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03/25/2019 06:30 PM RESOURCES

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06:33:30 PM Start
06:33:35 PM Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner
08:21:38 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Commissioner Designee Jason Brune, Dept. of
Environmental Conservation
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 25, 2019                                                                                         
                           6:33 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative John Lincoln, Co-Chair                                                                                           
Representative Geran Tarr, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Sara Hannan                                                                                                      
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
Representative Sara Rasmussen                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Grier Hopkins, Vice Chair                                                                                        
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Jason Brune - Anchorage                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CARL PORTMAN                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support during the                                                                          
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SYLVIA PANZARELLA                                                                                                               
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.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MAUREEN KNUTSEN                                                                                                                 
Naknek, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SUE GOODGLICK                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TOBIAS SCHWOERER                                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JOE BENUCCI                                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DIANNA GARFIELD                                                                                                                 
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DALE BANKS                                                                                                                      
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SUE CHRISTIANSEN                                                                                                                
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DEANTHA CROCKETT                                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Speaking  on her  own behalf,  testified in                                                             
support during the confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
BILL JEFFRIES                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MIKE LITZOW                                                                                                                     
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN DOCHTERMANN                                                                                                               
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HARRY MOORE                                                                                                                     
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KATIE GAVENUS                                                                                                                   
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SHERYL WASSILLIE                                                                                                                
Igiugig, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KYLE WILLINGHAM                                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ERIC FJELSTAD                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA HEUER                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KAYE HOLOWATCH                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTY FRY                                                                                                                     
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA JOHNSTON                                                                                                                 
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DAVID SAM                                                                                                                       
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALISHA SIRRA                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TIMOTHY GERVAIS                                                                                                                 
Ruby, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KONRAD SHAAD                                                                                                                    
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARK BEAUDIN                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
WESTON MCKENZIE                                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER TAYLOR                                                                                                                 
No city provided, British Columbia                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ERIC BEEMAN                                                                                                                     
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
IAN BLAKE                                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN NICHOLS                                                                                                                 
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ELLEN VANDEVISSE                                                                                                                
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PAUL GLAVINOVICH                                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LACI MICHAUD, Projects Manager                                                                                                  
Alaska Miners Association                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Testified  in   support   during   the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
RENE LIMERE                                                                                                                     
Alaska Range, Alaska                                                                                                            
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CATHY JOHNSON                                                                                                                   
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MYRA SCHOLZE                                                                                                                    
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
GRIFFIN PLUSH                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KIRSA HUGHES-SKENDIJS                                                                                                           
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ROCHELLE HARRISON                                                                                                               
Bristol Bay, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COLE DEAL                                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
TYLER HENEGAN                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JAMES SELVOG                                                                                                                    
Soldotna/Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                         
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SHERYL BAECHLER                                                                                                                 
Homer, 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.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SUE SPRINKLE                                                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JOE MACKENZIE                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ERICA MADISON                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN BURKE                                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KRYSTA WATTERS                                                                                                                  
Naknek, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LAURA WRIGHT                                                                                                                    
Talkeetna, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
NOELLE CARBONE                                                                                                                  
Talkeetna, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CRAWFORD PARR                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA GOOZEN                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JONATHON HOYSOCK                                                                                                                
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania                                                                                                        
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BERNIE HOFFMAN                                                                                                                  
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT BARTLETT                                                                                                                  
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PAM MILLER, Executive Director                                                                                                  
Alaska Community Action on Toxics                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified   in  opposition   during  the                                                             
