Legislature(2019 - 2020)BARNES 124

03/15/2019 01:20 PM RESOURCES

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01:21:54 PM Start
01:22:27 PM Confirmation Hearing(s):
06:39:29 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Recessed to 5:30 pm --
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Commissioner Designee Jason Brune, Dept. of
Environmental Conservation
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 15, 2019                                                                                         
                           1:21 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Geran Tarr, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Grier Hopkins, Vice Chair                                                                                        
Representative Sara Hannan                                                                                                      
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative John Lincoln, Co-Chair                                                                                           
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
Representative Sara Rasmussen                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Jason Brune - Anchorage                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JASON BRUNE, Commissioner Designee                                                                                              
Department of Environmental Conservation                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as commissioner designee to the                                                                
Department of Environmental Conservation.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER RASCH                                                                                                                   
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition during the                                                                       
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ANTHONY VLAHOVICH, Boat Captain                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DAVE HARBOUR                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BOB SYLVESTER                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DEREK BENSON                                                                                                                    
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in opposition  during the hearing                                                             
of Jason Brune.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CARL BRODERSEN                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ROGER MCCAMPBELL                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ERIN KANDOLL                                                                                                                    
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ANNE KAHN                                                                                                                       
Lake Clark/Homer, Alaska                                                                                                        
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHESTEN CLARK                                                                                                                   
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ROY SMITH                                                                                                                       
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALANNAH HURLEY, Executive Director                                                                                              
United Tribes of Bristol Bay                                                                                                    
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LYNN AMMU                                                                                                                       
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
RIKA MOUW                                                                                                                       
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KIRIL BASARGIN                                                                                                                  
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KRIS BENSON                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ANNE FULLER                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified  during the  confirmation hearing                                                             
of Jason Brune.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SUSIE JENKINS-BRITO                                                                                                             
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JOLIE TULLY                                                                                                                     
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
EVERETT THOMPSON                                                                                                                
Naknek, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN HANSON                                                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KATE FINN                                                                                                                       
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
STEVE KAHN                                                                                                                      
Lake Clark/Homer, Alaska                                                                                                        
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
AMY RAINE                                                                                                                       
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL FERRIS                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SOMMERS COLE                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JORDEN NIGRO                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TOM GLASS                                                                                                                       
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ERIN WILAHAN                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEGHAN GERVAIS                                                                                                                  
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SELIVAN BASARGIN                                                                                                                
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TESS HOSTETTER                                                                                                                  
Igiugig, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CLAIRE SANCHEZ                                                                                                                  
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ARTHUR BLOOM                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARK LISAC                                                                                                                      
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ERIC FEIGE                                                                                                                      
Chickaloon, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KYLE KNIGHT                                                                                                                     
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA MCKINNEY                                                                                                                 
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN HIMELBLOOM                                                                                                                
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
NINA VIZCARRONDO                                                                                                                
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
VERNA KOLYAHA                                                                                                                   
Pedro Bay, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DAVE ATCHUSON                                                                                                                   
Sterling, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COLE HANSEN                                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LINDSEY BLOOM, Project Manager                                                                                                  
Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay                                                                                            
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MIKE SATRE                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CASEY JANZ                                                                                                                      
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CLARK WITNEY JR.                                                                                                                
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MELANIE BROWN                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
WOODY CYR                                                                                                                       
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
FRANCES BRANN                                                                                                                   
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHANDLER O'CONNELL                                                                                                              
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI JO KENNEDY                                                                                                                
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KEITH COMSTOCK, Chairman/CEO                                                                                                    
Juneau Hydropower/Juneau District Heating; Spokesperson                                                                         
Alaska Independent Power Producers Association                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DAVE CANNON                                                                                                                     
Aniak, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
STEVE SCHOONMAKER                                                                                                               
Kasiloff, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TRISTAN CHANEY                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JIM CLARK                                                                                                                       
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LINDSAY LAYLAND                                                                                                                 
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONSTANTINE JOHNSON                                                                                                             
Kwigillingok, Alaska                                                                                                            
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DONNA RAE FAULKNER                                                                                                              
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LISBETH JACKSON                                                                                                                 
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SURAJ HOLZWARTH, Executive Director                                                                                             
Whirling Rainbow Foundation                                                                                                     
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Speaking on  her own behalf and representing                                                           
Native   Americans,   testified    in   opposition   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA REILLY                                                                                                                  
Anchorage/Homer, Alaska                                                                                                         
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER FORBES                                                                                                                  
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
STEVEN ALBERT                                                                                                                   
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ANI WEE                                                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN ULERY                                                                                                                   
King Salmon, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TOM HARRIS                                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KAMPER HART                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE ORTMAN                                                                                                                   
Willow, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DEBRA LATHROP                                                                                                                   
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LIZ RANGEL                                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALYSSA QUINTYNE                                                                                                                 
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT HOCKEMA                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD HERRAN                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ADAM WEBER                                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
NIKOS PASTOS                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MIKE BRONSON                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CODY JACOBSON                                                                                                                   
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LIZ DEAM                                                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA MCDONNEL                                                                                                                
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KATIE DAWSON                                                                                                                    
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
EDWARD MCDONNEL                                                                                                                 
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LEONARD YUKMIS                                                                                                                  
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
IDA NELSON                                                                                                                      
Igiugig, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARK NIVER, President                                                                                                           
Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay                                                                                            
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BRYCE NIVER                                                                                                                     
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DANIEL SONDERGAARD                                                                                                              
Minneapolis, Minnesota                                                                                                          
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN AMUNDSON, Consultant                                                                                                      
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CASEY COUPCHIAK                                                                                                                 
Togiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA TEMPLE                                                                                                                  
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET ANDERSON                                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KATE CRUMP, Spokesperson                                                                                                        
Forget Adventure Travel                                                                                                         
Bristol Bay, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BERTHA PAEIAN-LOCKUK                                                                                                            
Togiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN CARPENTER                                                                                                               
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CARL WASSILIE                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CAROL FORD                                                                                                                      
Homer/Nikiski, Alaska                                                                                                           
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
WALLACE MILLS                                                                                                                   
Halibut Cove/Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                     
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TYLER CASKEY                                                                                                                    
Ekwok, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
GORDY VERNON                                                                                                                    
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:21:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  GERAN   TARR  called   the  House   Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at  1:21 p.m.   Representatives Tuck,                                                               
Hannan, Hopkins, Rauscher,  and Tarr were present at  the call to                                                               
order.   Representative Spohnholz arrived  as the meeting  was in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
     Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:22:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  announced the  only order of  business would  be a                                                               
confirmation  hearing of  Jason Brune,  commissioner designee  to                                                               
the Department of Environmental Conservation.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR read the following statement:                                                                                     
     The   mission  of   the  Department   of  Environmental                                                                    
     Conservation:   Conserving,  improving, and  protecting                                                                    
     Alaska's natural resources  and environment and enhance                                                                    
     the health, safety, economic,  and social well-being of                                                                    
     Alaskans.   The commissioner provides  policy direction                                                                    
     for  the  department  and  relentless  coordination  of                                                                    
     investment  and service  delivery, ensures  that public                                                                    
     concerns are  fully considered in  department decisions                                                                    
     and  actions,  establishes  department  objectives  and                                                                    
     assures  performance, serves  as  spokesperson for  the                                                                    
     governor on environmental  matters, issues decisions on                                                                    
     administrative   appeals  requests,   and  adopts   all                                                                    
     department regulations.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:24:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER   JASON   BRUNE,   commissioner  designee   to   the                                                               
Department of Environmental Conservation  (DEC), provided a short                                                               
background  of  his  education  and  qualifications  [a  complete                                                               
resume was  provided in the  committee packet].   While attending                                                               
college to  attain a biology  undergraduate degree,  he completed                                                               
an internship at  the U.S. Fish and  Wildlife Service, Department                                                               
of Interior, in Anchorage, working  on sea otters that were oiled                                                               
by  the [Exxon  Valdez oil  spill of  3/24/89], an  experience he                                                               
said, "helped  shape who I  am today."  Alaska's  economy depends                                                               
on   resource  extraction;   however,  the   state  must   ensure                                                               
responsible  and   ethical  development  to  prevent   a  similar                                                               
occurrence.   Commissioner Brune  said he continued  his graduate                                                               
school  education in  Anchorage and  worked  at what  is now  the                                                               
Biological  Resources  Division,   U.S.  Geological  Survey,  the                                                               
University  of Alaska  Anchorage,  and  the Resource  Development                                                               
Council  (RDC).   He  said  RDC's mission  is:   "Growing  Alaska                                                               
Through   Responsible   Resource   Development,"   a   motto   he                                                               
incorporated  into  his  personal environmental  ethic:    "Think                                                               
Globally,  Develop  Locally."     Commissioner  Brune  noted  his                                                               
diverse  and  statewide work  experience  includes  oil and  gas,                                                               
mining, fishing, timber, tourism  sectors, and relationships with                                                               
Alaska Native  Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)  corporations, labor                                                               
unions, local  communities, and  the support  sector.   He listed                                                               
his  association  with the  Alaska  Mineral  and Energy  Resource                                                               
Education  Fund, his  accomplishments  as  executive director  of                                                               
RDC,  and his  service  to  the Exxon  Valdez  Oil Spill  Trustee                                                               
Council  Public   Advisory  Committee   and  to  the   [board  of                                                               
directors] of the Alaska Sealife Center.   In 2011, he became the                                                               
government  and  public affairs  manager  for  Anglo American,  a                                                               
[former] partner in the Pebble  project [also known as the Pebble                                                               
Partnership].  While working for  Anglo American, he learned much                                                               
about the mining industry and  gained a deep understanding of the                                                               
process  to  permit  a  mine  in   Alaska  and  the  need  for  a                                                               
predictable   permitting  regime   that  does   not  "scare   off                                                               
investment":  a  Fraser Institute study ranked  Alaska below "the                                                               
Congo" on  the predictability of its  permitting regime [document                                                               
not provided].   Commissioner Brune acknowledged  Alaska has, and                                                               
should have,  the highest environmental  standards in  the world;                                                               
however, its ground rules must  not constantly change.  The state                                                               
must  work  with industry  to  provide  timely science-based  and                                                               
legally  defensible permits  to  ensure  operations will  coexist                                                               
with Alaska's environment.  Returning  to his work experience, he                                                               
said he worked  as the Senior Director of Land  and Resources for                                                               
Cook  Inlet  Region,  Incorporated   (CIRI),  where  he  fostered                                                               
relationships  with  CIRI's  village  corporations,  Tribes,  and                                                               
shareholders;  he  expressed  his  pride in  the  development  of                                                               
CIRI's  universal  gravel  agreement   with  its  villages  which                                                               
established the highest standards for surface gravel mining.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:30:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER BRUNE continued to note  while at CIRI, he developed                                                               
a carbon offset program and  oversaw land reclamation activities.                                                               
He  related his  extensive  relationships  throughout Alaska  are                                                               
evidenced  by  his  service to  the  Tyonek  Tribal  Conservation                                                               
District,  the Alaska  Sealife Center,  [Alaska Chamber],  Alaska                                                               
Miners Association,  Consumer Energy  Alliance Alaska,  the "Cook                                                               
Inlet  beluga  whale  recovery  team,"  and  the  civil  engineer                                                               
squadron  on  [former]  Elmendorf  Air Force  Base.    Since  his                                                               
appointment  as commissioner,  Mr. Brune  has met  with industry,                                                               
Tribal  and  ANCSA  entities,  environmental  organizations,  and                                                               
others; in  addition, he has  met many of the  staff at DEC.   He                                                               
provided personal information.  Commissioner Brune remarked:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Congress  and the  Alaska  legislature established  the                                                                    
     laws  which DEC  is responsible  for implementing.   To                                                                    
     create a positive and  predictable business climate, we                                                                    
     must  do no  more and  no less  than what  we have  the                                                                    
     authority  to do.   I  believe the  experiences that  I                                                                    
     have outlined  uniquely prepare  me for  this position.                                                                    
     Those  who  know me  will  speak  to my  integrity  and                                                                    
     commitment to the  environment.  I am proud  to work to                                                                    
     promote  Governor Dunleavy's  agenda of  showing Alaska                                                                    
     is open for business.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:34:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  referred to the rulemaking  and regulation                                                               
process   for   [Per-and   polyfluoroalkyl   substances   (PFAS)]                                                               
groundwater cleanup  and asked when  the draft  regulations would                                                               
be released for the public review.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  BRUNE   said  in   September  [2018]   [the  Walker                                                               
Administration]   released  draft   regulations   on  PFAS;   [in                                                               
February, 2019]  the U.S.  Environmental Protection  Agency (EPA)                                                               
released its  decision that  EPA will  set a  maximum contaminant                                                               
level for PFAS;  therefore, DEC will "follow the lead  of the EPA                                                               
on this  ... so we  are going to be  pulling back the  draft regs                                                               
that we had  put forward in September, ...  and awaiting guidance                                                               
from the EPA ...."                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN questioned how  [the reversal by DEC] would                                                               
impact the ongoing  cleanup projects of specific  sites that were                                                               
based  on  the  testing thresholds  of  contamination  previously                                                               
issued by the state.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER BRUNE  advised in 2016, DEC  promulgated regulations                                                               
for cleanup  levels of PFAS  at 400  parts per trillion;  EPA has                                                               
issued a  health advisory  level at  70 parts  per trillion.   He                                                               
said DEC  is "using those  levels" and  he has met  with impacted                                                               
communities,  as  the  Department of  Transportation  and  Public                                                               
Facilities  will likely  be  the  responsible party;  groundwater                                                               
contaminated  by  PFAS  has  been   discovered  in  King  Salmon,                                                               
Dillingham, Gustavus, Fairbanks, Utqiagvik,  and Yakutat, and DEC                                                               
will  continue to  provide drinking  water to  those communities.                                                               
Commissioner Brune was  unsure how the areas will  be cleaned up;                                                               
however, there will be a pilot  test to burn PFAS soil because he                                                               
does not support exporting contaminated soil.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:39:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  restated her question as  to the estimated                                                               
timeline for state regulations.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  BRUNE advised  he  will advocate  that  EPA has  an                                                               
expedited  process -  DEC will  await  direction from  EPA -  and                                                               
expressed his hope "it's very soon."                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:40:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  opened  public   testimony  on  the  confirmation                                                               
hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:41:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER  RASCH expressed  her strong  belief the  commissioner of                                                               
DEC should  be extremely interested  in protecting  Alaska waters                                                               
and  fisheries.   As a  former  employee of  Anglo American,  Mr.                                                               
Brune has  a conflict of interest  in that he supports  mining in                                                               
Bristol  Bay; mining  in Bristol  Bay  is not  beneficial to  the                                                               
environment and  protecting the salmon industry  and clean waters                                                               
is of  the utmost  importance.   Further the  commissioner should                                                               
want to  protect the  environment, salmon,  and fisheries  from a                                                               
neutral stance, without the influence of big business.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:42:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANTHONY VLAHOVICH urged the committee  to oppose the confirmation                                                               
of Jason Brune.   Mr. Vlahovich said he holds  a drift permit and                                                               
is a Bristol  Bay boat captain and career fisherman.   He and his                                                               
family live  in Juneau and  Bristol Bay sockeye contribute  to 90                                                               
percent of his  family's income and its future.   He and his wife                                                               
have made a commitment to  Alaska where its fisheries are strong;                                                               
however,  he questioned  his  decision to  live  in Alaska  after                                                               
Jason Brune's  nomination, which shows contempt  for a successful                                                               
fishery and  the livelihoods  of fishers.   He  characterized the                                                               
nomination as a  threat to his family and said  the nomination of                                                               
a  biased person  to a  position  of public  trust surprised  and                                                               
disappointed him, because Mr. Brune  will approve the Pebble mine                                                               
and the mine will fail.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:44:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE HARBOUR said as a former  state regulator, and as a personal                                                               
and  business reference,  he endorses  Mr. Brune's  confirmation.                                                               
From  his longtime  personal experience,  he is  inspired by  Mr.                                                               
Brune's  qualities  of  generosity,  integrity,  a  cheerful  and                                                               
optimistic attitude,  and professional  competence.   He directed                                                               
attention  to his  written testimony  [provided in  the committee                                                               
packet]   that  offers   compelling   logic   to  reinforce   the                                                               
committee's  decision  to  confirm  the appointment  due  to  Mr.                                                               
Brune's  extensive  biological  and natural  resource  management                                                               
background    that   qualifies    him   as    commissioner   from                                                               
constitutional and statutory perspectives.   Mr. Harbor urged the                                                               
legislature  to base  its decision  upon  qualifications and  the                                                               
