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03/20/2020 01:00 PM RESOURCES

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01:02:50 PM Start
01:04:43 PM Confirmation Hearing(s):|| Big Game Commercial Services Board|| Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
02:06:45 PM Adjourn
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+ Presentation: Wildfires in Alaska with a TELECONFERENCED
Changing Climate by
- Brian Brettschneider, Research Assoc.,
University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Chris Maisch, State Forester, Director of Div.
of Forestry, Dept. of Natural Resources
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-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission -
Jeremy Price
Big Game Commercial Services Board - Peter Buist
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+= HB 280 INVASIVE SPECIES IN STATE WATER; COUNCIL TELECONFERENCED
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 20, 2020                                                                                         
                           1:02 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative John Lincoln, Co-Chair (via teleconference)                                                                      
Representative Geran Tarr, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Grier Hopkins, Vice Chair                                                                                        
Representative Sara Hannan                                                                                                      
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Sara Rasmussen                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Peter Buist - Fairbanks                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Jeremy Price - Anchorage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PETER BUIST, Appointee                                                                                                          
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the Big Game                                                                   
Commercial Services Board.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JEREMY PRICE, Appointee                                                                                                         
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the Alaska Oil                                                                 
and Gas Conservation Commission.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JESSIE CHMIELOWSKI, Petroleum Engineering Commissioner                                                                          
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support during the                                                                          
confirmation hearing of Jeremy Price, Appointee to the Alaska                                                                   
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DAN SEAMOUNT, Geologist Commissioner                                                                                            
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support during the                                                                          
confirmation hearing of Jeremy Price, Appointee to the Alaska                                                                   
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:02:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  GERAN   TARR  called   the  House   Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at   1:02  p.m.    Representatives                                                               
Spohnholz,    Talerico,    Hannan,    Hopkins,    Lincoln    (via                                                               
teleconference),  and Tarr  were present  at the  call to  order.                                                               
Representatives Tuck and  Rauscher arrived as the  meeting was in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
^Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                             
^Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                                                     
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
               Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                           
           Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:04:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR announced  the  only order  of  business would  be                                                               
confirmation hearings  for the governor's  appointees to  the Big                                                               
Game  Commercial  Services  Board  and the  Alaska  Oil  and  Gas                                                               
Conservation Commission.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:05:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETER  BUIST,  Appointee,  Big Game  Commercial  Services  Board,                                                               
informed  the committee  that  he was  a  fifty-year resident  of                                                               
Fairbanks   with    degrees   in   biology    and   environmental                                                               
conservation.   He  retired from  a thirty-year  career with  the                                                               
Alaska  Department  of  Natural  Resources  (DNR)  as  a  natural                                                               
resource  officer, firefighter,  forester, and  master guide,  he                                                               
added.  He  has served on the Alaska Board  of Game, twice served                                                               
on  the Big  Game Commercial  Services  Board, and  on the  Guide                                                               
Licensing and Control Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:06:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  asked  Mr.  Buist  for  whom  he  worked,                                                               
because it was stated on his  application that he was a member of                                                               
the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BUIST  replied  that  as  a  retired  Division  of  Forestry                                                               
employee,  he   sometimes  worked  seasonally  as   an  emergency                                                               
firefighter for  DNR.   In response to  a follow-up  question, he                                                               
confirmed that  he was a  DNR employee  with the State  of Alaska                                                               
and not  a federal  employee with the  Bureau of  Land Management                                                               
(BLM).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:07:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  LINCOLN  referred  to  the  conflict  with  subsistence                                                               
animals and  other big game animals,  and the concept of  a guide                                                               
concession program on state land.   He asked Mr. Buist whether he                                                               
had any experience with or thoughts on these matters.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. BUIST  replied that  he has  had experience at  DNR and  as a                                                               
guide.   He  said  he held  a federal  concession  in the  Arctic                                                               
National Wildlife  Refuge and supports  the idea of  a concession                                                               
system.   He added it  should not be  administered by DNR,  as he                                                               
understood how DNR viewed commercial use of state land.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:09:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   HANNAN  asked   what  state   agency  would   be                                                               