confirmation hearing of Jason Brune.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:33:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  GERAN   TARR  called   the  House   Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at  6:33 p.m.   Representatives Tuck,                                                               
Hannan, Talerico,  Spohnholz, Rasmussen,  Lincoln, and  Tarr were                                                               
present at the call to order.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                  
     Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:33:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR announced  the  only order  of  business would  be                                                               
public testimony on the confirmation  hearing of the commissioner                                                               
designee to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:36:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARL PORTMAN said he was  speaking in support of the confirmation                                                               
of Mr. Brune  to the [position of] commissioner of  DEC.  He said                                                               
he has known Mr.  Brune for 20 years and has  high regard for his                                                               
honesty, intelligence, integrity, fairness,  and competence.  Mr.                                                               
Brune is  passionate about  Alaska and  performs with  energy and                                                               
fairness, therefore, he is an  excellent choice for commissioner.                                                               
Mr. Brune  will follow the law  and due process will  serve as an                                                               
impartial  commissioner   to  carry   out  the  mission   of  the                                                               
department.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:38:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SYLVIA  PANZARELLA said  she  was speaking  for  herself and  her                                                               
husband and they  have lived in Alaska for almost  20 years.  She                                                               
spoke in opposition to the  appointment of Mr. Brune, noting that                                                               
his  previous position  as  a spokesperson  for  Pebble mine  and                                                               
other  activities   should  disqualify   him.     Ms.  Panzarella                                                               
cautioned there could be lawsuits  due to Mr. Brune's conflict of                                                               
interest.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:39:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN  ULERY said  she was  representing herself  and fish  and                                                               
wildlife.    She  said  she  is a  resident  of  Bristol  Bay,  a                                                               
subsistence fisher,  and a  public lands  employee, all  of which                                                               
rely on clean  water and strong salmon runs.   Ms. Ulery spoke in                                                               
opposition  to  the  appointment  of Mr.  Brune  because  he  has                                                               
expressed  bias  in favor  of  Pebble  mine; his  appointment  is                                                               
unethical  and  would  undermine  Bristol  Bay's  opportunity  to                                                               
remain unspoiled  and the world's  strongest wild  sockeye salmon                                                               
run.   In addition, his  appointment reaffirms concerns  that the                                                               
corporate price  tag on the  state's resources is  more important                                                               
to  state  government  than the  conservation  of  resources  for                                                               
future generations.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:41:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MAUREEN  KNUTSEN   said  she   a  resident   of  Naknek   and  is                                                               
representing herself  and her husband.   She said salmon  are the                                                               
most  important  thing  in  Bristol   Bay  and  spoke  in  strong                                                               
opposition  to  the  appointment  of Mr.  Brune  because  of  his                                                               
conflict of  interest based on  his affiliation with  Pebble mine                                                               
and Anglo American.  She opined his appointment is unethical.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:43:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUE GOODGLICK expressed her opposition  to the appointment of Mr.                                                               
Brune.  She  gave an example of Mr. Brune's  stated effort to get                                                               
rid of  the Ocean Rangers  program which was  implemented because                                                               
cruise ships were found dumping  pollutants in the Inside Passage                                                               
and elsewhere.   The program was formed by  ballot initiative and                                                               
is self-supported  by cruise ship fees  at no cost to  the state.                                                               
Ms. Goodglick opined Mr. Brune's  statement showed a bias towards                                                               
industry and shortsightedness.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:44:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOBIAS SCHWOERER  said he  has been a  resident of  Anchorage for                                                               
over 20 years and strongly  opposes the appointment of Mr. Brune.                                                               
He urged the committee to consider  there has been a huge erosion                                                               
of   trust   in  the   government   of   Alaska  with   the   new                                                               
administration.   Mr. Brune's  bias and  conflict of  interest is                                                               
proven  by his  one-sided debate  related to  state environmental                                                               
regulations.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:45:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE  BENUCCI  said he  is  a  resident  of Anchorage,  a  father,                                                               
husband, and  24-year military veteran.   He spoke  in opposition                                                               
to  the appointment  of Mr.  Brune because  his appointment  will                                                               
result in  the regulatory  capture of DEC,  a department  that is                                                               
supposed to  protect the  state and its  people, air,  water, and                                                               
land.   Mr. Brune  has expressed  support of  resource extraction                                                               
projects  such as  Pebble, the  Arctic National  Wildlife Refuge,                                                               
Donlin, and  Chuitna, and he  has little  to no public  record in                                                               
support  of  any  environmental   issues.    Mr.  Benucci  opined                                                               
degradation  of   the  sport   fishing  industry   and  increased                                                               
restrictions on Alaskans are indicative  of the impacts of change                                                               
in  the environment.   Mr.  Brune  would be  less restrictive  on                                                               
industry.   He  urged the  committee to  invoke the  will of  the                                                               
people.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:48:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIANNA GARFIELD said she is  a resident of Ketchikan, active duty                                                               
military, and  a salmon fisherman,  and is speaking on  behalf of                                                               
her  family.     She  said  she   supports  protecting  renewable                                                               
resources and  effective salmon management in  Alaska; she opined                                                               
Mr. Brune's appointment does not  support sustainable salmon runs                                                               
for the  future.  Mr. Brune's  conflict of interest is  clear and                                                               
documented  and she  questioned  whether he  stands  to gain  any                                                               
personal  financial  benefits  from  Pebble mine.    She  said  a                                                               
commissioner  must  take  a  holistic view  of  all  of  Alaska's                                                               
resources and manage them for future generations.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:49:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALE BANKS said he  is a small business owner in  Homer.  He read                                                               
the  DEC mission  statement.   He  stated Mr.  Brune's resume  is                                                               