testimony of those who have actual experience with the nominee.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:46:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB  SYLVESTER commented  allowing EPA  to function  as rulemaker                                                               
for the state  is not a good  idea.  He said Mr.  Brune is better                                                               
suited to  a position with  the Department of  Natural Resources,                                                               
that has  a different task  than DEC.   Further, efforts  to work                                                               
with all the  stakeholders would impede making  good judgement on                                                               
proposals.  He expressed his opposition to the appointment.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:48:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEREK  BENSON said  he strongly  opposes  Mr. Brune's  nomination                                                               
because  of his  previous position  as spokesman  for the  Pebble                                                               
project.   He said he has  worked at the headwaters  of a Bristol                                                               
Bay fishing  camp and does  not want  to see the  area destroyed,                                                               
which would hurt Alaskans who depend upon salmon fishing income.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:49:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARL  BRODERSEN  cautioned  confirming  the  nominee  equates  to                                                               
putting "...  a career  corporate advocate  and lobbyist  for the                                                               
exact industry he would have to  regulate at the head of the very                                                               
organization charged  with overseeing that industry."   Although,                                                               
Mr.  Brune  is familiar  with  industry,  a pro-Pebble  corporate                                                               
advocate is  unfit to run  the department that exists  to protect                                                               
and  conserve our  environment.   Mr. Brodersen  said he  is pro-                                                               
miner,  but is  wary of  some mining  companies because  of their                                                               
actions.    He  opined  Mr.   Brune's  life's  work  is  strongly                                                               
advocating for  the interest of  mines and  he should not  be the                                                               
commissioner of DEC.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:51:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROGER MCCAMPBELL stated he is  a retired state employee with work                                                               
experience in  ranching, technology,  closing oil wells,  and oil                                                               
spill  cleanup.   He  said  Mr. Brune's  testimony  showed he  is                                                               
competent and skilled and has a  lot of experience, and is a good                                                               
candidate  for those  who  have a  financial  interest in  Pebble                                                               
mine;  however, Mr.  McCampbell expressed  his opposition  to Mr.                                                               
Brune's confirmation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:52:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIN KANDOLL said  she was representing her  family and expressed                                                               
concern about the  commissioner of DEC.  Her  family owns permits                                                               
and operates  a Bristol Bay  salmon boat; their  livelihood would                                                               
be  harmed   by  any   threat  to  the   fishery  such   as  mine                                                               
contamination.  She said Mr.  Brune's lobbying efforts in support                                                               
of Pebble mine  are is direct conflict  with the responsibilities                                                               
of the commissioner's  position at DEC, which is  to ensure clean                                                               
water,  to  protect  Alaskans  from  pollution,  and  to  protect                                                               
sustainable natural resources for the following generations.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:54:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE KAHN  said she is  a lifelong  Alaskan living in  Lake Clark                                                               
and  Homer.    She  expressed   her  opposition  to  Mr.  Brune's                                                               
appointment  and  urged  the  committee  to  contact  those  with                                                               
sufficient knowledge to assess the  risks of advancing the Pebble                                                               
mine.   She reported 62,000  workers are employed because  of the                                                               
Bristol  Bay  fishery and  others  are  employed in  the  tourist                                                               
industry.    She  urged  the   committee  to  research  worldwide                                                               
incidents  of  tailings  dam failings,  especially  in  areas  of                                                               
sensitive  habitat.    Ms.  Kahn  stated  DEC  should  require  a                                                               
prefeasibility  study  on Pebble  mine  to  outline its  economic                                                               
viability.  She  said the confirmation of Mr.  Brune would ignore                                                               
the  wishes  of  a  majority   of  Alaskans  in  favor  of  mega-                                                               
corporations.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:56:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHESTEN  CLARK said  he is  a lifelong  commercial fisherman  who                                                               
fishes in  Bristol Bay.   He expressed  his strong  opposition to                                                               
Mr. Brune's confirmation because he  is biased and too supportive                                                               
of mining, which is a  conflict of interest [for the commissioner                                                               
of DEC].                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:57:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROY  SMITH said  he  is  a lifelong  Alaskan  who  has fished  in                                                               
Bristol Bay for over  40 years and each year he  is amazed by the                                                               
salmon  run.   He  cautioned against  the  appointment of  senior                                                               
officials in government who are  selected to advance personal and                                                               
party agendas at  the expense of fairness,  science, and history.                                                               
Mr.  Brune's confirmation  would raise  serious doubts  about his                                                               
diligent oversight  and equitable motives.   Mr. Smith  urged the                                                               
committee to  protect the super  sockeye and king salmon  runs at                                                               
Bristol Bay by a no vote on [confirmation].                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:58:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALANNAH HURLEY, Executive Director,  United Tribes of Bristol Bay                                                               
(UTBB), informed  the committee  UTBB is  a Tribal  consortium of                                                               
fifteen  Bristol  Bay  Tribal governments  representing  over  80                                                               
percent of the  population of Bristol Bay.  Ms.  Hurley urged the                                                               
committee  to not  confirm  Mr. Brune,  whose  appointment is  an                                                               
affront to  the people  of Bristol Bay  and all  Alaskans because                                                               
his  support  of the  Pebble  project  prevents his  objectivity.                                                               
Further,  his  acceptance  of  the  nomination  with  an  obvious                                                               
conflict  of   interest  indicates   a  lack  of   integrity  and                                                               
character.  She  commented on inaccuracies in  statements made by                                                               
Mr. Brune  - on various  occasions over many  years - and  read a                                                               
quote.    Ms. Hurley  opined  Mr.  Brune's appointment  disallows                                                               
trust  in  "the   process";  in  fact,  an   objective  and  fair                                                               
commissioner of DEC is not a partisan issue.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:01:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LYNN AMMU  supported the  testimony of  the previous  witness and                                                               
opined  consideration of  the  confirmation of  Mr.  Brune is  an                                                               
error due to Mr. Brune's conflict of interest.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:02:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RIKA MOUW  expressed her opposition  to Mr.  Brune's confirmation                                                               
and her  concurrence with other  witnesses who have  testified in                                                               
opposition.   She  surmised  Mr. Brune  is  a delightful  person;                                                               
however,  the  responsibility  of  the  DEC  commissioner  is  to                                                               
conserve and  improve the environment,  and Mr.  Brune previously                                                               
stated one of Alaska's goals  is to grow Alaska through corporate                                                               
resource  development.    She  opined  Mr.  Brune  is  a  "single                                                               
objective nomination."  Ms. Mouw  concluded Pebble mine threatens                                                               
her community.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:04:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIRIL  BASARGIN   said  he  is  a   fourth-generation  commercial                                                               
fisherman in Bristol Bay and  elsewhere.  He expressed opposition                                                               
to  Mr.  Brune's  appointment  because Mr.  Brune  is  unfit  and                                                               
should know from  his work in biology what could  be devasting to                                                               
Alaska;  in  addition,  he  does not  work  for  conservation  of                                                               
Alaska's  resources.    Mr. Basargin  referred  to  a  "childish"                                                               
incident  and  cautioned  against  putting  childish  minds  into                                                               
office.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:05:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRIS BENSON  said she has  18 years  of experience working  for a                                                               
land development  agency that  applies for  "permits."   She said                                                               
the  commissioner  of  DEC  should   be  neutral  when  reviewing                                                               
proposed  development,  and  questioned  Mr.  Brune's  neutrality                                                               
because of  his past work  as a strong advocate  for development.                                                               
Further, Mr. Brune does not  have experience or qualifications in                                                               
environmental   enforcement   against   polluters,   promulgating                                                               
environmental regulations, developing  government policy, working                                                               
within  government, or  working  within "neutral-type"  agencies.                                                               
She urged the committee to vote no on Mr. Brune's nomination.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:07:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE FULLER  pointed out current  reasonable regulations  are not                                                               
serving  to  improve  and  protect   natural  resources,  or  the                                                               
environment as indicated by the air  and soil adjacent to the Red                                                               
Dog  [mine] and  the water  at Hawk  Inlet.   She said,  "I don't                                                               
think  that predictability  of permits  needs to  mean approval."                                                               
She urged the  committee to inquire as to  Mr. Brune's [position]                                                               
on specific  regulations related  to issues  such as  cleaning up                                                               
firefighting foam.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:09:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSIE  JENKINS-BRITO  said she  is  a  lifelong Alaskan  and  her                                                               
family has  fished for four  generations in Bristol Bay  on drift                                                               
gillnet vessels.   Although this  hearing is not on  Pebble mine,                                                               
she  opined testimony  on  Pebble mine  is  relevant because  Mr.                                                               
Brune's appointment  is offensive  to the  75 percent  of Bristol                                                               
Bay  residents who  are opposed  to Pebble  mine.   She said  Mr.                                                               
Brune's aforementioned  motto, "Think Globally,  Develop Locally"                                                               
should mean  enhanced support to  the already vibrant  economy in                                                               
the  fisheries industry  and  to the  subsistence  culture.   Ms.                                                               
Jenkins-Brito said  she was  not antimining,  but mining  must be                                                               
managed by  someone with preservation  and conservation  in mind.                                                               
She  stressed  Mr. Brune  was  unsure  how  to clean  up  certain                                                               
pollutants   and  urged   the  committee   to  not   support  his                                                               
appointment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:10:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOLIE TULLY  expressed her strong opposition  to the confirmation                                                               
of  Mr. Brune  and observed  [government] leaders  should appoint                                                               
the  best  person  for  the  job  to  a  position  of  power  and                                                               
responsibility over  natural resources.   She opined  Mr. Brune's                                                               
appointment is a  cynical act of bad faith against  the spirit of                                                               
the position he would hold.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:11:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EVERETT THOMPSON  said he  is a  commercial fisherman  in Bristol                                                               
Bay and  a lifelong resident of  Naknek.  He urged  the committee                                                               
to  reject  Mr.  Brune's  nomination;   Mr.  Brune  has  publicly                                                               
supported the Pebble  mine and has indicated he  has already made                                                               
his decision about  permitting [the Pebble mine].   He opined Mr.                                                               
Brune  would unfairly  be in  the position  of permitting  Pebble                                                               
mine,  which is  a mine  that is  too much  of a  risk to  Alaska                                                               
fisheries and the fisheries industry.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:13:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN  HANSON spoke  in  opposition to  Mr. Brune  who  is not  a                                                               
steward  of the  sockeye salmon  fisheries in  Dillingham and  is                                                               
pro-Pebble mine.   She said  Mr. Brune  is past president  of the                                                               
[Alaska Mining  Association] and therefore  is not neutral.   She                                                               
opined the toxins  from the gold and copper  mine will eventually                                                               
seep  into  the headwaters  and  threaten  the sockeye  fisheries                                                               
there.  She urged the committee to oppose the nomination.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:14:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATE FINN reiterated  Mr. Brune's history has not  earned him the                                                               