appropriate and  mentioned the Alaska  Department of Fish  & Game                                                               
(ADF&G)  and the  Department of  Commerce,  Community &  Economic                                                               
Development (DCCED),  as concessions  are usually described  as a                                                               
land management allocation.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. BUIST  replied that ADF&G  would be most appropriate,  and he                                                               
was  almost certain  ADF&G did  not want  it.   In that  case, he                                                               
said, DCCED would be the most appropriate administrator.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:10:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  opened  public   testimony  on  the  confirmation                                                               
hearing  of  Peter Buist  to  the  Big Game  Commercial  Services                                                               
Board.   After ascertaining  that no one  wished to  testify, she                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. BUIST expressed that he was glad to be of service.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:12:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEREMY  PRICE,   Appointee,  Alaska  Oil  and   Gas  Conservation                                                               
Commission (AOGCC), related that he  currently serves as chair to                                                               
the  commission.   He  informed  the  committee  he was  born  in                                                               
Fairbanks  and worked  for his  family's electrical  construction                                                               
business  on  the North  Slope,  installing  lighting systems  at                                                               
rural  airports  and  running conduit  at  military  installation                                                               
sites in  the Interior.  He  moved to Washington, D.C.,  in hopes                                                               
of becoming a  strong voice for Alaskans on Capitol  Hill, and in                                                               
his  nine  years  as  a  legislative  assistant  developed  broad                                                               
experience  in oil  and gas  issues.   Mr. Price  stated that  he                                                               
prepared his boss for Congressional  oversight hearings after the                                                               
Macondo  Well Deepwater  Horizon Blowout,  helped the  Cook Inlet                                                               
Regional  Citizens'  Advisory  Council  secure  legislation  that                                                               
required  oil  tankers  transiting  Prince William  Sound  to  be                                                               
accompanied  by escorts  consisting of  two tugboats,  and helped                                                               
the  Army Corps  of  Engineers and  the Environmental  Protection                                                               
Agency understand  that a bridge  was better for  the environment                                                               
than a buried pipeline.  He  has helped represent all segments of                                                               
the oil  and gas industry, he  said.  He has  degrees in business                                                               
and  in government,  the latter  from  Johns Hopkins  University,                                                               
where  his  thesis  was  on  conventional  and  renewable  energy                                                               
subsidies.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:15:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE returned to Alaska in  2014 with his family to open the                                                               
state chapter  of Americans for Prosperity,  an organization that                                                               
advocates for removing  barriers to opportunity.  In  his role he                                                               
frequently provided  public testimony.   He  was hired  as deputy                                                               
chief of staff  after the election of Governor  Mike Dunleavy, he                                                               
related.    The  mission  of  AOGCC  is  to  protect  underground                                                               
freshwater  sources,   he  said,  and  ensure   greater  ultimate                                                               
recovery  after  unsafe drilling  practices.    He related  facts                                                               
about  underwater contamination  including  how  AOGCC, with  the                                                               
help of  the EPA,  has been able  to successfully  administer the                                                               
underground  injection control  program for  more than  30 years.                                                               
He related more accomplishments of  AOGCC, especially in terms of                                                               
Alaska's  robust requirements  for  bonding wells  which are  the                                                               
highest in  the U.S.   Mr.  Price said that  he desired  to serve                                                               
Alaskans  and responsibly  develop resources  for the  benefit of                                                               
the people.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:17:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ asked  Mr. Price  how he  was qualified                                                               
for his role at AOGCC.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE  replied that during  his time in Washington,  D.C., he                                                               
had  been  in   a  policy  aide  role   which  included  drafting                                                               
legislation, reviewing  regulations, and providing  amendments to                                                               
bills.   He related that he  has a great deal  of experience with                                                               
law,  admitted  that  engineering   was  not  his  strength,  and                                                               
expressed  gratitude  for  the   support  he  has  received  from                                                               
accomplished commissioners.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ asked  why, given the fact  the price of                                                               
oil had dropped again, Mr. Price  thought it would be a good idea                                                               
to  change any  regulations  or provide  exemptions from  bonding                                                               
requirements to companies.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRICE replied  that  AOGCC  had held  hearings  but has  not                                                               
decided  on  adjustments  and  did  not  expect  to  change  from                                                               
regulations that were finalized and put in place last year.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SPOHNHOLZ   asked   whether  Mr.   Price   would                                                               
recommend,  as an  individual commissioner  separate from  AOGCC,                                                               
exemptions from bonding requirements for companies.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:21:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE  replied he was  unable to say  at this time  and would                                                               
