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02/23/2015 03:30 PM RESOURCES

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03:32:14 PM Start
03:32:35 PM Confirmation Hearings: Board of Game
03:58:52 PM SJR13
04:29:11 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Confirmation of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Board of Game - Kip Fanning, Teresa Sager Albaugh
-- Public Testimony on Appointees --
-- Uniform Rule 23 Waived --
+= SJR 13 OCS OIL & GAS EXPLORATION/DEVELOPMENT TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSJR 13(RES) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                       February 23, 2015                                                                                        
                           3:32 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Cathy Giessel, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Mia Costello, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Bill Stoltze                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                                            
      Board of Game                                                                                                           
          Teresa Sager Albaugh - Tok                                                                                            
          Kip Fanning - Yakutat                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 13                                                                                                  
Supporting oil and  gas exploration and development  on the outer                                                               
continental  shelf offshore  of the  state; opposing  attempts to                                                               
prohibit  oil and  gas development  in the  Chukchi Sea  Planning                                                               
Area and the Beaufort Sea  Planning Area; and requesting that the                                                               
federal  Administration   cease  and   desist  from   all  future                                                               
restrictions in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSJR 13(RES) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 13                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: OCS OIL & GAS EXPLORATION/DEVELOPMENT                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) COGHILL                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/09/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
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02/20/15       (S)       RES AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TERESA SAGER-ALBAUGH                                                                                                            
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Board of Game nominee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
KIP FANNING                                                                                                                     
Yakutat, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Board of Game nominee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
THOR STACEY, lobbyist                                                                                                           
Alaska Professional Hunters Association                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported Ms. Albaugh's reappointment and                                                                
Mr. Fanning's first appointment to the BOG.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ROD ARNO, Executive Director                                                                                                    
Alaska Outdoor Council                                                                                                          
Mat-Su, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported Ms. Albaugh's reappointment and                                                                
Mr. Fanning's appointment to the BOG.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MIKE TINKER, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Association                                                                           
Ester, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported Mr. Fanning's appointment to the                                                               
Board of Game and Ms. Albaugh's reappointment.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
AL BARRETTE, representing himself                                                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported Ms. Albaugh's reappointment and                                                                
Mr. Fanning's appointment to the Board of Game.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAD HUTCHISON, staff to Senator Coghill, Alaska State                                                                          
Legislature                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Explained the changes in the proposed                                                                    
committee substitute (CS) to SJR 13.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KARA MORIARTY, President and CEO                                                                                                
Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA)                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported SJR 13.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:32:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  CATHY   GIESSEL  called  the  Senate   Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 3:32  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were Senators  Micciche,  Coghill,  Stoltze, Costello  and                                                               
Chair Giessel.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:32:35 PM                                                                                                                    
^Confirmation Hearings: Board of Game                                                                                           
              Confirmation Hearings: Board of Game                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
3:32:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL announced that they  would start out today with the                                                               
Governor's appointees  to the  Board of  Game and  invited Teresa                                                               
Sager-Albaugh to  review her  resume and  tell the  committee why                                                               
she wanted to serve on the Board of Game (BOG).                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:34:00 PM                                                                                                                    
TERESA SAGER-ALBAUGH,  nominee for the Board  of Game, Fairbanks,                                                               
Alaska, said she  was born and raised in Fairbanks  and had lived                                                               
in a  24X24 dry log  cabin on the  Tok cutoff near  Mentasta Pass                                                               
since 1984.  She was raised in  a hunting and fishing  family and                                                               
this remains a very important part  of her life. Her family has a                                                               
garden and two small green houses.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
From 1983-1995  she worked for  the Alaska State  Legislature and                                                               
since  then  she  worked  for  an  engineering  and  construction                                                               
management  company called  Summit Consulting  Services. She  has                                                               
volunteered  with organizations  that  help  protect and  enhance                                                               
hunting,  fishing, trapping,  second  amendment  rights, and  the                                                               
public's right to enjoy outdoor experiences.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ALBAUGH  said her "average outdoor  Alaskan's background" has                                                               