silent on  what DEC is supposed  to be doing, such  as protecting                                                               
the  environment, protecting  air quality,  spill prevention  and                                                               
response,  protecting  and  assessing water  quality,  protecting                                                               
safe drinking  water, food safety,  sanitation, and  solid waste.                                                               
Mr. Brune's  experience is solely  with resource  extraction, and                                                               
the  resource industry  is  pleased with  his  appointment.   Mr.                                                               
Brune  is  a  poorly  qualified   candidate,  and  he  urged  the                                                               
committee to request the nomination of a qualified candidate.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:52:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUE CHRISTIANSEN said  she has been a resident for  over 40 years                                                               
and expressed opposition  to the appointment of Mr. Brune.   As a                                                               
former advocate  for Pebble  mine, he is  not impartial,  and the                                                               
commissioner  of DEC  is tasked  with conserving,  improving, and                                                               
protecting  Alaska's  natural  resources and  environment.    Mr.                                                               
Brune seeks to  advance a project that could  destroy the world's                                                               
largest remaining  salmon run, which has  happened throughout the                                                               
world.  She urged the  committee to use integrity and conscience.                                                               
The job  of the DEC  commissioner is not  to be focused  on local                                                               
development, but  to focus  on protecting  the environment.   Ms.                                                               
Christiansen  agreed   with  the  previous  speaker   related  to                                                               
Alaskan's faith in elected officials.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:55:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEANTHA  CROCKETT   disclosed  her  professional   experience  in                                                               
industry but said  she was speaking on her own  behalf.  She said                                                               
she  began her  career working  with  Mr. Brune  at the  Resource                                                               
Development Council  and found him to  be extremely knowledgeable                                                               
and passionate  about science.   Mr. Brune  caused her  to become                                                               
more knowledgeable  about how the  resource industry  can coexist                                                               
with the environment.  She said  Mr. Brune will be an amazing DEC                                                               
commissioner and urged for his confirmation.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:56:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL JEFFRIES spoke  in support of the confirmation  of Mr. Brune                                                               
and against the character  assassination of political appointees.                                                               
He said he  has known Mr. Brune  for over 20 years  and would not                                                               
question  his integrity  or  his commitment  to  his family,  his                                                               
profession,  or to  Alaska.   He referred  to previous  testimony                                                               
intended  to  undermine  a  good   and  competent  candidate  for                                                               
commissioner.   Mr. Brune's  scientific background  and objective                                                               
approach will serve as an asset  to the administration and to the                                                               
state.  He urged the committee to advance the confirmation.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:58:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE LITZOW expressed  his opposition to the  confirmation of Mr.                                                               
Brune.     Mr.  Litzow  said   society  and  the  state   have  a                                                               
responsibility to pass along a  healthy Alaska environment to the                                                               
next generation;  a DEC  commissioner who  is an  honest advocate                                                               
for    environmental   conservation    is   critical    to   that                                                               
responsibility.    Mr.  Brune's   involvement  with  Pebble  mine                                                               
disqualifies him  as a representative  of the public  interest in                                                               
important decisions that  come before DEC.   Further, Mr. Brune's                                                               
claims of impartiality  are belied by his  public comments toward                                                               
providing relief for polluters in Alaska.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:59:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN DOCHTERMANN  said he has  been a  resident for 40  years in                                                               
Kodiak.  He said he is  opposed to the confirmation of Mr. Brune.                                                               
As  a  Bristol  Bay  fisherman  for  34  years,  he  said  it  is                                                               
impossible to  think that  a former  spokesperson for  the Pebble                                                               
project would be  put into the position  of commissioner, because                                                               
Mr. Brune  cannot be  impartial and has  a conflict  of interest.                                                               
He  read a  quote from  Mr. Brune,  and suggested  a commissioner                                                               
would seek to protect the environment with conservation.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:00:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HARRY MOORE  said he is a  lifetime fisherman in Bristol  Bay and                                                               
his  family came  to  Alaska  in the  1940s.    He expressed  his                                                               
surprise  at Mr.  Brune's  appointment because  Mr.  Brune has  a                                                               
strong conflict of interest; on March  21, Mr. Brune asked how to                                                               
remove  regulations to  ease  the pressure  on  industry that  is                                                               
represented by  the Resource  Development Council.   He  read the                                                               
DEC  mission  statement  and  expressed  his  concern  about  Mr.                                                               
Brune's choices and motivation.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:03:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE  GAVENUS said  she  is  a lifelong  resident  of Homer  and                                                               
expressed her opposition  to the confirmation of Mr.  Brune.  She                                                               
pointed  out  there is  a  clear  conflict of  interest,  ethical                                                               
questions of his appointment, and,  due to his comments on social                                                               
media,  a question  of  his  impartiality even  though  he is  an                                                               
intelligent  and well-educated  person.    Also, the  appointment                                                               
creates an  erosion of  trust, and people  and the  ecosystems of                                                               
Alaska deserve a commissioner who is aware of long-term impacts.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
7:05:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHERYL WASSILLIE said she lives  in Igiugig, a village downstream                                                               
of the proposed Pebble mine,  and expressed her opposition to the                                                               
confirmation of Mr. Brune.   Mr. Brune's past position with Anglo                                                               
American  is reason  to  believe  Mr. Brune  will  have a  biased                                                               
approach to issuing permits for  the Pebble mine to move forward.                                                               
Mr.  Brune also  worked  as executive  director  of the  Resource                                                               
Development Council  which is  also a  supporter of  Pebble mine.                                                               
This  experience does  not reflect  DEC's mission  statement, and                                                               
she  read  the  mission  statement.    Ms.  Wassillie  urged  the                                                               
committee to make  the right and moral choice to  not advance the                                                               