have to wait until orders were issued.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ  asked  whether the  current  low-price                                                               
environment  gave Mr.  Price any  pause  regarding the  financial                                                               
sustainability of some of the smaller companies in Alaska.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied  that economic conditions were not  part of the                                                               
criteria looked at  by AOGCC.  He added that  companies were able                                                               
to argue they  could not make the  bond, but it was  not the role                                                               
of AOGCC to make those assumptions or calculations.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ  repeated that her question  was whether                                                               
the current low-price environment put  some companies at risk for                                                               
financial stability  and whether  bonding was a  backstop against                                                               
that risk.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE responded  that said he would not be  surprised if some                                                               
companies had to file for bankruptcy  over the low prices, and he                                                               
agreed  that   bonding  amounts  protected  public   interest  of                                                               
Alaskans.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:24:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked what Mr.  Price's role with AOGCC would                                                               
be if it were not to look at economic factors.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRICE  answered  that  his  role would  be  to  ensure  both                                                               
correlative  rights and  drinking water  sources were  protected.                                                               
He added  that AOGCC wanted  to ensure  zero waste and  safety in                                                               
development and production.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  asked   whether  that  included  maximizing                                                               
benefits for Alaskans.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied that it  did include "enhancing total recovery"                                                               
within  AOGCC regulations.   He  gave, as  an example,  a way  of                                                               
ensuring operators were not wasting oil or gas.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked  which months Mr. Price  had worked for                                                               
the American Petroleum Institute (API).                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE  replied that he  was at API from  2013 to 2014  but he                                                               
would have to check which months.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK noted  that  January 2013  to December  2014                                                               
would be more impressive than December  2013 to January 2014.  He                                                               
asked Mr.  Price the  title of  his master's  thesis and  to what                                                               
conclusions he had come.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRICE replied  that he  would report  back to  the committee                                                               
with his  thesis title, and that  in it he had  advocated against                                                               
subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK observed  that it  was Mr.  Price's master's                                                               
thesis, which he opined was "kind of a big deal."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied that while  his thesis was a 100-page document,                                                               
he had written it  10 years ago.  He added  that he would provide                                                               
a copy to the committee.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:27:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  asked whether Mr. Price  was familiar with                                                               
per-  and  polyfluoroalkyl  substances  (PFAS)  contamination  of                                                               
drinking  water  and  the   petroleum  industry's  allowance  for                                                               
petroleum developers to use flame retardant chemicals for PFAS.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE said he was  familiar with perfluorooctanesulfonic acid                                                               
(PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)  as they had occurred in                                                               
rural   airports   throughout   the   state   and   in   military                                                               
installations.  He said he had  not come across them on the North                                                               
Slope or Cook Inlet.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  said her  understanding was that  PFAS was                                                               
the primary component  for fire response on the  North Slope, and                                                               
she would  like to  know what  AOGCC was doing  to get  away from                                                               
PFOS and  PFOA flame  retardants, because  they do  not decompose                                                               
and thus permanently damaged water's drinkability.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE said he would be happy to look more into the issue.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:30:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  asked what Mr.  Price had been  engaged in                                                               
at AOGCC in terms of protecting drinking water.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied every time an  operator applied for a permit to                                                               
drill  or a  request to  enter  or reenter  wells, AOGCC  ensured                                                               
proper plans and procedures from  the operator had been obtained.                                                               
Steps   were   taken   to  ensure   multiple   barriers   between                                                               
hydrocarbons  and underground  water drinking  water sources,  he                                                               
said.  Formation integrity tests  were required, he added.  There                                                               
had  been   no  documentation  that   drinking  water   had  been                                                               
contaminated, Mr. Price said.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:32:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LINCOLN  asked whether Mr.  Price was familiar  with the                                                               
concept  of  prior  liability on  decommissioning,  removal,  and                                                               
restoration (DR&R) for  wells and whether he had  any thoughts to                                                               
share on the topic.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE answered that he had  no opinion on that specific draft                                                               
legislation.  As he understood it,  he stated, the concept was to                                                               