been a  positive contribution to  her service  on the BOG  and to                                                               
people who  value wildlife  in their own  lives. She  is grateful                                                               
for the opportunity  to have been able to serve  in this position                                                               
for  the   past  six  years   and  appreciates   the  committee's                                                               
consideration of her re-appointment.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:35:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STOLTZE noted  that  he  had served  as  officer on  the                                                               
Alaska Outdoor  Council and has  had a long association  with Ms.                                                               
Albaugh, and she is an outstanding candidate.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COSTELLO  asked  the major  challenges  confronting  the                                                               
Board of Game.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:37:03 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  ALBAUGH replied  that  the  BOG is  continuing  to review  a                                                               
number of proposals  with regard to intensive  management to help                                                               
put more moose  and caribou on the tables of  Alaskans, and those                                                               
proposals always  have controversy. But because  of their success                                                               
in recent years,  a lot of the initial opposition  has waned. The                                                               
BOG will  suspend or  end the  ones that have  not shown  a great                                                               
deal of success.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She said  Dall sheep management  is an ongoing  contentious issue                                                               
as  well   as  the  annual  antlerless   moose  reauthorizations.                                                               
However, she said there is also  a lot of public satisfaction and                                                               
support for them.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL asked if the BOG  ever deals with the United States                                                               
Fish   and  Wildlife   Service  (USFWS)   landscape  conservation                                                               
cooperatives  that coordinate  science  on a  landscape scale  in                                                               
terms of changing climate.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. ALBAUGH  answered that  she hadn't  heard of  that particular                                                               
one, but the board "pays attention"  when the USFWS is looking at                                                               
or developing plans  that will affect wildlife  harvest, and they                                                               
are  presently in  the process  of  a rule-making  issue that  is                                                               
similar to  what the National  Park Service proposed.  The public                                                               
comment  period for  that closed  in February.  The BOG  issued a                                                               
very  strong letter  to  the Park  Service on  it  and they  will                                                               
issues a subsequent  letter to the USFWS on  its rule-making. The                                                               
details of their  rule-making are a bit different,  but they both                                                               
take  significant  issue  with the  federal  agencies'  basically                                                               
failing to honor the provisions  of Alaska National Interest Land                                                               
Claim Act (ANILCA).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STOLTZE  asked how the  BOG might help  the congressional                                                               
delegation  with  increased   hunting  opportunities  on  federal                                                               
lands.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. ALBAUGH  answered that  the BOG  could provide  some valuable                                                               
information  to   the  legislature   and  to   the  congressional                                                               
delegation with regard to access challenges.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:42:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  GIESSEL, finding  no further  questions  for Ms.  Albaugh,                                                               
welcomed Mr.  Fanning to review  his qualifications and  tell the                                                               
committee why he is interested in the position.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:42:43 PM                                                                                                                    
KIP FANNING, Board of Game  nominee, Yakutat, Alaska, said he had                                                               
been in  Yakutat since middle  school. Prior to that,  his family                                                               
lived in  Fairbanks with the  exception of a couple  short stints                                                               
in Juneau while his father was  in the legislature. He was raised                                                               
by a big  game guide, but grew up in  a subsistence village. That                                                               
background helps him keep an open  mind to all sides of an issue.                                                               
He is  interested in this  position so  that his kids  could have                                                               
access to  the same resources.  He felt honored to  be considered                                                               
for this position                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO  asked him what  major challenges the  BOF faces                                                               
in the near future.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. FANNING  replied that he didn't  know a lot of  the issues at                                                               
hand, but thought the biggest one  will just be management of the                                                               
resource and keeping an open mind to all parties.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO commented that they  hoped to have open minds on                                                               
all the boards.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL asked  if  he had  followed  the proposed  federal                                                               
hunting regulations.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. FANNING answered  that growing up in Yakutat he  did a lot of                                                               
hunting on federal land, so he  is familiar with dealing with the                                                               
Park  Service and  Forest Service,  but he  wasn't familiar  with                                                               
current issues.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:46:20 PM                                                                                                                    
THOR STACEY,  lobbyist, Alaska Professional  Hunters Association,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska, supported  Ms. Albaugh's  reappointment and  Mr.                                                               
