Enrolled HJR 6: Supporting oil and gas leasing and development within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska; and urging President Biden and the United States Department of the Interior to approve the Willow Master Development Plan.
00Enrolled HJR 6 01 Supporting oil and gas leasing and development within the National Petroleum Reserve in 02 Alaska; and urging President Biden and the United States Department of the Interior to 03 approve the Willow Master Development Plan. 04 _______________ 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS, in 1923, President Warren G. Harding issued an Executive Order 07 establishing Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4 on the North Slope region to provide a potential 08 supply of oil for the United States Navy; and 09 WHEREAS 42 U.S.C. 6501 (Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976) 10 redesignated Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4 as the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska 11 and transferred responsibility for its administration to the Secretary of the Interior; and 12 WHEREAS the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska encompasses 23,500,000 13 acres, with boundaries extending south from Icy Cape to the drainage divide of the Brooks 14 Range, then following the divide eastward to 156 degrees west longitude, then north to the 15 Colville River, and following the Colville River downstream to its mouth; and 16 WHEREAS the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska falls entirely within the 17 boundary of the North Slope Borough and includes the communities of Anaktuvuk Pass,
01 Atqasuk, Nuiqsut, Utqiagvik, and Wainwright; and 02 WHEREAS, in 2017, the United States Geological Survey estimated there to be 03 8,700,000,000 barrels of recoverable oil and 25,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of recoverable gas 04 reserves in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska; and 05 WHEREAS the 2020 National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Integrated Activity Plan 06 and Environmental Impact Statement estimates potential annual government revenue, 07 including local, state, and federal taxes and royalties, of $730,000,000 to $4,750,000,000 from 08 oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska; and 09 WHEREAS the 2020 National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Integrated Activity Plan 10 and Environmental Impact Statement estimates that the exploration, development, and 11 production of oil and gas in the reserve could generate 3,600 direct jobs and 2,750 indirect 12 jobs annually over a period of 30 years; and 13 WHEREAS the Willow oil and gas prospect, known as the Willow project, is located 14 in the Bear Tooth Unit of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska and would be the 15 farthest-west producing field on the North Slope; and 16 WHEREAS the Willow project would tap into reserves of an estimated 600,000,000 17 barrels of oil and, at peak production, produce 180,000 barrels a day; and 18 WHEREAS the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Willow 19 Master Development Plan was developed over multiple years through a rigorous process with 20 significant involvement by and support from local communities and Alaska Native entities 21 and was specifically designed to protect surface values and the Inupiat way of life; and 22 WHEREAS, on February 1, 2023, the United States Department of the Interior 23 released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Willow project, 24 which demonstrates that the project is legally sufficient and environmentally sound; and 25 WHEREAS the Inupiat people are the longstanding stewards of the land on which the 26 National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska sits, and take seriously the need for careful and 27 balanced stewardship; and 28 WHEREAS the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the Inupiat Community of the 29 Arctic Slope, the North Slope Borough, the Alaska Federation of Natives, the Alaska Native 30 Village Corporation Association, the ANCSA Regional Association, the City of Utqiagvik, 31 the City of Wainwright, the City of Atqasuk, and the Kuukpik Corporation are all united in
01 support of the Willow project; and 02 WHEREAS the Willow project has received the support of labor unions and trade 03 groups, including the Alaska Petroleum Joint Crafts Council, the Alaska Support Industry 04 Alliance, the Alaska AFL-CIO, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Laborers' 05 International Union of North America, the National Association of Manufacturers, the North 06 America's Building Trades Unions, and the Alaska Chamber of Commerce; and 07 WHEREAS Representative Mary Peltola, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Senator Dan 08 Sullivan, the Alaska delegation in Congress, unanimously support approval of the Willow 09 project; and 10 WHEREAS state royalties from oil and gas development in the National Petroleum 11 Reserve in Alaska are allocated to the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Impact 12 Mitigation Fund, which is used to provide the local communities of Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, 13 Nuiqsut, Wainwright, Utqiagvik, and the North Slope Borough with grants to mitigate 14 impacts related to oil and gas development; and 15 WHEREAS oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska 16 would strengthen national security and provide long-lasting benefits to the national economy 17 by creating thousands of jobs nationwide, generating billions of dollars in government 18 revenue, providing affordable energy to American consumers, and decreasing dependence on 19 foreign energy; and 20 WHEREAS resource development in the state has benefited rural communities by 21 bringing family-supporting jobs and wages, increased educational opportunities, safe water 22 and wastewater facilities, and expanded health care services to those communities; and 23 WHEREAS, because of resource development, compared with the national average, 24 rural areas of the state experienced greater increases in life expectancy between 1980 and 25 in locations where resource development activities, including oil and gas development, 26 mining, and fisheries operations, have occurred; and 27 WHEREAS safe and responsible oil and gas exploration, development, and 28 production has been demonstrated by over 50 years of activity on the North Slope region 29 without adverse effects on the environment or wildlife populations; and 30 WHEREAS the state's leadership in the nation's energy future includes robust support 31 for the development and implementation of renewable energy systems and sources to ensure
01 that cost-effective energy and power are provided to communities and individuals in the state; 02 and 03 WHEREAS responsible resource development today equips communities in the state 04 to make investments in technology and infrastructure to support the use of renewable sources 05 of energy and power; and 06 WHEREAS the Willow project is an important part of a diverse energy future for the 07 state and the nation; 08 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 09 Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, to maximize the area available for 10 oil and gas leasing and development within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska while 11 conserving and protecting valued fish, wildlife, subsistence, and cultural resources; and be it 12 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges President Biden and 13 the United States Department of the Interior to move forward with final approval of the 14 Willow project by selecting the preferred Alternative E plan, which allows three drill sites, the 15 minimum for the project to remain economically viable; and be it 16 FURTHER RESOLVED that a further delay in approval or construction of the 17 Willow project undermines the values and benefits of the project to the state and its residents 18 and the nation, and is not in the public interest; and be it 19 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 20 Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, when considering management 21 activities related to the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, to take into account the long 22 history of safe and responsible oil and gas development on the North Slope region and the 23 enormous benefits that development of oil and gas resources in the National Petroleum 24 Reserve in Alaska would bring to local communities, tribal governments, the state, and the 25 nation. 26 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, President 27 of the United States; the Honorable Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States and 28 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Deb Haaland, United States Secretary of the 29 Interior; the Honorable Tracy Stone-Manning, Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. 30 Department of the Interior; Steve Cohn, Alaska State Director, Bureau of Land Management, 31 U.S. Department of the Interior; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan
01 Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Mary Peltola, U.S. Representative, members of 02 the Alaska delegation in Congress.