confirmation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:06:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KYLE  WILLINGHAM  said  he  is  a  lifelong  resident  and  is  a                                                               
fisherman.  He recalled 30 years  today his father worked for DEC                                                               
and was  cleaning oil  off the beaches  in Prince  William Sound.                                                               
He urged the committee to learn  from the [Exxon Valdez oil spill                                                               
of 3/24/89] which  was a terrible event.  He  opined Mr. Brune is                                                               
clearly biased and  one-sided, although he is  smart and capable.                                                               
The confirmation  of Mr.  Brune would  cause a  loss of  faith in                                                               
DEC, and  he urged the committee  to make the right  choice.  Mr.                                                               
Willingham cautioned against the possibility  that if the mine is                                                               
built something can go wrong.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:08:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIC FJELSTAD said he is an  attorney speaking on his own behalf.                                                               
He has  known Mr. Brune  for almost  20 years in  many capacities                                                               
and as a client.   Mr. Brune is a good  person and is well-liked,                                                               
which is  an attribute for the  commissioner of DEC.   He pointed                                                               
out that in addition to  the one resource development issue which                                                               
has been talked about, there  are many challenges ahead for rural                                                               
Alaska which Mr.  Brune can address.  He urged  people to look at                                                               
Mr. Brune as an individual and noted his many qualities.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:10:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA HEUER  said she  was speaking on  behalf of  herself, her                                                               
family,  and 14,000  members of  the Susitna  River Coalition  in                                                               
opposition to  the appointment of  Mr. Brune.   At the  time that                                                               
Alaska  needs  to  diversify  its  economy,  the  state  needs  a                                                               
balanced and  unbiased commissioner;  Mr. Brune's  background and                                                               
work history show  he is in favor of  all development, regardless                                                               
of  benefits   to  the   people  of   Alaska  or   the  long-term                                                               
environmental  impacts   to  communities,  economies,   and  food                                                               
security.   For  example, Mr.  Brune  has worked  to advance  the                                                               
Pebble mine  and the Susitna-Wantana  dam projects,  both against                                                               
the strong opposition  of Alaska residents.   The commissioner of                                                               
DEC should  balance the environmental and  economic priorities of                                                               
residents and  focus on  long-term benefits for  the state.   She                                                               
opined Mr. Brune is not qualified to make balanced decisions.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:11:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAYE HOLOWATCH  said she has been  in Alaska for 32  years and is                                                               
strongly opposed to the confirmation  of Mr. Brune.  Although Mr.                                                               
Brune may be a nice guy,  his close ties with Pebble, mining, oil                                                               
and  gas organizations,  and resource  development would  bring a                                                               
different perspective to  DEC in direct odds with  the mission of                                                               
DEC.   Supporting  Pebble mine,  while  guiding DEC,  is a  clear                                                               
conflict of  interest.  She said  the quality of life  for future                                                               
generations  depends  on  decisions  made  today  and  urged  the                                                               
committee not to advance the confirmation of Mr. Brune.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:13:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTY FRY said  the appointment of Mr. Brune  reeks of backroom                                                               
deals.  To put someone in  charge of mining permits who has clear                                                               
ties to an  ill-conceived mine is just wrong, just  as the Pebble                                                               
mine project  is wrong.   She made further comments  about Pebble                                                               
mine.   Her  hope is  that her  descendants will  have access  to                                                               
sustainable healthy salmon runs as  did the people in Bristol Bay                                                               
2,000 years ago.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
7:14:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA JOHNSTON said  she is a small business owner  in Homer who                                                               
is strongly opposed  to the confirmation of Mr.  Brune, and asked                                                               
members  of the  committee to  listen to  the testimony  of their                                                               
constituents.   The appointment of  Mr. Brune is  very important,                                                               
and he has a blatant conflict of  interest to be in a position to                                                               
grant the Pebble  mine key permits.  Unlike  earlier testimony in                                                               
support of Mr.  Brune, the appointment is not  about character or                                                               
personality, but  at looking  at the  facts, his  statements, and                                                               
his  inability  to  be  an   unbiased  commissioner  of  Alaska's                                                               
environment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:16:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID SAM spoke  in opposition to the confirmation  of Mr. Brune,                                                               
not only because  of Pebble mine, but  other environmental issues                                                               
in Sitka.   In  Sitka, the environment  has affected  the herring                                                               
industry and  the cultural  and traditional use  of herring.   He                                                               
said he opposes  a nominee who has supported  Pebble mine because                                                               
after 100 years  tailings leach into the environment.   After the                                                               
tailings leach out,  they are there forever, and  people and fish                                                               
suffer; for example, tailings and  mining have affected Southeast                                                               
Alaska.    He  stressed  someone   who  has  worked  with  Native                                                               
organizations  doesn't  have added  clout,  because  a number  of                                                               
shareholders  have problems  with  development  in their  region,                                                               
including oil and gold.  He restated his opposition.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:18:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALISHA  SIRRA said  she is  a lifelong  Alaskan who  has had  the                                                               
pleasure of  knowing Mr. Brune professionally  and personally for                                                               
many years, and he is the right  person to lead DEC.  In her work                                                               
experience, Mr. Brune  served as a mentor and friend.   Mr. Brune                                                               
thoughtfully and thoroughly  examines all sides of  a problem and                                                               
listens  before   making  decisions.    He   is  considerate  and                                                               
professional and has  always done what is right for  Alaska.  Mr.                                                               
Brune  takes  a  scientific  approach,  respects  the  regulatory                                                               
process,   and   believes   Alaska  should   have   the   highest                                                               
environmental  standards  in  the  world.   He  cares  about  the                                                               
environment,  the economy,  and  has the  best  interests of  the                                                               
state in mind for future generations.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:20:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TIMOTHY  GERVAIS said  he was  speaking on  behalf of  his family                                                               