Fanning's first appointment to the  BOG. Ms. Albaugh has a strong                                                               
work ethic  and is  fair and  honest. She  is open  to dissenting                                                               
views.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The reason  for supporting Mr. Fanning  is because he is  a small                                                               
business owner  and being  able to value  the resource  from that                                                               
perspective is valuable to the board.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:48:39 PM                                                                                                                    
ROD ARNO, Executive Director, Alaska  Outdoor Council (AOC), Mat-                                                               
Su,  Alaska,  supported  Ms.   Albaugh's  reappointment  and  Mr.                                                               
Fanning's  appointment  to  the  BOG. Ms.  Albaugh  is  the  most                                                               
prepared of  all of  the board  members he  has worked  with. She                                                               
does  her own  background  work outside  of  what the  department                                                               
provides and  finds out what  the conflicts are among  the users.                                                               
Above all, she is willing to  follow the rule of law, which isn't                                                               
the case with all members.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
He knew  Mr. Fanning's father  who was  an outdoor person  and he                                                               
hoped that  his son would also  use the statutes as  a foundation                                                               
for building regulation through a constructive board process.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  TINKER, Alaska  Wildlife  Conservation Association,  Ester,                                                               
Alaska, supported Mr. Fanning's appointment  to the Board of Game                                                               
and Ms. Albaugh's  reappointment. He said the  people who drafted                                                               
the sideboards  for board members did  not intend for them  to be                                                               
made  up of  hunting and  fishing experts  or professionals.  The                                                               
language clearly  says the applicants  should have  knowledge and                                                               
experience with  hunting, habitats,  environment and  issues that                                                               
provide a base for making  informed decisions on these regulatory                                                               
matters. The  term of appointment  is three years,  which implies                                                               
there  would  be an  opportunity  for  new  members who  are  not                                                               
experts  in all  these issues  to bring  new questions  and ideas                                                               
into service.  Mr. Fanning has exactly  those qualifications; his                                                               
life and professional experience give  him the background and the                                                               
detail he  needs to understand the  issues once he gets  there so                                                               
he can make good conservation  decisions. He recognizes the steep                                                               
learning curve and has taken up the challenge.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:51:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEDMAN joined the committee.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. TINKER said throughout her  service on the board, Ms. Albaugh                                                               
has  been  a  caretaker  of   the  constitutional  and  statutory                                                               
obligations the  board should, but  does not always,  follow. She                                                               
always  comes prepared  for every  issue, usually  having several                                                               
meetings with  the public and  community advisory  committees, as                                                               
well as  having read  the hundreds of  pages of  information that                                                               
are  required by  each meeting.  Having lived  in the  more urban                                                               
environment  of Fairbanks  for  many years  and  now living  many                                                               
years in  the Bush, she  has a unique perspective.  Her attention                                                               
to  detail,  especially  during  the  emotion  and  turmoil  that                                                               
accompanies some issues  before the board, is not  matched by any                                                               
other member.  She always makes  herself available to  the public                                                               
for  discussion regardless  of  the issue.  Her  background as  a                                                               
hunter/fisher and  living in a  subsistence environment  give her                                                               
the experience to understand and  appreciate the passion of those                                                               
coming  before the  board.  She is  one who  is  looking out  for                                                               
compliance  to  process  and contradictions  in  the  discussions                                                               
before the board.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:54:48 PM                                                                                                                    
AL BARRETTE,  representing himself, Fairbanks,  Alaska, supported                                                               
Ms. Albaugh's reappointment and  Mr. Fanning's appointment to the                                                               
Board  of  Game.  Ms.  Albaugh is  very  knowledgeable  and  well                                                               
prepared  for  the  meetings.  She  attends  advisory  committees                                                               
around the state and gets involved  with the local issues, so she                                                               
can be  better prepared  to vote on  a proposal.  She understands                                                               
the  importance   of  subsistence  to  Alaskans   and  diligently                                                               
protects  subsistence opportunities.  She  always  thinks of  the                                                               
resource first.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He  also  supported Mr.  Fanning's  appointment  and thought  Ms.                                                               
Albaugh would  be an  excellent mentor  for him,  as a  new board                                                               
member.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL,  finding  no  further  questions,  closed  public                                                               
testimony.  She  said  in  accordance   with  AS  39.05.080,  the                                                               
Resources  Committee reviewed  the following  and recommends  the                                                               
appointments be  forwarded to a joint  session for consideration:                                                               
Board of Game: Kip Fanning -  Yakutat, and Teresa Sager Albaugh -                                                               
