally  designated                                                               
wilderness.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:47:01 AM                                                                                                                   
STAN LEAPHART, Executive  Director, Citizen's Advisory Commission                                                               
on  Federal  Areas  (CACFA),  said  a  letter  in  their  packets                                                               
supported   SJR  15.   A  similar   designation  is   the  Ramsar                                                               
designation  for the  Izembek National  Wildlife  Refuge. No  one                                                               
would dispute  the importance of  that area  and no one  wants to                                                               
jeopardize  it. But  everyone is  aware of  the need  for a  road                                                               
between King Cove  and Cold Bay for  medical evacuation purposes,                                                               
which  is  the  subject  of  a  proposed  land  exchange  in  the                                                               
legislature. The  King Cove Native  Corporation made a  number of                                                               
acres  available  for  it  and  the  purpose  was  to  allow  the                                                               
construction  of  the  road,  but   during  the  analysis  of  it                                                               
conducted by U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service they  decided to not                                                               
approve the land  exchange or the road. One of  the reasons cited                                                               
in both  the Environmental Impact  Statement (EIS)  and Secretary                                                               
of  Interior's  decision was  the  designation  of Izembek  as  a                                                               
Wetlands   of   International   Importance   under   the   Ramsar                                                               
convention. While  it is  not supposed  to be  binding, it  had a                                                               
major effect on that decision.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
He thought  that similar decisions  had been made  in designating                                                               
Glacier  Bay a  World Heritage  Site and  Biosphere Reserve  that                                                               
affected the ultimate elimination  of commercial fishing there in                                                               
the 1990s.  These types of  designations heighten the  profile of                                                               
any activity around  them and concerns have  been expressed about                                                               
the future of the state's ability  to manage its own resources on                                                               
its land as well as those of the Native corporations.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:50:17 AM                                                                                                                   
MIKE COONS,  representing himself, Palmer, Alaska,  supported SJR                                                               
15. He said he  had sent a PDF with suggested  additions to it as                                                               
follows: On page 4, line 2, add a further resolve that:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The  Alaska State  Legislature  request  that the  U.S.                                                                    
     Department of the  State or the U.S.  Department of the                                                                    
     Interior   nevertheless   pursues   or   proposes   the                                                                    
     designation of land or water  as an international park,                                                                    
     world heritage  site or biosphere reserve,  Ramsar site                                                                    
     or  classification of  land or  water than  affects the                                                                    
     proper use of the land or  water by the state of Alaska                                                                    
     or  Alaska  Native  Corporation, the  Congress  of  the                                                                    
     United States  vote against this violation  of U.S. and                                                                    
     state sovereignty....                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Second, he suggested  on page 4, line 7, to  delete "and" between                                                               
"process  and development"  and  to add  "after the  development,                                                               
oversight,  and  disapproval"  and  on line  10  delete  "if  not                                                               
primary".  He said  this language  strengthens an  already strong                                                               
resolution and he didn't think  that Russia would enforce this it                                                               
anyhow.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL, finding  no further  comments on  SJR 15,  closed                                                               
public  testimony.  She added  that  the  Ambler Mining  district                                                               
could  potentially   be  affected   by  the   international  park                                                               
designation. Since  the MOU  was constructed  as late  as October                                                               
2013,  there seems  to be  more active  movement forward  on this                                                               
designation.  Letter from  Representative Don  Young and  Senator                                                               
Lisa Murkowski supported it.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  FAIRCLOUGH asked  the committee  if  it would  entertain                                                               
sending  a letter  to National  Conference of  State Legislatures                                                               
(NCSL),   specifically  the   Labor   and  Economic   Development                                                               
Committee  that she  is  vice  chair of,  asking  the U.S.  Trade                                                               
representative  to  communicate  with states,  because  they  are                                                               
feeling left out of these  agreements as they negotiate state law                                                               
and  allow  foreign  entities better  leverage  inside  of  their                                                               
business environment without the states' concurrence.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE thanked  her for  bringing  the issue  forward.                                                               
ANILCA clearly  says we  will not add  additional acreage  to our                                                               
state to  remove it from  potential development and that  has not                                                               
been  followed through.  He thought  the  federal government  was                                                               
struggling to maintain  the park land they already  have and they                                                               
should be asked why they should keep adding to it.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:56:27 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  FAIRCLOUGH clarified  that  we  want good  international                                                               
relationships  and this  is  not a  reflection  of anything  that                                                               
Russia or its  delegation may have done. The  criticism, if there                                                               
is  one, lies  directly at  the  foot of  the U.S.  side of  this                                                               
conversation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:57:17 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  DYSON stated  that he  has  three wilderness  properties                                                               
