Legislature(2003 - 2004)

02/09/2004 01:05 PM RES

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                         JOINT MEETING                                                                                        
               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
             HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON OIL AND GAS                                                                           
                        February 9, 2004                                                                                        
                           1:05 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE RESOURCES                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Nancy Dahlstrom, Co-Chair                                                                                       
 Representative Beverly Masek, Co-Chair                                                                                         
 Representative Bob Lynn                                                                                                        
 Representative Nick Stepovich                                                                                                  
 Representative Beth Kerttula                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE OIL AND GAS                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Vic Kohring, Chair                                                                                              
 Representative Beth Kerttula                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE RESOURCES                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Cheryll Heinze, Vice Chair                                                                                      
 Representative Carl Gatto                                                                                                      
 Representative Kelly Wolf                                                                                                      
 Representative David Guttenberg                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE OIL AND GAS                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Cheryll Heinze                                                                                                  
 Representative Jim Holm                                                                                                        
 Representative Lesil McGuire                                                                                                   
 Representative Norman Rokeberg                                                                                                 
 Representative Harry Crawford                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
^BRIEFING FROM OIL PRODUCERS/NORTH SLOPE DRILLING ACTIVITIES                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAPES                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                              
04-3, SIDE(S) A & B [HOUSE RES TAPE]                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY OF INFORMATION                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR BEVERLY  MASEK convened the  joint meeting of  the House                                                             
Resources Standing  Committee and the House  Special Committee on                                                               
Oil  and Gas  at  1:05 p.m.   Present  from  the House  Resources                                                               
Committee   were   Representatives    Dahlstrom,   Masek,   Lynn,                                                               
Stepovich,  and  Kerttula.    Present   from  the  House  Special                                                               
Committee  on  Oil  and  Gas  were  Representatives  Kohring  and                                                               
Kerttula.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  RUUD, Land  Manager, ConocoPhillips  Alaska, Inc.,  gave a                                                               
presentation on  oil exploration  and production  in Alaska.   He                                                               
used a  color-coded map  to illustrate  the locations  of current                                                               
exploration operations and  joint ventures.  He  talked about the                                                               
cost and production  of the ice roads used  for reaching drilling                                                               
sites; highlighted the company's  efforts to attract new entrants                                                               
to the  state for oil  exploration and production;  described the                                                               
challenges facing the oil industry  in Alaska; and emphasized the                                                               
need for fiscal certainty and stability in the state.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JACK BERGERON  JR., P.E.,  Alaska Manager,  Total E&P  USA, Inc.,                                                               
provided information about the company's  role in oil exploration                                                               
and production in Alaska and around the  world.  He used a map to                                                               
illustrate current exploration  areas in the state,  and said the                                                               
company is in  the process of drilling its first  well in Alaska.                                                               
Mr.  Bergeron  explained  that the  company  takes  environmental                                                               
concerns  seriously and  has strict  environmental policies.   He                                                               
emphasized the  importance of logistics,  and he  highlighted the                                                               
need for fiscal certainty in the state.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  CHRISTIAN, Vice  President, Land  and Negotiations,  Kerr-                                                               
McGee Oil  and Gas Corporation,  explained that the company  is a                                                               
new entrant  for oil and  gas development  in Alaska.   He talked                                                               
about  the company's  ventures in  Alaska and  around the  world.                                                               
Mr.  Christian  said the  company  is  proud  of its  safety  and                                                               
environmental  standards, for  which it  has won  several related                                                               
awards.   He  relayed  the  importance of  a  stable economy  and                                                               
fiscal regime in the state.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There was  a question-and-answer session  in which  members asked                                                               
questions with  regard to access,  road development, and  ways in                                                               
which the state could facilitate  further oil and gas exploration                                                               
and development.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There were no announcements.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The committees took no action.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business  before the committees, the joint                                                               
meeting between  the House Resources  Standing Committee  and the                                                               
House  Special  Committee  on  Oil   and  Gas  was  adjourned  at                                                               
2:36 p.m.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
NOTE:   The meeting was  recorded and handwritten log  notes were                                                               
taken.  A  copy of the tape(s)  and log notes may  be obtained by                                                               
contacting the  House Records  Office at  State Capitol,  Room 3,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska  99801  (mailing address),  (907)  465-2214,  and                                                               
after  adjournment  of the  second  session  of the  Twenty-Third                                                               
Alaska  State Legislature  this  information may  be obtained  by                                                               
contacting the Legislative Reference Library at (907) 465-3808.                                                                 

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