Tok. This  does not reflect  an intent by  any of the  members to                                                               
vote for  or against the  confirmation of the  individuals during                                                               
any  further sessions.  There were  no objections  and it  was so                                                               
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:57:42 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease from 3:57 to 3:58 p.m.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SJR 13-OCS OIL & GAS EXPLORATION/DEVELOPMENT                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:58:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  GIESSEL  announced  SJR  13 to  be  up  for  consideration                                                               
[version 29-LS047\H was before the committee].                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL,   prime  sponsor   of  SJR  13,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, said  he used the strongest language                                                               
he  could to  direct the  Bureau  of Ocean  Energy Management  to                                                               
"cease and  desist" from taking  the oil-rich Chukchi  Sea leases                                                               
off  the  market,  because  it is  mismanagement  of  the  energy                                                               
potential of America and Alaska.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:01:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved  to  adopt  CSSJR  13(RES),  version  20-                                                               
LS0471\E, as the  working document. There were  no objections and                                                               
it was so ordered.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAD   HUTCHISON,  staff   to  Senator   Coghill,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, explained  that the changes  in the                                                               
proposed committee substitute  (CS) to SJR 13  came after further                                                               
conversations with Mike Pawlowski  in Senator Murkowski's Office.                                                               
The   resolution   was   designed  to   oppose   recent   federal                                                               
restrictions  relating to  the Chukchi  and Beaufort  Seas. There                                                               
are three big action points that distinguish this resolution:                                                                   
1.  They are  concerned about  future leases  in the  Chukchi and                                                               
Beaufort Seas.                                                                                                                  
2.  They  are  concerned  about active  leases  and  whether  oil                                                               
companies will have the ability to renew those active leases.                                                                   
3.   They  are   concerned   about  mitigation   as  it   relates                                                               
specifically to the  Hanna Shoal section of the  Chukchi Sea that                                                               
will  make it  cost prohibitive  for exploration,  production and                                                               
development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He  showed maps  depicting  historic and  active  oil leases  and                                                               
where activity is being restricted in 2017-2022.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:06:30 PM                                                                                                                    
He explained that the Chukchi Sea  is the important area that has                                                               
a  lot of  petroleum-related activity  going on,  particularly in                                                               
the  Hanna Shoal  area, because  at least  half of  it is  a high                                                               
petroleum area  with active historical  leases, Shell  and Repsol                                                               
being the  most important ones.  Shell has three  adjacent leases                                                               
and Repsol  has seven; another  five are immediately  adjacent to                                                               
that restricted area.  All of the leases  cover similar prospects                                                               
and  the concern  is that  the active  leases could  be affected,                                                               
because of the  uncertainty of their renewal.  Another concern is                                                               
that the cost  of mitigation efforts that will be  imposed in the                                                               
Hanna Shoal  area will be  so high  that the federal  agency will                                                               
manage it as wilderness, even though  it would be in violation of                                                               
ANILCA.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE asked why Hanna Shoal was restricted.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HUTCHISON answered  because  it  is a  high  value area  for                                                               
marine life.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO  asked what  the president is  using as  a basis                                                               
for his alleged authority.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. HUTCHSON answered that he does  have the ability under the 43                                                               
USC 13.41(a) of the Outer  Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act that                                                               
says the  President of the  United States  may from time  to time                                                               
withdraw from disposition any of the unleased lands of the OCS.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:13:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL said  it seems like the excluded area  is almost an                                                               
ocean zoning step.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. HUTCHISON said that many would agree with that analysis.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEDMAN commented  that they  should consider  combining                                                               
the timing  of this resolution  with the March report  coming out                                                               
from the National Petroleum Council.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL said  that was an excellent  idea. It's important                                                               
to make  a live  communication, because silence  is acquiescence,                                                               
and "the shoes are dropping fast."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEDMAN  suggested  deleting  "without  adequate  public                                                               
process" on page 3, line 30, to make the statement stronger.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:18:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  agreed with the goal,  but said there is  no way                                                               
this will get done without public process.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. HUTCHISON responded that the  initial draft of the resolution                                                               
did  not  have "without  adequate  public  process." That  was  a                                                               
recommendation from Senator Murkowski's Office.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STOLTZE said  he thought  it reads  much better  without                                                               