hold prior  owners of wells  liable in certain  circumstances; he                                                               
was   unsure  whether   it  was   something  needed   in  Alaska.                                                               
California and  Kansas had  the legislation  in place,  he added,                                                               
also stating that he was still learning about the issue.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:34:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  LINCOLN asked  whether  Mr. Price  knew what  motivated                                                               
California and Kansas to implement the legislation.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied he did not have the details or exact history.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  LINCOLN asked  whether there  had been  an incident  in                                                               
Alaska in which  an operator had abandoned a  well without taking                                                               
care of it and the bonds had not been enough to cover the cost.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied there had been  an incident in Cook Inlet which                                                               
became  the  impetus  for prioritizing  the  raising  of  bonding                                                               
amounts.   The landowner  had had  to come up  with the  money to                                                               
properly  plug and  abandon  the wells,  Mr.  Price related,  and                                                               
AOGCC had  acted before further  liabilities occurred.   This was                                                               
expected to  occur more frequently  as fields matured  and larger                                                               
operators  sold assets  to  smaller independents.    He added  he                                                               
would  like to  see AOGCC  move forward  with at  least six  more                                                               
requests as well as have conversations with DNR on the matter.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:37:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK asked  Mr.  Price what  questions he  needed                                                               
answered before he came up with an opinion regarding DR&R.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE  replied specific amounts within  DR&R agreements would                                                               
be helpful to AOGCC.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  asked if Mr.  Price had any  questions about                                                               
DR&R.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied there had  been other mechanisms states used to                                                               
pay for well  abandonment.  In Texas there  were multiple revenue                                                               
streams  used for  plugging  wells.   When  AOGCC  levied a  fine                                                               
against an operator, the money from  the fine went to the general                                                               
fund, he  stated.  There were  many orphan wells in  other states                                                               
which did  not have the  legislation in place, Mr.  Price stated,                                                               
and he would like to "take a page out of their playbooks."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:40:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK said AOGCC brought  the issue of legacy wells                                                               
to  the committee's  attention, and  he would  think it  would be                                                               
AOGCC's role  to look at  what the DR&R was.   He stated  that it                                                               
would be nice to know how big "the IOU" was.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE replied that AOGCC was  mindful of the issue and sought                                                               
to work with  DNR and BLM.   He said AOGCC was  interested in BLM                                                               
working  with its  own experts,  but  the problem  was that  BLM,                                                               
though  receptive to  working with  AOGCC, has  made mistakes  in                                                               
plugging wells,  and the work had  had to be redone  by AOGCC, he                                                               
related.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked whether Mr.  Price referred only to BLM                                                               
or to industry in general.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRICE replied  that when  wells  were on  state land,  AOGCC                                                               
could  ensure they  met plugging  and  abandonment criteria,  but                                                               
there  was not  as much  control  when this  occurred on  federal                                                               
land.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:43:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  asked  Mr.  Price  whether  there  was  a                                                               
conflict between  his work "removing barriers  to opportunity" in                                                               
his  role at  Americans for  Prosperity and  his role  overseeing                                                               
complex industry  at AOGCC and  whether he could explain  how his                                                               
philosophy regarding  the government's oversight  obligations may                                                               
have changed when taking on the latter.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRICE admitted  they  were  two very  different  roles.   He                                                               
clarified  that when  he referenced  barriers  to opportunity  at                                                               
Americans for Prosperity,  he never advocated for  any rules that                                                               
negatively  impacted health  and  safety.   In  the  new role  at                                                               
AOGCC, his  primary responsibility was  to ensure work  was being                                                               
done in  a safe and  environmentally conscious way in  Alaska, so                                                               
he did not feel there was any contradiction.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:45:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RAUSCHER asked  Mr. Price to explain  why he chose                                                               
to  work  for AOGCC  and  what  he  saw  as his  purpose  looking                                                               
forward.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE  responded that he  was interested in the  role because                                                               
he  loved  serving Alaskans  both  in  Washington, D.C.,  and  in                                                               
Alaska, and he has always enjoyed  working on oil and gas issues.                                                               
He  added  he  has  personally  ushered AOGCC  into  the  age  of                                                               
conducting business electronically and  has thus already improved                                                               
efficiency.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:49:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  asked Mr.  Price what  would be  done in  terms of                                                               