right  to be  perceived as  neutral, as  the commissioner  of DEC                                                               
must be.   She recalled  pro-Pebble statements made by  Mr. Brune                                                               
under  varied circumstances.   Further,  DEC must  consider other                                                               
mines  without  a conflict  of  interest;  she characterized  Mr.                                                               
Brune as auditioning for a future job in the mining industry.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:15:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVE KAHN  said he is  a lifelong  Alaskan living in  Lake Clark                                                               
and  Homer and  is strongly  opposed to  the confirmation  of Mr.                                                               
Brune.    He  posited  a former  spokesperson  and  advocate  for                                                               
Greenpeace,  even if  qualified, would  not be  confirmed by  the                                                               
legislature; likewise, Mr. Brune should not be confirmed.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:16:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY RAINE said  she lives in the Bristol Bay  watershed where she                                                               
and  her partner  have owned  and operated  a commercial  fishing                                                               
vessel for decades.  Ms. Raine  opined Mr. Brune is not suited to                                                               
be commissioner of  DEC because of statements he  made related to                                                               
Pebble  mine.    Also,  Mr.  Brune  was  spokesperson  for  Anglo                                                               
American, a  former co-owner of  the [Pebble  project], executive                                                               
director  of the  Resource Development  Council, which  exists to                                                               
support  mines,  and   a  board  member  of   the  Alaska  Mining                                                               
Association.    When  considering  Mr. Brune's  advocacy  of  the                                                               
mining industry,  his appointment would undermine  the purpose of                                                               
DEC, which is to protect Alaska's water supply.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:17:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL FERRI grew  up in Kodiak and now lives  in Anchorage.  He                                                               
said he  has fished throughout  Alaska and fishes in  Bristol Bay                                                               
with his son.  He spoke  in support of Mr. Brune's appointment to                                                               
commissioner of DEC.   He has known Mr. Brune  for many years and                                                               
worked with him  at the Resource Development Council.   Mr. Brune                                                               
is  a passionate  father and  has a  passion for  Alaska and  its                                                               
resources.   Mr. Ferri said he  has fished in Bristol  Bay for 25                                                               
years and  those who are critical  have never met or  worked with                                                               
Mr. Brune.   He  stressed Mr. Brune  would never  show preference                                                               
for one  Alaska resource over another.    He urged  the committee                                                               
to advance Mr. Brune's confirmation.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:18:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SOMMERS COLE  said Mr. Brune  is unacceptable and  unqualified as                                                               
an appointee for the commissioner of  DEC because he is unable to                                                               
make  unbiased   decisions  related  to  permitting   major  mine                                                               
projects.   His work history  should preclude him from  this role                                                               
in  a department  tasked with  making decisions  on environmental                                                               
permits; Mr.  Brune has a clear  conflict of interest.   Mr. Cole                                                               
cautioned the  public does  not trust  its elected  officials; in                                                               
fact, confirmation of  Mr. Brune, who has  advanced the interests                                                               
of   foreign  mining   companies   and   lobbied  for   decreased                                                               
environmental protections,  would illustrate  who holds  power in                                                               
Alaska.   He  concluded  confirmation  of Mr.  Brune  would be  a                                                               
disservice to democracy and to  present and future generations of                                                               
Alaskans,  who  do not  believe  the  government works  for  them                                                               
because public  opinion has  no bearing on  the actions  of their                                                               
representatives, but  corporate spending does.   Mr. Cole advised                                                               
the system is corrupt.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:20:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JORDEN  NIGRO  said she  is  a  lifelong  Alaskan and  asked  the                                                               
committee  not to  confirm Mr.  Brune's  appointment because  his                                                               
background as  a mining industry  spokesman is in  clear conflict                                                               
with  the mission  of DEC,  which  is to  conserve, improve,  and                                                               
protect  Alaska's natural  resources and  environment.   Alaskans                                                               
deserve  a commissioner  who  is nonbiased  and  not beholden  to                                                               
private industry;  the appointment of  Mr. Brune is an  insult to                                                               
Alaskans by an administration that  lacks a vision for the state.                                                               
She opined the committee has  a vision that prioritizes the land,                                                               
considers future  generations, and understands the  importance of                                                               
its actions.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:22:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM GLASS  said he has been  a commercial fisherman for  31 years                                                               
and opposed the  confirmation of Mr. Brune because  of his record                                                               
advocating for mining and the Pebble mine.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:22:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  WILAHAN  said  although  she   respects  Mr.  Brune's  work                                                               
experience and  demeanor, DEC is a  "poor fit" for Mr.  Brune due                                                               
to  his  background,  prior   mining  affiliations,  conflict  of                                                               
interest, and uncompromising  support for Pebble mine.   She read                                                               
a quote  from Mr.  Brune, and  opined Mr.  Brune has  clearly and                                                               
repeatedly expressed his support for  the Pebble mine project and                                                               
questioned whether  he would consider  local concerns  related to                                                               
any development project.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:23:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEGHAN GERVAIS said she is a  commercial fisher who holds a drift                                                               
permit and  fishes in Bristol  Bay in the  summer.  On  behalf of                                                               
her children  and herself,  she expressed  her opposition  to the                                                               
appointment,  based  on  Mr. Brune's  long  history  working  for                                                               
mining interests, which is in conflict with his position at DEC.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:24:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SELIVAN BASARGIN  expressed his  opposition to Mr.  Brune because                                                               
of the  Pebble mine.   He noted in Canada  a mine dam  failed and                                                               
caused environmental  damage which  was not  cleaned up;  if that                                                               
happened [in  Bristol Bay] fish  would be poisoned, and  he would                                                               
not be able to fish.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:25:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TESS HOSTETTER  urged the  committee to  not advance  Mr. Brune's                                                               
nomination because  the commissioner of  DEC should be  rooted in                                                               
conservation; further,  the commissioner  should be  one Alaskans                                                               
can  trust  to protect  Alaska  and  not  bend  to the  needs  of                                                               
developers.   She opined Mr.  Brune will not act  impartially and                                                               
his work experiences are very  ill-placed for the commissioner of                                                               
DEC.  His  appointment is irresponsible and  inappropriate as his                                                               
interests seem  more focused on  development then  protecting and                                                               
conserving Alaska's land, resources, and water.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:27:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLAIRE SANCHEZ said  she did not support the  confirmation of Mr.                                                               
Brune because  the commissioner of  DEC is a  fair decision-maker                                                               
grounded  in  environmental  conservation; Mr.  Brune's  previous                                                               
work with  Anglo American mining  company proves otherwise.   She                                                               
related  the appointment  is disrespectful  to  Alaskans and  Mr.                                                               
Brune  is  not  appropriate  for  the  position,  which  requires                                                               
someone  with  experience  and   dedication  to  the  mission  of                                                               
conserving, improving, and  protecting Alaska's natural resources                                                               
and  environment to  enhance the  health,  safety, economic,  and                                                               
social wellbeing of Alaskans.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:28:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ARTHUR  BLOOM stated  his  agreement with  most  of the  previous                                                               
testimony and his opposition to the nomination of [Mr. Brune].                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:28:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK LISAC  said he has  lived in Alaska  for 36 years  and urged                                                               
the committee to oppose the confirmation  of Mr. Brune, who has a                                                               
conflict of  interest and  glossed over  his career  lobbying and                                                               
advocating for foreign mining companies.   Further, he served the                                                               
Resource  Development  Council -  which  exists  only to  promote                                                               
mines and dams - in direct  conflict with DEC that is responsible                                                               
for  reviewing   permit  applications  for  mines.     Mr.  Lisac                                                               
questioned  Mr. Brune's  claims and  testimony before  the Senate                                                               
Resources Standing Committee related to  his stance on the Pebble                                                               
project.   Mr.  Lisac reviewed  the responsibilities  of DEC  and                                                               
pointed out  Mr. Brune opposes the  basic mission of DEC  and has                                                               
spent  his career  advocating  for mines  over  the interests  of                                                               
Alaskans.  He cautioned against  creating more Superfund sites in                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:30:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIC   FEIGE,   former   member    of   the   Alaska   House   of                                                               
Representatives,  said  the committee's  task  is  to review  the                                                               
qualifications of the appointee and  determine whether he has the                                                               
leadership  talent,  managerial  skill, and  requisite  technical                                                               
knowledge to perform his duties.   Mr. Feige said his experience,                                                               
as a former  chair of the House Resources  Standing Committee, is                                                               
that Mr.  Brune represented  various organizations  with personal                                                               
integrity  and worked  to solve  issues.   Mr. Brune  has been  a                                                               
successful manager under difficult  circumstances and has a solid                                                               
academic background and early experience  in Prince William Sound                                                               
where he  saw the  effects of  the Exxon Valdez  oil spill.   Mr.                                                               
Feige related  Mr. Brune  has solid  experience dealing  with the                                                               
government, and  the public, in  various roles and has  brought a                                                               
perspective   to   DEC   that  will   balance   its   regulatory,                                                               
environmental,   and  customer   service  aspects   due  to   his                                                               
successful career.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:33:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KYLE  KNIGHT stated  his opposition  to the  confirmation of  Mr.                                                               
Brune  as   his  nomination  is  inappropriate,   unethical,  and                                                               
unacceptable.    The nomination  [of  Mr.  Brune] demonstrates  a                                                               
preference by the  administration for big business  and big money                                                               
over the interests of Alaskans.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:34:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA MCKINNEY  said her  daughter fishes  in Bristol  Bay every                                                               
summer and spoke  in opposition to the confirmation  of Mr. Brune                                                               
due  to  his  conflict  of  interest,  his  bias,  and  his  past                                                               
experience.   She recalled  in 2012, EPA  issued a  decision that                                                               
the  Pebble mine  proposal would  negatively  impact Bristol  Bay                                                               
salmon;  in 2014,  EPA proposed  to limit  mining within  Bristol                                                               
Bay;  in  2017, EPA  ignored  scientific  study and  overwhelming                                                               
public support and withdrew protections.   She strongly urged the                                                               
committee  to  not approve  the  confirmation  of Mr.  Brune  and                                                               
thereby prevent a tragic choice.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:35:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN HIMELBLOOM informed the committee  he is a 32-year resident                                                               
of  Kodiak Island  and expressed  his adamant  opposition to  Mr.                                                               
Brune's  nomination  because  he  not  qualified  and  lacks  the                                                               
knowledge  to protect  air and  water  quality and  environmental                                                               
health, as tasked  by the Division of  Environmental Health, DEC.                                                               
He suggested  Mr. Brune is  well-qualified to serve  the Division                                                               
of Mining, Land  and Water, Department of Natural  Resources.  He                                                               
cautioned  against  pitting  the renewable  resources  of  salmon                                                               