fishing   business   and   expressed  his   opposition   to   the                                                               
confirmation of  Mr. Brune.   Mr. Brune is [too]  closely aligned                                                               
with  the Pebble  Partnership to  be an  impartial regulator  and                                                               
will not hold development companies  to a high enough standard to                                                               
protect watersheds and  environment, thus we will not  be able to                                                               
maintain  sustainable  salmon  runs.   Once  the  watersheds  are                                                               
destroyed,  they  will be  ruined  for  centuries.   This  is  an                                                               
opportunity for the legislature to  protect the last great salmon                                                               
habitat in the world.  His  family is asking the committee to not                                                               
advance the confirmation of Mr. Brune.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:22:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KONRAD  SHAAD  said  he  is  a 39-year  resident  of  Alaska  who                                                               
strongly opposes the appointment of Mr.  Brune.  He asked for the                                                               
purpose of  a permitting  process and  suggested there  should be                                                               
"check and  balance" for the industry  seeking a permit.   A pro-                                                               
mining  person should  not be  in charge  of issuing  permits for                                                               
mining, or in keeping regulations  for mining.  Mr. Brune offered                                                               
to get  rid of regulations  before he  was appointed.   Mr. Shaad                                                               
urged the committee not to advance the confirmation.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:23:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK BEAUDIN said  he was representing himself  and his children.                                                               
He suggested  the purpose  of Mr. Brune's  appointment is  not to                                                               
protect the environment but to advance  the Pebble mine.  He said                                                               
proponents of  the mine fail  to report  that gold is  worth more                                                               
than  the salmon  fishery,  and say  no harm  would  come to  the                                                               
fishery;  however, everyone  working at  or benefitting  from the                                                               
mine should  sign a document  that puts  their net worth  at risk                                                               
along  with  the  fishery.   Signatories  should  include  mining                                                               
companies   and   corporate   officers,   lenders,   mineworkers,                                                               
engineers,  and  security  guards.    Mr.  Beaudin  opined  if  a                                                               
disaster occurred  mine proponents  should accept the  risk along                                                               
with the  fisherman.  Further,  if the fishery were  destroyed by                                                               
climate change, the mine could proceed.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:25:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WESTON MCKENZIE said he is a  student at the University of Alaska                                                               
Anchorage  and strongly  opposes the  confirmation of  Mr. Brune.                                                               
Mr.  Brune has  worked for  mining  companies, is  biased, has  a                                                               
major conflict of  interest, and is not working  for the interest                                                               
of the majority  of Alaskans.  Mr. McKenzie said  Mr. Brune wants                                                               
to  advance the  Pebble mine  which  is not  compatible with  the                                                               
world's last wild sustainable fishery  that provides thousands of                                                               
jobs  for  Alaskans  and  Americans.     Mines  that  the  Pebble                                                               
corporation has worked with before  have failed with catastrophic                                                               
results.   The federal permitting  process has not been  fair and                                                               
shortened the  review period for citizens  and elected officials.                                                               
Mr. McKenzie  said this is  not a  personal attack on  Mr. Brune,                                                               
but he is a poor choice for the job as commissioner of DEC.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:26:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER TAYLOR said she is a  30-year resident who has lived and                                                               
worked  in  Alaska  and  who  seeks   to  come  home  to  a  safe                                                               
environment that  can support a  subsistence lifestyle,  which is                                                               
the lifeblood of Alaska, and  which should survive far beyond the                                                               
life of  the mining  industry.   She spoke  in opposition  to the                                                               
appointment of Mr.  Brune based upon his promotion  of the mining                                                               
industry,  which  would  interfere with  ensuring  compliance  in                                                               
enforcement activities.   Ms.  Taylor referred  to money  paid by                                                               
the residents of  British Columbia, Canada, to  the government to                                                               
pay the mining  closure liability from the  Mount Polley tailings                                                               
dam failure in  2014.  She compared the Mount  Polley disaster to                                                               
that  of  the [Exxon  Valdez  oil  spill  of  1989].   She  urged                                                               
Alaskans to research the mining industry in British Columbia.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:29:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIC BEEMAN said  he is a 50-year Alaska  setnetter and president                                                               
of the  Nushagak Setnet Association.   He spoke in  opposition to                                                               
the appointment  of Mr.  Brune.   As a  former spokesman  for the                                                               
Pebble  Partnership and  a stanch  mining  advocate, Mr.  Brune's                                                               
nomination  as  commissioner  to the  department  that  regulates                                                               
mining permitting  would be the  antithesis of fair  process, and                                                               
his nomination is insulting to  some.  Mr. Beeman acknowledged he                                                               
does  not  personally know  Mr.  Brune,  but Mr.  Brune's  public                                                               
stance has revealed where his loyalties lie.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:31:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
IAN BLAKE  said he  was representing himself  and his  family and                                                               
spoke in opposition to the appointment  of Mr. Brune.  Because he                                                               
doesn't know Mr.  Brune personally, Mr. Blake said  he must judge                                                               
him  by his  public statements  that  have raised  concern.   Mr.                                                               
Brune  has  a history  of  public  advocacy  for a  large  mining                                                               
project and  Mr. Blake questioned  Mr. Brune's statement  that he                                                               
can  evaluate it  like any  other.   Further, Mr.  Brune's stated                                                               
personal  philosophy that  leans  towards  developing locally  is                                                               
incongruent with  the mission statement  of DEC.  Mr.  Blake said                                                               
he is a  former employee of DEC and mining  development was not a                                                               
priority of his public service.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:33:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN NICHOLS  said she  has lived  in Sitka  for 35  years and                                                               
spoke in opposition to the appointment  of Mr. Brune.  She opined                                                               
Mr.  Brune  is  biased  towards   mining  and  has  conflicts  of                                                               
interest.   She  suggested the  state  would not  benefit from  a                                                               