appropriate measures taken regarding the changing climate.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE  replied that  climate was  a priority.   He  said last                                                               
year British  Petroleum (BP) plugged  the worst of  wells causing                                                               
permafrost  subsidence and  thus compromising  integrity when  it                                                               
came to well casings.  Fourteen  wells were flagged to be plugged                                                               
by AOGCC, and there was another  tier being looked at; wells back                                                               
to the 1970s  showing issues are a standing issue  with AOGCC, he                                                               
stated.  Elevation changes are  being monitored by all operators;                                                               
BP  and Conoco  Phillips are  among those  operators experiencing                                                               
this issue.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR   asked  whether  AOGCC  was   collaborating  with                                                               
university researchers  or anyone  else who  could use  the data,                                                               
adding that due to budget cuts a lot of research has stopped.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRICE  answered   he  was  unaware  of   research  with  the                                                               
University of Alaska  (UA) but could investigate it  and get back                                                               
to the committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR said  even beyond research, which  may fall outside                                                               
AOGCC's jurisdiction,  there should be  more data sharing,  and a                                                               
collaboration with the operators may be a good place to start.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRICE said  AOGCC wanted to ensure all  operators and elected                                                               
officials were aware of what  was occurring, and he was committed                                                               
to sharing as much as he could.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:55:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  opened  public   testimony  on  the  confirmation                                                               
hearing of  Jeremy Price to  the Alaska Oil and  Gas Conservation                                                               
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:55:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSIE  CHMIELOWSKI, Petroleum  Engineering Commissioner,  Alaska                                                               
Oil and Gas  Conservation Commission, said most of  the work done                                                               
at  AOGCC was  highly  technical  in nature,  and  Mr. Price  was                                                               
resourceful and engaged in learning.   Ms. Chmielowski added that                                                               
Mr.  Price  was  well-connected  in Alaska,  which  helped  AOGCC                                                               
achieve its goals.   She related that in 2019,  AOGCC updated its                                                               
bonding  requirements, and  Mr. Price  had been  fair, impartial,                                                               
and supportive throughout the process.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:58:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN  SEAMOUNT,   Geologist  Commissioner,   said  Mr.   Price  is                                                               
hardworking,  energetic,  and  highly qualified.    Mr.  Seamount                                                               
echoed Ms.  Chmielowski's assessment of Mr.  Price's fairness and                                                               
impartiality and  stated that Mr.  Price had the  public interest                                                               
of Alaskans in the forefront of his  mind when it came to oil and                                                               
gas.   He added Mr. Price  was easy to  work with in that  he was                                                               
willing to change his mind on  an issue.  Mr. Seamount reiterated                                                               
Mr. Price's qualifications.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:02:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SEAMOUNT informed  the  committee Mr.  Price  left the  U.S.                                                               
Senate in  2013 to work for  API, on which AOGCC  relies and from                                                               
which AOGCC has  adopted standards as regulations.   Mr. Seamount                                                               
repeated his recommendation for Mr. Price's appointment.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:03:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR,  after  ascertaining  no one  further  wished  to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:05:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN read a statement of intent as follows:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The    resources    committee    has    reviewed    the                                                                    
     qualifications  of  the governor's  appointees,  Jeremy                                                                    
     Price   to  the   Alaska  Oil   and  Gas   Conservation                                                                    
     Commission and  Peter Buist to the  Big Game Commercial                                                                    
     Services  Board  and  recommends   that  the  names  be                                                                    
     forwarded  to a  joint session  of the  legislature for                                                                    
     consideration.  This does not  reflect intent by any of                                                                    
     the members  to vote  for or against  these individuals                                                                    
     during  any further  sessions for  the purpose  of this                                                                    
     confirmation.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
[The confirmations of Peter Buist to the Big Game Commercial                                                                    
Services Board and Jeremy Price to the Alaska Oil and Gas                                                                       
Conservation Commission were considered advanced.]                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:06:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Resources Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 2:07 p.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Jeremy Price Resume_Redacted.pdf HRES 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price
Big Game Commercial Services Peter Buist Resume.pdf HRES 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Peter Buist
Jeremy Price - letter of support AOGCC - 1-28-2020.PDF HRES 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price
Peter Buist Bio for House Resources Confirmation Hearing 3.19.20.pdf HRES 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Peter Buist
Jim Udelhoven ltr of support - Price 3.20.20.pdf HRES 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Confirmation - Jeremy Price
Murkowski and Young ltr of support - Price 3.20.20.pdf HRES 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Confirmation - Jeremy Price
PWSRCAC ltr of support - Price 3.20.20.pdf HRES 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
Confirmation - Jeremy Price