fisheries against mining.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:37:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NINA VIZCARRONDO  said she  is a  previous subsistence  chair for                                                               
the  Alaska Native  Sisterhood in  Sitka.   She cautioned  people                                                               
with monetary interests who have  power in government [positions]                                                               
cannot  speak  for  and   properly  defend  Alaska's  environment                                                               
because  there  is   an  obvious  conflict  of   interest.    Ms.                                                               
Vizcarrondo urged  the committee  to represent Alaskans  and fail                                                               
to appoint Mr. Brune.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:38:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VERNA KOLYAHA  said she was  born and  raised in [Pedro  Bay] and                                                               
opined  Mr. Brune  is wrong  for  the appointment  because he  is                                                               
jeopardizing her way of life and that of future generations.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:38:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE  ATCHUSON agreed  with  most of  the  previous speakers  and                                                               
urged  that the  committee not  support  the nominee  due to  his                                                               
obvious  conflict of  interest.   He  said Anglo  American has  a                                                               
disastrous  environmental track  record and  Mr. Brune  cannot be                                                               
objective; further, Mr. Brune's  appointment will deepen distrust                                                               
of government.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:39:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLE HANSEN  said he  is a  second-generation Bristol  Bay fisher                                                               
and his  livelihood is dependent upon  the sustainable management                                                               
of Alaska's natural  resources.  He opined Mr.  Brune has serious                                                               
conflicts of interest that prevent his  leadership of DEC:  he is                                                               
a former spokesman  for Anglo American and a board  member of the                                                               
Alaska  Miners Association.   Mr.  Hansen  said mining  lobbyists                                                               
should  not  be  trusted  to  make decisions  about  the  use  of                                                               
Alaska's  resources, especially  the permitting  process for  the                                                               
Pebble mine.   He cautioned  predictability in  regulations means                                                               
"... letting  miners and  resource extraction  do what  they will                                                               
...."   He  repeated  the  DEC mission  statement  and urged  the                                                               
committee to reject the confirmation of Mr. Brune.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:41:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDSEY BLOOM, Project Manager,  Commercial Fisherman for Bristol                                                               
Bay, informed  the committee  she is  a member  of a  Bristol Bay                                                               
fishing  family that  has fished  for several  generations.   She                                                               
said Commercial Fisherman for Bristol  Bay represents the largest                                                               
salmon  fleet in  Alaska  and  pointed out  in  2018 Bristol  Bay                                                               
represented   $1.5  billion   in   economic   activity  and   was                                                               
responsible for approximately  47 percent of the  value of salmon                                                               
in Alaska.  Ms. Bloom recalled  one of the first meetings related                                                               
to  the Pebble  project was  held  jointly by  the Department  of                                                               
Natural Resources,  DEC, the Alaska  Department of Fish  and Game                                                               
and  mine interests.   When  fisherman  brought forward  concerns                                                               
about the  [permitting process  for Pebble  mine] they  were told                                                               
not  to worry  because they  would  be protected  by the  state's                                                               
rigorous permitting process:  a  fair, science-based process that                                                               
one can trust.  She remarked:                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     To  me this  nomination, it  flies in  the face  of, of                                                                    
     that promise  and we  don't have  to look  further than                                                                    
     what's already  been said with Twitter  feeds and media                                                                    
     posts  about where  Jason Brune  stands  on the  Pebble                                                                    
     project,  it's   also  disturbing  that   [he]  clearly                                                                    
     harbors   some  distain   for  commercial   fishing  in                                                                    
     general, which  you can also  find in his  social media                                                                    
     feeds.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:44:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE SATRE said he is a  lifelong Alaskan who works in the mining                                                               
industry and who is speaking for  himself.  Mr. Satre said he has                                                               
known Mr. Brune for many years  as a man with passion for Alaska,                                                               
and its people, environment, and resources.   He is also a man of                                                               
honor  and integrity  with work  experience that  some view  as a                                                               
conflict;  however, all  commissioners  should have  educational,                                                               
work, and life experiences to  serve Alaskans while following the                                                               
law and process.   He advised Mr.  Brune is a man  of process who                                                               
will follow  the rule of law.   Mr. Satre urged  the committee to                                                               
support Mr. Brune's nomination.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:46:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CASEY JANZ said  she has been a resident of  Kodiak for 40 years.                                                               
She  expressed her  strong opposition  to the  nomination of  Mr.                                                               
Brune because  he has  demonstrated his  position on  Pebble mine                                                               
and  his  past  words  and  actions  demonstrate  a  conflict  of                                                               
interest  with  protecting  the   environment.    She  urged  the                                                               
committee to not advance his confirmation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:47:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLARK WITNEY  JR., on behalf  of his children and  himself, spoke                                                               
in strong opposition  to the nomination of Mr.  Brune.  Regarding                                                               
Mr. Brune's employment at Anglo  American, he said Anglo American                                                               
received profits from South Africa and slave labor.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:47:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELANIE BROWN  said she is  a lifelong Alaskan, a  Tribal citizen                                                               
of Naknek Native  village, and a Bristol Bay permit  holder.  She                                                               
acknowledged Mr.  Brune has  a very  substantial resume  that was                                                               
designed  for mining  proponents.   Further, she  opined the  low                                                               
ranking of  mine permitting in Alaska  as stated by Mr.  Brune is                                                               
because Alaskans do not grant  social license to projects such as                                                               
the proposed  Pebble mine.   As acting  commissioner of  DEC, Mr.                                                               
Brune has  not listened; in fact,  he has issued a  permit to the                                                               
Donlin  gold   mine  project  for   waste  management   that  has                                                               
demonstrated his  willingness to bend the  law, create loopholes,                                                               
and  redefine terms.   Ms.  Brown  urged Alaskans  to review  the                                                               
waste management permit issued by DEC.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:49:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WOODY CYR  said he  has a background  in ecology,  fisheries, and                                                               
soils  and is  vehemently  opposition to  the  nomination of  Mr.                                                               
Brune.    He  cautioned  in  20  years  the  effects  of  today's                                                               
decisions will  be seen  and he  urged the  committee to  use its                                                               
power to institute "checks and balances."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:51:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANCES BRANN  said she  has been an  Alaska resident  since 1975                                                               
and  cautioned  against  appointing  a commissioner  of  DEC  who                                                               
supports  the Pebble  Partnership  and large-scale  mining.   She                                                               
opined this  is not just an  Alaska problem:  tourists  come from                                                               
around the  world; poison in  the sockeye salmon are  sold around                                                               
the world  and other  animals and  humans who  eat the  fish will                                                               
carry the heavy  metal contamination around the globe.   She said                                                               
the economic  and environmental costs of  permitting the [Pebble]                                                               
mine are  too high  to risk;  Mr. Brune is  a champion  of large-                                                               
scale  mining,  is  not  neutral, and  should  not  be  appointed                                                               
commissioner of DEC.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:52:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHANDLER O'CONNELL said  she is a lifelong Alaskan and  part of a                                                               
fishing  family.   She expressed  her  belief Mr.  Brune has  not                                                               
earned  the trust  of Alaskans  and thus  she is  opposed to  his                                                               
confirmation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:52:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI  JO KENNEDY  acknowledged Mr.  Brune's fortitude;  however,                                                               
she said she could not support his confirmation.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:53:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEITH  COMSTOCK, President  and CEO  of Juneau  Hydropower/Juneau                                                               
District  Heating,  on behalf  of  the  Alaska Independent  Power                                                               
Producers Association read the following statement:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The  Alaska  Independent  Power  Producers  Association                                                                    
     goal  is to  encourage  and  promote independent  power                                                                    
     production in the State of  Alaska.  AIPPA respectfully                                                                    
     submits this letter of support  of Jason Brune to serve                                                                    
     as our  next commissioner  of the Alaska  Department of                                                                    
     Environmental Conservation.   Mr.  Brune has  a history                                                                    
     of supporting lower  cost, renewable energy development                                                                    
     in Alaska  and has  demonstrated his fact  and science-                                                                    
     based approach to regulation.  He has earned a well-                                                                       
     deserved  reputation in  his business  dealings and  is                                                                    
     open  and approachable  by those  who have  worked with                                                                    
     him that  include Native, environmental,  and nonprofit                                                                    
     interests.  He has served  on the Alaska Sealife Center                                                                    
     board, Cook  Inlet beluga whale endangered  species act                                                                    
     recovery   team,  etc.,   etc.     Mr.   Brune  has   a                                                                    
     demonstrated record ....                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:55:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE CANNON said he  is a fish biologist who lives  in Aniak.  He                                                               
is  a  20-year  Alaska  resident who  witnessed  the  decline  of                                                               
salmon, steelhead,  bull trout, Pacific lamprey  and other fishes                                                               
of the  Pacific Northwest.  The  decline was due to  many reasons                                                               
including  habitat alteration  and  hydropower dams.   In  Idaho,                                                               
mining played  a substantial role in  direct habitat modification                                                               
or  eradication, or  in  the degradation  of  water quality,  and                                                               
industry  fought all  regulations to  halt the  decline.   At all                                                               
levels, environmental  stressors are mounting; there  is no doubt                                                               
building the  Pebble mine would  have an impact on  the important                                                               
salmon fishery  in Bristol Bay.   Mr. Cannon concluded  Mr. Brune                                                               
has a strong conflict of interest and he opposed his nomination.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:56:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVE   SCHOONMAKER   spoke   in  opposition   to   Mr.   Brune's                                                               
confirmation due to his gross conflict of interest.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:57:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TRISTAN CHANEY opined  Mr. Brune is unfit for DEC  because of his                                                               
past views  on mining,  especially the  Pebble mine  in Southwest                                                               
Alaska.  The  best clean water from all over  Alaska deserves the                                                               
best [commissioner of DEC].                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:58:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM CLARK said he has been a  resident of Alaska for 50 years and                                                               
served  as transition  director  and chief  of  staff for  former                                                               
Governor Frank Murkowski.   In that position, he  helped select a                                                               
number  of commissioners,  and he  pointed out  one's involvement                                                               
with mining  does not equate  with being not qualified;  he noted                                                               
two prior  commissioners, Ernesta Ballard, whose  work experience                                                               
was heavily  involved in logging,  and Larry Harding, who  was an                                                               
attorney for  Red Dog mine,  proved to be  adequate commissioners                                                               
of DEC.   Mr. Clark  said Mr. Brune  has a background  in science                                                               
and a  lot of  experience in  various industries.   He  urged the                                                               
committee to look past the caricature  of Mr. Brune and also look                                                               
at the  experience of  a previous  appointee who  had represented                                                               