leader who would  have to recuse himself from many  issues due to                                                               
conflicts of  interest.  Ms.  Nichols urged the committee  not to                                                               
advance the confirmation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
7:34:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELLEN   VANDEVISSE  expressed   her   fear   that  hearings   are                                                               
disregarded.  She said she  strongly oppose the nomination of Mr.                                                               
Brune because DEC needs an  impartial person to head a protection                                                               
agency,  not  a  "promote  pollution"  agency.    She  urged  the                                                               
committee to consider the serious  erosion of trust in government                                                               
and to  make a good faith  decision as to whether  the nomination                                                               
is  in the  best interests  of  clean water,  clean air,  health,                                                               
salmon, renewable  resources, and the  future of Alaska,  and not                                                               
in the interest of outside extraction industries.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
7:36:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL GLAVINOVICH expressed his support  of the appointment of Mr.                                                               
Brune,  stating  Mr. Brune's  credentials  are  impeccable.   Mr.                                                               
Glavinovich  said many  Alaskans think  the DEC  commissioner can                                                               
unilaterally  make a  decision relating  to the  permitting of  a                                                               
resource development  project; however, such  decisions represent                                                               
the  product of  multiple state  agencies that  are staffed  with                                                               
competent scientists.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:37:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LACI MICHAUD, on  behalf of the Alaska  Miners Association (AMA),                                                               
expressed her  support for  the confirmation of  Mr. Burne.   She                                                               
informed  the committee  AMA is  a  membership trade  association                                                               
representing  large  and  small  mines, sand,  gravel,  and  rock                                                               
quarry   operations,  exploration   projects,  and   vendors  and                                                               
contractors who  make a  living from  a healthy  mining industry.                                                               
Alaska miners  have worked with Mr.  Brune for many years  and he                                                               
has  a  reputation  within the  regulating  community  as  having                                                               
extensive  knowledge of  Alaska  biology and  on  any issue,  Mr.                                                               
Brune  has  always  focused  on science  and  that  the  resource                                                               
development must be responsible.   Mr. Brune has worked in Alaska                                                               
in  many  sectors  and  has   always  focused  on  science  above                                                               
politics.  She  said DEC will benefit from  Mr. Brune's technical                                                               
expertise and AMA supports his confirmation.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:39:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RENE  LIMERE  said  he is  representing  his  business,  Ultimate                                                               
Rivers, and has been an Alaska  resident for almost 40 years.  He                                                               
gave a  short personal history.   Mr.  Limere said he  is joining                                                               
the overwhelming  testimony in opposition  to the  appointment of                                                               
Mr. Brune for  his conflict of interest and  his public comments.                                                               
He  described the  rivers in  Bristol Bay,  and opined  people in                                                               
charge  need   to  have  an   understanding  and   background  in                                                               
conservation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:41:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHY JOHNSON said  she has lived in Alaska over  50 years and is                                                               
speaking on behalf  of her family.  Her  family commercial fishes                                                               
in Bristol Bay and she spoke  in opposition to the appointment of                                                               
Mr.  Brune.   Mr. Brune  has a  conflict of  interest in  issuing                                                               
permits and regulating mines.   She said her family needs someone                                                               
to protect and  represent the salmon industry.   The Exxon Valdez                                                               
oil spill  killed many species  of sea life and  Exxon's response                                                               
was to  write everyone  checks; Alaska cannot  take that  type of                                                               
disaster  again but  let  us  leave a  beautiful  Alaska for  our                                                               
children.   Ms. Johnson  urged the committee  to not  advance the                                                               
confirmation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:43:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MYRA SCHOLZE  said she is  a lifelong Alaskan from  Kodiak Island                                                               
speaking in  strong opposition to  the appointment of  Mr. Brune.                                                               
The Department  of Environmental Conservation is  responsible for                                                               
protecting Alaska's environment,  including permitting mines, and                                                               
because of  Mr. Brune's  history as a  Pebble mine  spokesman for                                                               
Anglo American,  his appointment  represents a grave  conflict of                                                               
interest.   Pebble mine  threatens Bristol Bay,  which is  one of                                                               
the  world's last  natural salmon  runs but  is also  a place  of                                                               
economic,  cultural, and  ecological importance.   She  urged the                                                               
committee not to advance the confirmation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:44:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRIFFIN  PLUSH  said  he  is a  student  originally  from  Seward                                                               
speaking in opposition  to the confirmation of Mr.  Brune.  Young                                                               
Alaskans  trust  elected officials  to  ensure  the processes  of                                                               
government and  permitting are  due process,  fair, and  that all                                                               
voices  are heard.   Mr.  Plush  expressed his  concern that  Mr.                                                               
Brune is more friendly to  transnational developers than to young                                                               
Alaskans who  oppose dangerous extraction.   Mr.  Brune's support                                                               
for one  specific industry  should be  a disqualifier,  and could                                                               
undermine  the future  of Alaskans.    He pointed  out in  Seward                                                               
after the  Exxon Valdez oil  spill there was  massive devastation                                                               
that had  been proceeded by  many promises  that not one  drop of                                                               
oil would be  spilled, but the industry was  not held accountable                                                               
and there was oil on the coast.   Mr. Plush said it is the job of                                                               
the state to hold industry accountable.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:47:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIRSA  HUGHES-SKENDIJS  recalled  one   of  Mr.  Brune's  "highly                                                               
inflammatory  tweets" regarding  [2018 Alaska  Ballot Measure  1]                                                               
and  she read  a  quote.   She acknowledged  Mr.  Brune has  some                                                               
conservation  background, but  his actions  have been  to support                                                               
getting rid of the Ocean Ranger  program, which does not cost the                                                               
state money, primarily to show Alaska  is open for business.  Ms.                                                               
Hughes-Skendijs said  Mr. Brune's  actions have  disqualified him                                                               