south of  Denali National Park  along with scores of  other folks                                                               
and the federal government might  remove property rights for what                                                               
could  be  considered  inholdings  and  extend  federal  wildlife                                                               
management into those areas. However,  he didn't think that would                                                               
bias him on this issue.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:58:19 AM                                                                                                                   
At ease from 10:58:19 to 10:58:55 a.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:58:55 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  GIESSEL  said  she appreciated  Mr.  Coons'  comments  and                                                               
suggested amendments,  but adopting  them at  this time  it would                                                               
slow  down  the process.  She  thought  the important  parts  had                                                               
already been captured in the resolution.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE said  because  many  oppose increasing  federal                                                               
control  over  our  lands  in   Alaska  doesn't  mean  we  aren't                                                               
fascinated  by the  cultural aspects  of Beringia  and the  other                                                               
lands. Most of  our genetic code can be traced  to people as they                                                               
walked across the land bridge many  thousands of years ago.  What                                                               
it  means is  when  portions  of these  lands  are developed  for                                                               
projects  that  employ  potentially thousands  of  Alaskans,  the                                                               
impact is  on a few acres,  a tiny dot, among  millions of acres.                                                               
That is an important point to  remember when they want to lock up                                                               
millions of acres and things like ANWR.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:00:30 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR GIESSEL drew  attention to the map in  their packets noting                                                               
that we already  have a Bering Land Bridge  National Preserve and                                                               
Cape Krusenstern  National Monument and Russia  has several parks                                                               
designated,  as well,  where cultural  preservation and  heritage                                                               
are addressed.  The concern is  the increasing take of  our lands                                                               
which  contain resources  which  help  these communities  support                                                               
themselves. The villages of Norvik,  Kiana, Ambler, and Kobuk are                                                               
close to resources where energy  will be developed along with the                                                               
mineral   resources   there.    Extending   these   international                                                               
transboundary areas  jeopardizes the economic potential  and thus                                                               
the  sustainability of  these communities  and the  cultures they                                                               
represent.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:01:58 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR DYSON moved  to report SJR 15,  version 28-LS1192\U, from                                                               
committee to  the next committee  of referral with  attached zero                                                               
fiscal  note  and  individual   recommendations.  There  were  no                                                               
objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                               

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 146 vs A.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 146
SB 146 Transmittal Letter.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 146
SB 146 Briefing Paper and Sectional.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 146
SB 146 Fiscal Note 1 DNR.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 146
SB 146 Best Interest Finding 2013.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 146
SB 146 Best Interest Finding 2014.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 146
SB 146 DNR Tesoro Amendment Contract Presentation.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 146
SB 109 vs A.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 109
SB 109 Sponsor Statement.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 109
SB 109 Fiscal Note.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 109
SB 109 Back Up Information.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 109
SB 109 Alaska_Lands_Update_11_2013.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 109
SB 109 Alaska_Lands_Update_12_2013.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 109
SB 109 CACFA 2013 Annual Report.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 109
SJR 15 vs U.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Sponsor Statement.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Fiscal Note.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Beringia.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Biosphere List.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 AK Land Ownership Map.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Int. Park Slide.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 MOU US and Russia 20131028.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Promise of ANILCA.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 World Heritage Site Conflicts.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Clinton-Lavrov meeting.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Sec. Jewell on monuments.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Murkowski - Young letter to Secs of State 20131028.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Murkowski Young response 20131030.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Governor Letter to US Secs of State 20120907.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Sen. Majority letter to Kerry & Jewell 20131114.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Supp Letter Borell 20140125.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Supp Letter Cncl of AKProducers 20140206.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Supp letter AMA 20140206.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Supp Letter RDC 20140205.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Supp Letter CongressmanYoung 201400207.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 15 Supp Testimony MikeCoons 20140208.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR 16 vs N.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Sponsor Statement.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 MOU F&G & USFWS.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 DOJ Mission Statement.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 AK Mental Health Trust revenue.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 FY11 Fiscal Impact ACF.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 FY11 ACF Funding.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 FY12 ACF Funding.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Bristol Bay campaign.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Supp Letter Cncl of AK Producers 20140205.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Supp Letter FirstThingsFirst 20140205.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Supp Letter AMA 201402.06.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Supp Letter RDC 20140207.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Supp Letter CAFCA 20140207.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Submitted by LisaWeissler Public Interest and Permitting 20140208.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
SJR 16 Submitted by LisaWeissler Public Interest and Permitting 20140208.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16
CSSJR 16 (RES) Fiscal Note.pdf SRES 2/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
SJR 16