that language.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL responded  that a resolution should  be as direct                                                               
as possible and he would like to take it out.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:21:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved  to delete  ",  without  adequate  public                                                               
process," on  page 3, line 30.  There were no objections  and the                                                               
amendment was adopted.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:22:04 PM                                                                                                                    
KARA MORIARTY, President and CEO,  Alaska Oil and Gas Association                                                               
(AOGA), said they support SJR 13.  She said the Arctic OCS is the                                                               
largest undeveloped  energy basin  in the  United States  and the                                                               
next  generation  of energy  security  for  the country  and  the                                                               
state.  She said  the  Arctic  OCS is  a  mega-resource, with  an                                                               
estimated 27 billion  barrels of oil and 132  tcf/natural gas. In                                                               
comparison, the  TransAlaska pipeline  System (TAPS)  has carried                                                               
just 17 billion  barrels of oil in 30-plus years.  So, truly, oil                                                               
and gas development  in the Beaufort and Chukchi  Seas could feed                                                               
into TAPS and maintain viability for years to come.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Oil and gas development in the  OCS means more jobs for Alaskans.                                                               
It's predicted to  create an annual average of  35,000 direct and                                                               
indirect jobs over the next 50  years in Alaska, alone, and those                                                               
jobs would likely  represent a total payroll over  that time span                                                               
of $70 billion.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Since 1971, Ms.  Moriarty said 84 wells have been  drilled in the                                                               
Arctic  OCS,  all  without incident.  Industry  has  worked  with                                                               
communities  to incorporate  traditional knowledge  with decision                                                               
making,  establish  conflict  avoidance  agreements,  and  impose                                                               
seasonal drilling  limitations. New regulations and  research can                                                               
further ensure that development  and environmental protection can                                                               
co-exist.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
She  said Mr.  Hutchison did  a  great job  of summarizing  their                                                               
concern with  the restrictions in  the current  five-year leasing                                                               
plan and the unknowns they bring up.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MORIARTY said  that as  the  sea-ice stays  open longer  and                                                               
other countries move forward with  exploration and development in                                                               
their waters,  and transportation through the  ice-free Northwest                                                               
Passage  increases, Alaska's  Arctic  seas will  be left  largely                                                               
unattended.  With  little  infrastructure in  place,  communities                                                               
along Alaska's northern  coast will be at the  greatest risk with                                                               
no  ability to  respond. So,  development of  the Arctic  OCS for                                                               
exploration   and    development   would   bring    that   needed                                                               
infrastructure  to a  very rural  on-shore  area. The  industry's                                                               
continued   presence   would   provide  security   and   response                                                               
capabilities, should they be needed.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL,  finding  no   further  comments,  closed  public                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  recapped that it  is time  to speak up.  A small                                                               
village  near Wainwright  was anticipating  how it  could support                                                               
that industry and  was happy that regulations  were structured to                                                               
around  their  best hunting  and  fishing  times. The  resolution                                                               
doesn't say don't  do anything, just that those leases  in an oil                                                               
rich area  should not  come under the  cloud that  this president                                                               
just put them under.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL  said people at  Pt. Lay were also  looking forward                                                               
to the opportunities industry would bring.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO  moved to  report CSSJR  13(RES), version  E, as                                                               
amended,  from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal note(s). There were no objections and CSSJR
13(RES) was reported from the Senate Resources Standing                                                                         
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:28:13 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease from 4:28 to 4:29 pm.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:29:11 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL, finding no further business to come before the                                                                   
committee, adjourned the Senate Resources Committee meeting at                                                                  
4:28 p.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SRES-Resume-Sager-Albaugh.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13 - Sponsor Statement 2 9 15.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR130Bill Ver E.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 - Explanation of Changes 2 19 15.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR13 - Bill ver H.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Fiscal Note-Version E.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR13 - PowerPoint Presentation Revised 2 20 15.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR13 - Supporting Documents - BOEM - Beaufort OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Beaufort Sea 2 9 15.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR13 - Supporting Documents - BOEM - Beaufort Sea Analytical Considerations 2 9 15.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR13 - Supporting Documents - BOEM - Chukchi Area Analytical Considerations 2 9 15.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR13 - Supporting Documents - BOEM - Chukchi OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Chukchi Sea 2017-2022 Map 2 9 15.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13-Support Testimony-Kara Moriarty.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SRES-Resume-Kip Fanning.pdf SRES 2/23/2015 3:30:00 PM