mining and has been a great commissioner.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:00:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDSAY  LAYLAND   expressed  her   opposition  to   Mr.  Brune's                                                               
confirmation  due   to  his  obvious  conflict   of  interest  in                                                               
reviewing mining permits and his  previous employment with mining                                                               
companies.   She urged the committee  to do its job  by listening                                                               
to  over 50  of the  55  Alaskans who  have testified  so far  in                                                               
opposition to Mr. Brune's confirmation.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:01:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CONSTANTINE JOHNSON, on  behalf of his family  and himself, spoke                                                               
in opposition to the confirmation  of Mr. Brune because Mr. Brune                                                               
would be  unable to provide  a fair  and neutral position  on the                                                               
Pebble  project, which  poses  a great  threat  to Mr.  Johnson's                                                               
region,  due  to Mr.  Brune's  previous  work experience  with  a                                                               
company supporting  the Pebble project.   Further, Mr.  Brune has                                                               
made recent  statements reconfirming his support  for development                                                               
at  Pebble.   Mr. Johnson  concluded Mr.  Brune would  not be  an                                                               
objective  commissioner and  urged the  committee to  not support                                                               
his confirmation.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:02:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONNA  RAE  FAULKNER  said  she   was  strongly  opposed  to  the                                                               
appointment of  Mr. Brune, which she  characterized as horrifying                                                               
and disrespectful.   She said she is an Alaskan  farmer who cares                                                               
about  food  security,  the  environment,  Alaska  cultures,  and                                                               
salmon.  She  acknowledged she is biased against  the Pebble mine                                                               
and  Mr.  Brune's  nomination   and  biased  toward  regenerative                                                               
farming, environmental  stewardship, and the health  of Alaskans.                                                               
She  pointed   out  eight  additional  witnesses   at  the  Homer                                                               
legislative information  office (LIO)  are waiting to  testify in                                                               
opposition.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:03:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISBETH JACKSON informed  the committee she is not  in support of                                                               
Mr. Brune for DEC commissioner.   She read the mission of DEC and                                                               
opined Mr. Brune  has an impressive resume that  does not include                                                               
the expertise,  attitude, or  experience to  adequately represent                                                               
the state through  DEC.  Mr. Brune's work experience  has been to                                                               
develop Alaska's  natural resources, and she  urged the committee                                                               
to not  confirm Mr.  Brune.  Ms.  Jackson questioned  whether the                                                               
testimony heard would have an impact on the committee's actions.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:05:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR explained  that public  testimony is  heard during                                                               
committee hearings  and the  fact the  committee forwards  a name                                                               
for  confirmation  does not  indicate  that  individuals will  be                                                               
supported by  members of the  committee.  She urged  witnesses to                                                               
continue to advocate for their  positions up to the joint session                                                               
of   the  legislature,   during  which   members  will   vote  on                                                               
confirmations.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:05:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SURAJ   HOLZWARTH,    Executive   Director,    Whirling   Rainbow                                                               
Foundation,  said she  is a  40-year resident  of Alaska  and was                                                               
speaking  on her  own behalf  and representing  Native Americans.                                                               
Ms.  Holzwarth  stated  Native   Americans  understand  that  the                                                               
preamble to the  U.S. Constitution identifies we,  the people, as                                                               
also the fish people, the rock  people, and the tree people.  She                                                               
expressed her  agreement with previous opposition  and questioned                                                               
veracity  and the  safety of  Alaska's fish,  wildlife, air,  and                                                               
water  quality.   Although Mr.  Brune is  qualified to  represent                                                               
mining companies; however, water keeps  people alive but is being                                                               
sold off  to the  industries of  oil and  gas and  mining without                                                               
consideration of the economy and  the amount of time necessary to                                                               
clean up poisoned  water.  Ms. Holzwarth  stressed the importance                                                               
of  protecting resources  for future  generations;  in fact,  the                                                               
commissioner of DEC should be a superhero for the environment.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:09:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR recessed  the House  Resources Standing  Committee                                                               
meeting to reconvene at 5:30 p.m.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:31:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  called  the House  Resources  Standing  Committee                                                               
meeting back to  order at 5:31 p.m.   Representatives Hannan, and                                                               
Tarr were  present at  the call back  to order.   Representatives                                                               
Rauscher and Spohnholz arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:32:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA  REILLY  stated  her strong  opposition  to  Mr.  Brune's                                                               
appointment  due  to his  conflict  of  interest, bias,  lack  of                                                               
qualifications,  and his  interest  in money,  power, and  mining                                                               
companies.  She said Red Dog mine  is a toxic waste pit and noted                                                               
she has  master's degrees in  marine science and  engineering and                                                               
opined mining is not  a good idea.  She said, "this  mine is in a                                                               
seismically active  [region] period"  and predicted Red  Dog mine                                                               
will fail.   She suggested if  the state is interested  in money,                                                               
it should keep the fishing  industry strong and increase tourism.                                                               
Ms.  Reilly   concluded  Mr.  Brune  does   not  demonstrate  the                                                               
qualifications of conservation,  preservation, and improvement of                                                               
natural resources.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:35:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER  FORBES  said she  is  strongly  opposed to  Mr.  Brune's                                                               
nomination and  asked whether the  committee can fail  to advance                                                               
Mr. Brune's name.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  advised  appointees   names  are  forwarded  from                                                               
committee  for  consideration  before  a  joint  session  of  the                                                               
legislature;   during  the   joint  session,   members  vote   on                                                               
confirmations.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. FORBES suggested there must be  a more neutral person for the                                                               
job.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:36:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:37:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVEN ALBERT  said he is retired  after 27 years as  a biologist                                                               
with ADFG;  he said  as part  of his work  he visited  the Pebble                                                               
site and  its surrounding  area and warned  about many  facets of                                                               
the project.   Mr. Albert opined  Mr. Brune is not  impartial and                                                               
has  no  professional experience  that  could  ensure the  public                                                               
Alaska's water quality, fish habitat,  and wildlife habitat would                                                               
be protected anywhere in the state.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:40:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANI LEE  expressed her appreciation  for Alaska's fish  and water                                                               
and said she  does not trust Mr. Brune to  protect them.  Thirty-                                                               
five years ago, she emigrated  from China where the government is                                                               
willing to  ruin the environment  in order to increase  the gross                                                               
domestic  product.   Alaskans should  preserve Alaska's  pristine                                                               
environment, and  Mr. Brune is  not sufficiently neutral  for the                                                               
job,   and  does   not  have   a   background  in   environmental                                                               
protections.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:42:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN ULERY said  she lives and works in King  Salmon where she                                                               
relies  on  Bristol Bay's  strong  salmon  runs.   She  said  she                                                               
opposes  the  nomination of  Mr.  Brune  because the  ecological,                                                               
economic,  and social  value of  Bristol  Bay's salmon  fisheries                                                               
demand the respect  and attention of a commissioner  who will not                                                               
put big  business first,  and who  is unbiased.   Ms.  Ulery said                                                               
there  is evidence  Mr. Brune  has a  clear bias  favoring Pebble                                                               
mine,  and his  confirmation would  be unethical,  inappropriate,                                                               
and irresponsible.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:43:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  HARRIS stated  Mr. Brune  has served  as a  board member  of                                                               
Alaska's  first  and  largest  Tribal  Conservation  District  in                                                               
Tyonek, that  has a mission  to conserve, enhance,  and encourage                                                               
the  wise  use  of  natural  resources.   He  related  the  Kenai                                                               
Peninsula has had  a documented reduction in  wildlife harvest, a                                                               
loss of  90 percent of  the renowned moose harvest  and formation                                                               
of the  Tribal Conservation District  will bring an  abundance of                                                               
wildlife  to the  area.   There  are now  23 Tribal  Conservation                                                               
Districts in Alaska and Mr. Brune  has been part of that movement                                                               
which  will bring  in millions  of dollars  of wildlife  resource                                                               
renewal funding without any requirement  of state matching funds.                                                               
Mr. Harris  encouraged those who don't  know Mr. Brune to  do so.                                                               
Mr. Brune also  worked in management at Cook  Inlet Region, Inc.,                                                               
in  charge of  relationships between  villages and  corporations.                                                               
Mr. Harris  said, "And in  no case  did he put  the environmental                                                               
health  of the  community  ahead  of profit  ...."    He said  he                                                               
supports Mr. Brune who is a  man of integrity and honesty and who                                                               
strives for fairness and equity in all tasks.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:45:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAMPER HART expressed her opposition to  Mr. Brune.  She said she                                                               
is a deckhand  in Bristol Bay and believes  someone supportive of                                                               
Pebble mine could harm her family and families like hers.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:45:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE ORTMAN said  he has been a fishing guide  since 1981 - now                                                               
retired.   He  said  he has  been to  Talarik  Creek and  Koktuli                                                               
River, which are  areas inappropriate for a gold mine  as are the                                                               
headwaters  of the  Kvichak and  Nushagak  rivers.   He said  Mr.                                                               
Brune is  the worst man  for the  job and legislators  should not                                                               
consider his appointment.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:46:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBRA  LATHROP spoke  in opposition  to the  confirmation of  Mr.                                                               
Brune because  he has neither  the background or  the inclination                                                               
to protect and  preserve Alaska's waterways, as  evidenced by his                                                               
nonsupport  of  the Ocean  Ranger  program,  [Division of  Water,                                                               
DEC],  and  his   background  as  a  lobbyist   for  Pebble  mine                                                               
interests.     She  suggested  there   are  better   choices  for                                                               
commissioner.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:47:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIZ  RANGEL testified  in opposition  to Mr.  Brune's appointment                                                               
because of  his history as  spokesman for Anglo American  and the                                                               
Pebble mine project.  There is  no evidence he can remain neutral                                                               
in his  decision-making or that  he can protect and  conserve the                                                               
environment  in Bristol  Bay and  elsewhere in  Alaska; in  fact,                                                               
Alaskans prefer  a DEC  commissioner who  works in  Alaska's best                                                               
interest and not that of mining companies.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:48:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALYSSA  QUINTYNE testified  in opposition  to the  appointment of                                                               
Mr.  Brune and  directed  attention  to her  previously-submitted                                                               
written  testimony.   She said  Mr. Brune  is pro-extractive  and                                                               
pro-fossil fuel  and listed his  activities with RDC,  the Alaska                                                               
Miners Association,  and as  a Pebble mine  spokesman.   She said                                                               
DEC needs a  commissioner who will advocate for  Alaskans and for                                                               
villages,  and  provide  competent  guidance on  projects.    She                                                               