as  acting  in a  nonpartisan  function.    She pointed  out  the                                                               
National  Oceanic  and   Atmospheric  Administration  (NOAA)  has                                                               
observers on  trawlers and electronic monitoring,  and questioned                                                               
why the head  of DEC would resist a safeguard  for pollution from                                                               
outside  corporations.   She  equated  "open  for business"  with                                                               
"open for exploitation."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:49:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROCHELLE  HARRISON said  she lives  in Bristol  Bay and  spoke in                                                               
opposition to  the nomination of Mr.  Brune.  She and  her family                                                               
own  a small  fishing business  in  Bristol Bay  and depend  upon                                                               
natural  resources and  a  healthy fish  population.   The  local                                                               
residents oppose the  Pebble mine and Mr. Brune has  shown a bias                                                               
toward  the mine  and the  mining industry,  at the  cost of  the                                                               
natural  resources needed  to continue  her lifestyle  in Alaska.                                                               
She urged the committee to not advance the confirmation.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:51:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLE DEAL spoke  in opposition to the confirmation  of Mr. Brune.                                                               
In this position, Mr. Brune  cannot be objective in reviewing the                                                               
applications Pebble  needs to  submit to DEC  to develop  a large                                                               
copper  and  gold  mine.    Mr.  Brune's  previous  work  history                                                               
dictates that he cannot be  held accountable for decisions on the                                                               
ongoing   Pebble  process   that   are  important   environmental                                                               
decisions regarding Alaska's wild resources.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:52:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TYLER  HENEGAN said  he  finds it  unfathomable  to consider  the                                                               
nomination of  Mr. Brune.  In  the interests of Alaskans  and the                                                               
future of children,  he stressed the importance  of promoting the                                                               
health  of Alaska's  ecosystem which  Mr. Brune  cannot do.   Mr.                                                               
Brune's history and public statements show  he is not in favor of                                                               
promoting  a  healthy  ecosystem,   and  Mr.  Henegan  urged  the                                                               
committee not to advance the confirmation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:53:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES SELVOG said  he is from Kodiak and lives  is Soldotna.  His                                                               
family members  have all fished  commercially in Bristol  Bay and                                                               
two generations  depend upon  salmon for  their livelihoods.   He                                                               
recalled the effects of the  Exxon Valdez oil spill and expressed                                                               
his strong opposition to the appointment of Mr. Brune.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:54:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHERYL BAECHLER,  speaking for herself and  her family, expressed                                                               
her strong opposition  to the nomination of Mr.  Brune because he                                                               
cannot make decisions  in the best interests of  Alaskans and the                                                               
environment.   She said  she is concerned  about the  Pebble mine                                                               
because she is a landowner in  the Bristol Bay area, and restated                                                               
her opposition.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:55:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK NIVER President, Commercial  Fishermen for Bristol Bay, said                                                               
he  is a  42-year resident  of  Alaska and  39-year fisherman  in                                                               
Bristol Bay and is speaking on  behalf of 1,400 permit holders in                                                               
Bristol Bay who oppose the nomination  of Mr. Brune.  He recalled                                                               
Mr. Brune's  previous statements and said  his organization seeks                                                               
a  nominee who  leans  toward conservation  and not  development.                                                               
Many Alaskans have  testified who want a  conservationist at DEC.                                                               
He described features of the Pebble  mine and said it will affect                                                               
the Bristol Bay watershed.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:57:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUE  SPRINKLE  said  Mr.  Brune   has  a  credibility  issue  and                                                               
questioned how a person who  loves Alaska would support a project                                                               
that could go wrong.  She  stated Alaska needs to protect its air                                                               
and water  and stated  her opposition to  the appointment  of Mr.                                                               
Brune.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:59:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE MACKENZIE  said he is  a business  owner speaking on  his own                                                               
behalf and on behalf his  family in opposition to the appointment                                                               
of Mr.  Brune.  He  is a  harvester of renewable  resources, that                                                               
have sustained  his family for  three generations, and  noted Mr.                                                               
Brune  has  a  conflict  of   interest  with  those  who  utilize                                                               
renewable  resources.   He said  legislators represent  many like                                                               
himself, and can  decide to look forward and  realize a potential                                                               
biased opinion at DEC could jeopardize many constituents.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:00:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERICA MADISON  said she is  a Bristol  Bay fisherman and  a small                                                               
business owner speaking  in opposition to the  appointment of Mr.                                                               
Brune.   She  urged the  committee to  seek an  unbiased, neutral                                                               
appointee who  will fairly evaluate resource  extraction, and one                                                               
who  will search  for safe  and inventive  economic opportunities                                                               
for  the state  while  protecting profitable  industries such  as                                                               
commercial   fishing.     She  said   Mr.  Brune   has  supported                                                               
development  companies  and  the  Pebble mine,  and  thus  cannot                                                               
support conserving and protecting Alaska's natural resources.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:01:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN BURKE  said he is  a 40-year Alaska resident  and expressed                                                               
his  opposition to  Mr. Brune's  nomination.   He said  Mr. Brune                                                               
stated his  support of the  Pebble mine -  and that the  mine can                                                               
coexist with salmon fisheries - in  2018, before the scope of the                                                               
project was  presented.  Further,  the Alaska  Mining Association                                                               
supports  his   nomination.    Mr.  Burke   restated  his  strong                                                               
opposition.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:03:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRYSTA WATTERS  said she is  a resident and fisherman  of Bristol                                                               
Bay speaking in opposition to the  appointment of Mr. Brune.  She                                                               
opined Mr.  Brune is anti-Bristol  Bay because of his  support of                                                               
Pebble  mine, a  gold  and  copper mine,  and  his  support of  a                                                               
"pushed through" environmental impact  statement (EIS).  She said                                                               
she did not support someone associated with the mine.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:05:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA WRIGHT  spoke in strong  opposition to the  confirmation of                                                               
Mr. Brune.   She questioned  whether Mr. Brune could  use science                                                               
to contain  a tailings  pile forever and  prevent a  tailings dam                                                               
failure.    She  urged  for a  more  balanced  representative  as                                                               
commissioner  for  DEC.    Ms. Wright  noted  the  challenges  of                                                               
declining  salmon  populations  and  climate  change  and  stated                                                               
Alaska needs to protect what it currently has.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:06:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NOELLE CARBONE  said she is a  small business owner in  the upper                                                               
Susitna valley speaking in strong  opposition to the confirmation                                                               
of  Mr. Brune.    She said  Mr.  Brune has  an  obvious bias  for                                                               
mining,  megaprojects,  and  Outside   interests.    Ms.  Carbone                                                               
stressed  the   importance  of  balance   and  the  need   for  a                                                               
commissioner  to   accomplish  the   hard  work   of  conserving,                                                               
protecting,  and improving  Alaska's  natural  resources for  all                                                               
Alaskans.  Mr. Brune has a  conflict of interest, and although he                                                               
may  be  of  good  character and  intelligent,  the  commissioner                                                               
should represent all Alaskans.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:08:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRAWFORD PARR  said he is  a pilot  speaking for himself  and his                                                               
family in  opposition to  the confirmation  of Mr.  Brune because                                                               
one  with   a  background  in   advancing  mining   interests  is                                                               
unqualified due to  a conflict of interest.  Mr.  Parr provided a                                                               
quote from  Mr. Brune related to  eliminating mining regulations.                                                               
Mr. Parr said he stands for clean water and wild salmon.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:10:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA GOOZEN  said she opposes  Mr. Brune's appointment  due to                                                               
his obvious and  extreme conflict of interest.  She  said she has                                                               
lived in  Alaska for 46 years,  grew up on the  Copper River, and                                                               
lived in  many places in  the state.   She expressed  her support                                                               
for previous testimony in opposition  to Mr. Brune, and for clean                                                               
water and wild salmon statewide.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:10:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JONATHON HOYSOCK stated his opposition  to the appointment of Mr.                                                               
Brune.   He said  he is  calling from the  coal mining  region of                                                               
Pennsylvania,  which is  the home  region  of Governor  Dunleavy.                                                               
Mr. Hoysock  opined Mr. Brune has  a conflict of interest  due to                                                               
his support of Pebble mine.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:12:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERNIE HOFFMAN said  she has lived in Fairbanks for  30 years and                                                               
spoke  in strong  opposition to  the confirmation  of Mr.  Brune.                                                               
Mr. Brune  carries a  lot of pro-industry  baggage and  could not                                                               
represent  all Alaskans  fairly.   A  majority  of Alaskans  want                                                               
clean air  and renewable resources,  such as Bristol  Bay salmon,                                                               
and support  the regulations  that make  them so.   She  said Mr.                                                               
Brune seeks  to gut regulations  and allow for the  extraction of                                                               
resources  and  leave toxic  waste  behind,  which is  the  wrong                                                               
attitude for the Alaska state  government.  Alaska needs to focus                                                               
on climate change.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:14:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT BARTLETT,  speaking for himself  and his  family, expressed                                                               
his  strong opposition  to the  confirmation  of Mr.  Brune.   He                                                               
noted DEC  has a  broad mission and  purview over  many projects;                                                               
however, Mr. Brune  was nominated for the single  issue to impact                                                               
the regulation  process of Pebble  mine.  Mr.  Brune's nomination                                                               
is inappropriate for Alaska and  displays cronyism.  Mr. Bartlett                                                               
urged for a conservatist or  an impartial individual who could be                                                               
trusted to  evaluate what  the Bristol  Bay region  offers Alaska                                                               
and the world.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:16:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAM  MILLER,  Executive  Director,  Alaska  Community  Action  on                                                               
Toxics (ACAT), informed  the committee ACAT is  a public interest                                                               
environmental   health   and   justice  research   and   advocacy                                                               
organization.  Ms. Miller recalled she  has met with Mr. Brune in                                                               
his position as commissioner designee  and noted he is personable                                                               
and friendly.   Her opposition  to his appointment is  based upon                                                               
his work  experience and  she questioned  his objectivity  due to                                                               
his alliance  with mining and  oil and gas industries.   Further,                                                               
she is  concerned about his  leadership protecting  public health                                                               
in complex  issues such  as the  contamination of  drinking water                                                               
sources  by perfluoroalkyl  and polyfluoroalkyl  substances found                                                               
in  firefighting foam  in dozens  of  communities around  Alaska.                                                               
For example,  DEC proposed cleanup  standards for  remediation of                                                               
contaminated  water and  soil  which  are not  health-protective.                                                               
Unlike  other  states,  DEC has  not  moved  toward  establishing                                                               
enforceable  drinking  water  standards  for  the  protection  of                                                               
public  health.   Ms. Miller  also expressed  concerns about  Mr.                                                               
Brune's ability  to represent  the public  interest in  issues of                                                               
complex permitting  decisions, and  in addressing  climate change                                                               
and the  industrial contamination of  the Arctic.  She  urged the                                                               
committee not to advance the nomination.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:18:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR closed public testimony  on the confirmation of Mr.                                                               
Brune.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:21:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Resources Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:21 p.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Jason Brune Resume.pdf HRES 3/15/2019 1:20:00 PM
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HRES 4/1/2019 6:30:00 PM
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Brune Supporting Document - Letters of Support Set One 3.25.19.pdf HRES 3/25/2019 6:30:00 PM
HRES 4/1/2019 6:30:00 PM
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Brune Supporting Document - Letters of Support Set Two 3.25.19.pdf HRES 3/25/2019 6:30:00 PM
HRES 4/1/2019 6:30:00 PM
Brune
Brune Supporting Document - Letters of Opposition Set One 3.25.19.pdf HRES 3/25/2019 6:30:00 PM
HRES 4/1/2019 6:30:00 PM
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