recalled testimony by Mr. Brune  did not reveal his true position                                                               
on  extractive  projects, in  the  case  of  a violation,  in  an                                                               
emergency,  or how  he  would  report to  the  legislature.   Ms.                                                               
Quintyne acknowledged  others have said Mr.  Brune has integrity,                                                               
but she has not seen a history of expertise and neutrality.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:51:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT HOCKEMA said  he is a student at the  University of Alaska                                                               
Anchorage and strongly  opposes Mr. Brune's nomination.   He read                                                               
the  DEC  mission  statement  and   opined  an  appointee's  work                                                               
experience  should  be indicative  of  an  ability to  serve  the                                                               
purpose of a  department, not to undermine its  capacity to serve                                                               
the public.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:52:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD HERRAN  said he is  a registered  nurse who has  lived in                                                               
Alaska for  39 years.   He said he  and members of  his household                                                               
fish  and preserve  fish to  consume  for health  benefits.   The                                                               
Pebble mine  project represents a potentially  significant danger                                                               
to the natural environment,  spawning salmon, freshwater animals,                                                               
and organisms.   Developments  such as  the Pebble  mine proposal                                                               
fail  and destroy  living organisms  and biomes.   Mr.  Brune has                                                               
been a proponent  of damming the Susitna River,  which would lead                                                               
to a  tremendous loss  of habitat; the  mining industry  does not                                                               
care about  fish, clean water,  or clean  air, and Mr.  Brune has                                                               
worked for the  mining industry.  Mr. Herran  equated Mr. Brune's                                                               
confirmation  to  that  of  DEC not  caring  about  these  issues                                                               
either.   He  urged  for  the legislature  to  decide whether  it                                                               
represents Alaskan citizens and voters or industrial entities.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:54:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADAM  WEBER  said  he is  a  pilot  who  sees  that fish  are  an                                                               
important resource  to the communities  in rural areas  of Alaska                                                               
and especially  Southwest Alaska.   Mr.  Brune's nomination  is a                                                               
threat to  an ecosystem and Pebble  mine is a mistake  that could                                                               
not be  undone.   Confirmation of  Mr. Brune would  be a  blow to                                                               
Alaskans  and  a  betrayal  of  Alaska by  its  government.    He                                                               
disagreed  with  the  spurious  argument  that  the  Tyonek  area                                                               
represents  Mr.  Brune's success  and  observed  there is  little                                                               
commercial  hunting and  fishing traffic  on that  side of  [Cook                                                               
Inlet].  He urged the committee not to confirm Mr. Brune.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:55:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NIKOS PASTOS  said he is  a lifelong  Alaskan whose father  was a                                                               
hunting guide.   He is an environmental  sociologist and referred                                                               
to previously submitted  comments that were written  on behalf of                                                               
Alaska's  Big  Village  Network,  a voluntary  association.    He                                                               
addressed the major social impacts  to the Great Land:  cultural,                                                               
economic,  and spiritual.   He  cautioned  natural resources  are                                                               
being robbed away  from the people at the expense  of the state's                                                               
rich  cultures  and ecosystems.    All  members of  Alaska's  Big                                                               
Village Network  oppose Mr. Brune's  appointment and  even though                                                               
he may be a  decent person, he was paid by  industry to develop a                                                               
project harmful  to Alaska.   Furthermore, there is  the question                                                               
of  how development  projects  such as  the  Pebble mine,  Donlin                                                               
Gold, and  the natural  gas pipeline to  Crooked Creek  "build on                                                               
each  other  and the,  and  the  aggregate impact  to  community,                                                               
culture,  the  economy,  the  air   -  you  know  -  the  natural                                                               
environment are just way too costly."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:58:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  BRONSON  spoke in  opposition  to  the appointment  of  Mr.                                                               
Brune.   He said for  20 years he worked  in the oil  industry in                                                               
Alaska and  is familiar with  its operations and  the regulations                                                               
implemented by  DEC; further, he  has run and floated  rivers all                                                               
over Alaska and  eats plenty of salmon.  Mr.  Bronson pointed out                                                               
the  legislature  has an  opportunity  to  "step away"  from  the                                                               
appointment of  Mr. Brune  because he  is the  wrong man  for the                                                               
wrong job.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:59:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CODY JACOBSON  stated his opposition to  Mr. Brune's appointment.                                                               
He  said Mr.  Brune's track  record and  prior work  history have                                                               
documented that he cannot be  impartial.  The commissioner of DEC                                                               
is  an extremely  important position  suited to  one who  has the                                                               
right  work history  without political  influence.   Mr. Jacobson                                                               
said his extensive  experience in the Bristol Bay  area leads him                                                               
to  believe  some  areas  are  too sacred  and  important  to  be                                                               
developed;  however,   Mr.  Brune   has  shown  that   he  favors                                                               
development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:00:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIZ  DEAM  said she  is  a  lifelong  Alaskan and  expressed  her                                                               
opposition  to Mr.  Brune's appointment.   She  said as  a Pebble                                                               
mine spokesman,   Mr. Brune has  a conflict of interest.   Pebble                                                               
mine  is  not  a  project   that  promotes  conservation  of  the                                                               
environment  nor preservation  of Alaska's  resources, but  seeks                                                               
profit  for its  Outside  developers.   Further,  she opined  Mr.                                                               
Brune is not  an impartial appointee because his  interest may be                                                               
for  profit and  personal  interest.   His  appointment would  be                                                               
unethical, biased, and irresponsible, and  would do a disserve to                                                               
the state and its pristine resources.   Ms. Deam said a watershed                                                               
cannot be rebuilt and unprecedented damage cannot be undone.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:02:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA MCDONNEL  said she grew  up in the Bristol  Bay watershed                                                               
where she  and her husband  own and operate a  commercial fishing                                                               
operation.    She stressed  appointing  Mr.  Brune is  in  direct                                                               
conflict  with  the  position  of  power  he  would  hold.    She                                                               
questioned  Mr. Brune's  statement that  he has  not made  up his                                                               
mind  about "Pebble."   Alaskans  deserve an  unbiased permitting                                                               
process for projects  such as Pebble, and the  committee can deny                                                               
Mr.  Brune his  goal of  fast-tracking permits  for Pebble  mine.                                                               
Ms. McDonnell said DEC is in  charge to enhance the health safety                                                               
and welfare of Alaskans; Mr. Brune is unfit for this position.                                                                
                                                                                                                              
6:03:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE DAWSON informed the committee  Homer has many fisheries and                                                               
a  lot of  tourism  activities and  expressed  her surprise  [the                                                               
state]  is   still  thinking  about  [permitting]   Pebble  mine.                                                               
Therefore, Mr. Brune should not  be [commissioner of DEC] because                                                               
he was a spokesman for Pebble mine  and will not be neutral.  Ms.                                                               
Dawson  opined Pebble  mine will  destroy the  environment for  a                                                               
long time  and it doesn't make  sense to give profits  to a major                                                               
corporation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:04:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EDWARD MCDONNEL  said he has  been a commercial fisherman  for 20                                                               
years; he cautioned much time is  needed to see the importance of                                                               
resources to  maintain the delicate  balance of life  existing in                                                               
Bristol Bay  and elsewhere, and  how important the  resources are                                                               
to Native people, their culture,  spirit, and education.  He read                                                               
the mission of  DEC and acknowledged Mr. Brune  has an impressive                                                               
resume, but  his interest is  limited to the economic  portion of                                                               
the DEC mission as evidenced by  his desire to be commissioner of                                                               
the department that approves water  and air quality permits.  Mr.                                                               
McDonnel urged  the committee to  remember the other  elements of                                                               
DEC's mission  - conservation  and the  protection of  the health                                                               
and safety and  social wellbeing of Alaskans - and  to vote no on                                                               
Mr. Brune.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:06:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEONARD YUKMIS  said for 53  years he  has hunted and  fished the                                                               
hills and streams  of the Bristol Bay area.   He said Mr. Brune's                                                               
resume is  "laughable" and that he  did not want Mr.  Brune to be                                                               
DEC commissioner.   He  related he is  a moderate  Republican and                                                               
will provide additional written testimony.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:07:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
IDA NELSON  said she  lives in  Igiugig, 40  miles away  from the                                                               
proposed  Pebble mine,  and is  testifying in  opposition to  Mr.                                                               
Brune's appointment.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:08:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK  NIVER, President,  Commercial  Fishermen  for Bristol  Bay,                                                               
informed the committee the 1,400  members of his organization are                                                               
opposed to  the appointment  of Mr. Brune  because Mr.  Brune has                                                               
stated  in public  media that  he has  no doubt  Pebble mine  can                                                               
coexist with the  Bristol Bay watershed.  He  urged the committee                                                               
not to  advance the appointment  and to  listen to the  amount of                                                               
opposition to the Pebble mine.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:09:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRYCE  NIVER  said  he  is  a lifelong  resident  and  urged  the                                                               
committee to  not advance Mr.  Brune's [confirmation] due  to Mr.                                                               
Brune's obvious bias.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:10:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DANIEL SONDERGAARD said  he was from Minneapolis  and is strongly                                                               
opposed  to Mr.  Brune's appointment.   In  response to  Co-Chair                                                               
Tarr, he explained he spends his summer fishing in Alaska.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:11:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN AMUNDSON said  she is a consultant to  organizations in the                                                               
workplace and is  opposed to the confirmation of Mr.  Brune.  She                                                               
agreed  with others  that Mr.  Brune has  a conflict  of interest                                                               
related to  permitting the  proposed Pebble  mine because  of his                                                               
positions  with  the Alaska  Miners  Association  and the  Pebble                                                               
mine, which are perceived and  direct conflicts of interest.  Ms.                                                               
Amundson concluded  Mr. Brune would  be biased,  his confirmation                                                               
would be  unethical, and  it would  be hard  for him  to consider                                                               
what is best for Alaska, its people, and its resources.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:13:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CASEY COUPCHIAK said she is  from Togiak, a small coastal village                                                               
on the edge of Bristol Bay  which is very beautiful and where her                                                               
family  has fished  for  centuries  and relied  on  the land  for                                                               
sustenance.  It is a place  where wildlife and salmon have fueled                                                               
their bodies every  year.  Her family's roots go  very deep there                                                               
and  Pebble  mine  would  destroy  it all.    She  expressed  her                                                               
opposition to Mr. Brune's confirmation.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:14:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA TEMPLE said  she is a lifelong Alaskan and  a Bristol Bay                                                               
fisherman who  opposes the  appointment of Mr.  Brune.   She said                                                               
Mr. Brune  presents a  conflict of interest  with the  purpose of                                                               
DEC, and  she read from the  DEC mission statement.   Mr. Brune's                                                               
work history includes  lobbying for the proposed  Pebble mine and                                                               
she described aspects  of the open pit mine project.   She opined                                                               
Mr.  Brune's work  history prevents  him from  being neutral  and                                                               
impartial when reviewing mine permits.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:15:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET ANDERSON urged the committee  to oppose the confirmation                                                               
of Mr.  Brune because his obvious  bias is a danger  to the heart                                                               
of Alaska.  [Due to  technical difficulties further testimony was                                                               
indecipherable.]                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:17:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATE  CRUMP  said  her Bristol  Bay  business,  Forget  Adventure                                                               
Travel, is  a sport  fishing outfitter  that employs  four people                                                               
and brings over  one hundred tourists to the  region each season.                                                               
She testified  in strong opposition  to Mr.  Brune's confirmation                                                               
as he has a conflict of  interest based upon his past affiliation                                                               
with the Pebble  Partnership and the mining industry.   Ms. Crump                                                               
said Mr.  Brune cannot be  impartial in making  decisions related                                                               
to  Pebble  mine  as  evidenced by  his  public  statements;  his                                                               
appointment  would  be  unethical.     She  advised  the  federal                                                               
permitting  process  has  not  been   fair  or  transparent  thus                                                               
Alaskans cannot trust  the process to Mr. Brune.   Ms. Crump said                                                               
her business  experience in Oregon  made her aware of  the danger                                                               
of trading the  natural resource of salmon  for industries' gain;                                                               
Bristol Bay is the last wild salmon fishery left in the world.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:19:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERTHA PAEIAN-LOCKUK said she has  served the Traditional Council                                                               
of  Togiak, the  United Tribes  of Bristol  Bay, the  Bristol Bay                                                               
Native Corporation,  and Southwest Region  School District.    On                                                               
behalf of  her community  of Togiak,  she informed  the committee                                                               
her  community  is not  in  support  of Mr.  Brune's  appointment                                                               
because the residents  live there year around and  if their needs                                                               
are not met, they will not go  to someone else's yard and dig for                                                               
income.   She  said  the  major economy  in  Togiak  is based  on                                                               
commercial  fishing and  has  been  for a  long  time; even  when                                                               
salmon  prices fluctuate  residents remain  in the  community and                                                               
some rely on  salmon for their subsistence  lifestyle.  Community                                                               
leaders  must serve  their communities,  regions, and  the state,                                                               
and in the best interest of  the village, she urged the committee                                                               
to carry on their voices  opposing Mr. Brune's [confirmation] and                                                               
development  of  the  Pebble mine  project.    Ms.  Paeian-Lockuk                                                               
stated the  people in her  village pay their taxes  and expressed                                                               
her belief it is the committee's duty to listen to their voices.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:23:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN CARPENTER said she opposes  the confirmation of Mr. Brune                                                               
on behalf of  herself and the Copper River  Watershed Project, an                                                               
entity that  is a past  grantee for  DEC "section 319"  funds and                                                               
which has  worked with DEC  to mitigate stormwater  pollution and                                                               
on  other issues.    She  stated her  concern  about Mr.  Brune's                                                               
ability  to implement  DEC's mission  related  to Alaska's  water                                                               
quality,  pollutant  discharges,  and oil  spill  prevention  and                                                               
response,  because  his  past  work   history  does  not  reflect                                                               
experience in these matters.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:25:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARL  WASSILIE expressed  his strong  opposition  to Mr.  Brune's                                                               
confirmation.   Mr. Brune  has advocated  for the  destruction of                                                               
Alaska's subsistence resources by  allowing development, and that                                                               
is  a concern  to Mr.  Wassilie and  others.   [Due to  technical                                                               
difficulties  portions  of  the testimony  were  indecipherable.]                                                               
Mr.  Wassilie urged  the  committee to  recognize  the threat  of                                                               
resource  extraction   over  the  basic  benefits   that  provide                                                               
Alaskans  with  nutritional,  physical, spiritual,  and  cultural                                                               
protections of natural resources that are renewable.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:28:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL  FORD said  she lives  in Homer  and Nikiski.   She  opined                                                               
although Mr. Brune seeks to be  commissioner of DEC, he has shown                                                               
himself  to  be  against   conserving  Alaska's  environment  and                                                               
prefers short-term monetary  gain; in fact, to  balance debate on                                                               
Alaska's future  natural abundance, the commissioner  of DEC must                                                               
be  a strong  voice for  environmental conservation,  reason, and                                                               
for  guiding  the  protection  of  the  balance  of  the  natural                                                               
resources.   Ms. Ford  questioned how many  voices are  needed to                                                               
bring understanding  that this appointment and  some projects are                                                               
abominations.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:30:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WALLACE MILLS  said he has  been an  Alaska resident for  over 40                                                               
years  and  is a  retired  lawyer,  pilot, and  active  Episcopal                                                               
priest.  He  expressed his belief Mr. Brune "is  the wrong person                                                               
and the wrong project, both" and  said he is in opposition to the                                                               
appointment of Mr. Brune.  Mr.  Mills agreed with others who have                                                               
said Mr. Brune has an  "unconscionable" conflict of interest.  He                                                               
referred to  an EPA assessment of  impacts of the Pebble  mine on                                                               
water  and air  quality in  the  Bristol Bay  watershed that  was                                                               
based on " good science";  in addition, the project is disruptive                                                               
to Homer  and Kodiak  because of  the infrastructure  required in                                                               
[Kachemak] Bay  and Lake  Iliamna and an  affront to  Bristol Bay                                                               
and  its renewable  resources.   He  urged the  committee to  not                                                               
confirm Mr. Brune.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:32:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TYLER CASKEY said  he has been a sportfishing guide  for 12 years                                                               
on the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak  Island, the Kenai Peninsula, and                                                               
the Nushagak River  drainage and watershed.  He said  he owns and                                                               
operates a business in Ekwok and  is speaking for himself and his                                                               
company.  Mr. Caskey  said he is opposed to Mr.  Brune and to the                                                               
Pebble mine [because] he hoped  his grandchildren in the next 30-                                                               
60 years will  have same opportunity that he has,  [but] that may                                                               
not happen  with the mine.   Mr. Caskey  said he has  listened to                                                               
others and  waited two hours  to give his testimony  opposing Mr.                                                               
Brune and the Pebble mine.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:35:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GORDY  VERNON spoke  in opposition  to Mr.  Brune's confirmation.                                                               
He said he holds stock in  five iron ore mining companies, two of                                                               
which have suffered  tailings dam failure - a  40 percent failure                                                               
rate in one  month.  The proposed tailings dam  at Pebble mine is                                                               
seven hundred  feet tall, which would  be one of the  ten tallest                                                               
dams in  the world.   Mr. Vernon said the  dam is to  keep ponded                                                               
water in  perpetuity, and  he questioned who  would keep  the dam                                                               
from  leaking, because  tailings dams  leak.   He said  he shares                                                               
responsibility for two dam failures -  and for deaths caused by a                                                               
dam  failure  - and  he  is  worried  about insidious  leaks  and                                                               
leaching  from the  dam  that  would be  genocide  for the  Yupik                                                               
people and their way of life.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:37:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR,  after  ascertaining  no one  further  wished  to                                                               
testify,  closed public  testimony.   The  confirmation of  Jason                                                               
Brune  was   held  in  committee  for   possible  further  public                                                               
testimony and the committee's consideration.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:39:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Resources  Standing Committee  meeting  was  adjourned at  [6:39]                                                               
p.m.                                                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Brune Supporting Document - AMA Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - DeWitt Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Hughes Letter of Support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Nolan Letter of Opposition 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Ruckhaus Letter of Support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Spickler Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Clark Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - MacKinnon Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Bronnee Letter of Opposition 3.13.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Person Letter of Opposition 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Person Letter Of Opposition2 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - O'Meara Letter of Opposittion 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Tangen Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Cincotta Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - McConnochie Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Hahn Letter of Opposition 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document -McCard Letter of Opposition 3.13.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Lyon Letter of Opposition 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Kreig Letter of Support 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Satre Letter of Support 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Loeffler Letter of Support 03.10.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Lamborn Letter of Support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Pool Letter of Support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Stevens Letter of Support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Beischer Letter of Support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Glavinovich Letter of Support 3.13.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Allen Letter of Opposition 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Resume.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Westward Seafoods Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - UniSea Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Ninilchik Village Letter of Support 3.1.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document -Tyonek Native Corporation Letter of Support 3.13.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Jason Brune Resume.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
HRES 3/25/2019 6:30:00 PM
HRES 4/1/2019 6:30:00 PM
Brune
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Severson Letter of Opposition 03.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Carroll Letter of Opposition 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Dyke Letter of Opposition 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Schmidt Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Retherford Letter of Support 03.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Ward Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - CAP Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Zinno Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Mohr Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Quintyne Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Cure Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Klug Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Lewandowski Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Nelson Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Hawley Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Stats Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Shively Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Hussen Letter of Opposition 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Matthias Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Solie Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Panzarella Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Jesperson Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Niemi Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Woodby Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Kato Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Docoment - Birch Letter of Support 3.14.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commisioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Adolfae Letter of Opposition 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Atwood Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Brakel Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Brunetti Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brunhe
Brune Supporting Document - Burrows Letter of Oppostion 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Grey Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Griffitts Letter of Opposition 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commisioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Heck letter of opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Hughes letter in support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Jeffress Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Kreig Letter of Support 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Lamb Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Lamborn Letter of Support 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - McCard Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Meyn Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Mjos Letter of Opposition 3.12.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Mohr Letter of Support 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Retherford Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Rundquest Letter of Oppostion 3.9.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Sayler Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Smith Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Warnock Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Woodby Letter of Opposition 3.15.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune
Brune Suppporting Document - Beischer Letter in Opposition 3.8.19.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
Commissioner Brune