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01:08:26 PM Start
01:09:25 PM Presentation(s): U.s. Arctic Research Commission 2017-18 Goals Report
01:31:42 PM Presentation(s): Expanding Arctic Martime Capacity & Readiness
02:02:45 PM Adjourn
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+ Presentations by: TELECONFERENCED
- Fran Ulmer, US Arctic Research Commission
- Nome Mayor Richard Benneville; Joy Baker, Nome
Port Director; Michael Orr & Thomas Okleasik,
Sitnasuak Native Corp.
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
           HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ARCTIC POLICY,                                                                          
               ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM                                                                              
                         March 7, 2017                                                                                          
                           1:08 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Dean Westlake, Chair                                                                                             
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
Representative David Talerico                                                                                                   
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Mark Neuman                                                                                                      
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
PRESENTATION(S): U.S. ARCTIC RESEARCH COMMISSION 2017-18 GOALS                                                                  
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PRESENTATION(S): EXPANDING ARCTIC MARTIME CAPACITY & READINESS                                                                  
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
FRAN ULMER, Chair                                                                                                               
U.S. Arctic Research Commission                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  During the U.S. Arctic Research Commission                                                               
2017-18 Goals Report PowerPoint presentation, discussed the                                                                     
RICHARD BENNEVELLE, Mayor                                                                                                       
City of Nome                                                                                                                    
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:  Co-Presented the PowerPoint presentation,                                                                
Expanding Arctic Maritime Capacity & Readiness.                                                                                 
JOY BAKER                                                                                                                       
Nome Port Director                                                                                                              
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Co-Presented the  PowerPoint presentation,                                                             
Expanding Arctic Maritime Capacity & Readiness.                                                                                 
UKALLAYSAAG THOMAS OKLEASIK, Vice President, Corporate Affairs                                                                  
Sitnasuak Native Corporation                                                                                                    
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Co-Presented the  PowerPoint presentation,                                                             
Expanding Arctic Maritime Capacity & Readiness.                                                                                 
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
1:08:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DEAN WESTLAKE called the  House Special Committee On Arctic                                                             
Policy,  Economic Development,  and Tourism  meeting to  order at                                                               
1:08 p.m.   Representatives  Josephson, Knopp,  Edgmon, Talerico,                                                               
and Westlake were  present at the call to  order.  Representative                                                               
Edgman arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                  
^PRESENTATION(S): U.S.  ARCTIC RESEARCH COMMISSION  2017-18 GOALS                                                               
        PRESENTATION(S): U.S. ARCTIC RESEARCH COMMISSION                                                                    
                      2017-18 GOALS REPORT                                                                                  
1:09:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WESTLAKE announced  that the first order  of business would                                                               
be a presentation titled, "US  Arctic Research Commission's 2017-                                                               
18 Goals Report."                                                                                                               
1:10:17 PM                                                                                                                    
FRAN ULMER,  Chair, U.S. Arctic  Research Commission,  noted that                                                               
the committee  had previously heard  "a lot of material"  and she                                                               
would  attempt not  to duplicate.    Ms. Ulmer  advised that  the                                                               
Arctic Research Commission was created  by the 1984 Congress, and                                                               
Senator Frank  Murkowski's legislation created the  commission to                                                               
bring the  Arctic's relevance forward  and have  federal agencies                                                               
to  speak to  each other  while listening  to the  people of  the                                                               
Arctic.  She turned to slide  29, and advised that the Commission                                                               
is not like  the National Science Foundation as it  does not have                                                               
money to  give away, it does  not issue permits or  run programs,                                                               
it provides advice and helps  to coordinate the federal agencies'                                                               
research efforts                                                                                                                
MS.  ULMER turned  to slide  30,  and advised  the slide  depicts                                                               
photographs of the commissioners  appointed directly by President                                                               
of the United  States, and they have terms  with specific lengths                                                               
of time.                                                                                                                        
1:12:58 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  ULMER  turned   to  slides  31-32,  and   advised  that  the                                                               
commission produces the  "Report on the Goals  and Objectives for                                                               
Arctic  Research 2017-2018  for  the US  Arctic Research  Program                                                               
Plan."   The  report basically  focuses on  the major  issues the                                                               
commission distilled from listening to  people in the Arctic, the                                                               
research community,  and other people across  the Arctic because,                                                               
by  law, it  is not  solely focused  on the  Alaska piece  of the                                                               
Arctic, but the Arctic as a whole.                                                                                              
MS. ULMER  turned to slide 33,  and advised that the  report this                                                               
year is different because in  addition to talking about the goals                                                               
and explaining why  those issues are the most  important, it also                                                               
advises  of  the accomplishments  thus  far  under those  various                                                               
goals  in   terms  of  federal  Arctic   initiatives  by  federal                                                               
agencies, the National Science Foundation, and universities.                                                                    
1:14:26 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. ULMER  turned to slide 34,  and noted that the  commission is                                                               
working on what  it calls "working groups" which  are a composite                                                               
of  people  in  Alaska  focused  on  water,  mental  health,  and                                                               
renewable energy.  These three  areas tend to come up repeatedly,                                                               
not only  in Alaska but  in other Arctic remote  communities with                                                               
"traditional  technologies"  that  actually  do  not  work  well.                                                               
Alaska needs innovative technologies  that are cheaper, easier to                                                               
maintain, longer lasting, and fill the needs of its people.                                                                     
1:15:37 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. ULMER turned  to slides 35-37, and said the  slides are short                                                               
summaries  of the  three working  groups.   Sanitation remains  a                                                               
huge  issue in  rural  communities where  there  is not  adequate                                                               
fresh water  or sanitation  facilities, and  where the  state has                                                               
seen a  reduction in  federal spending over  the years  even with                                                               
the need.   She related that renewable energy work  is ongoing by                                                               
different  players and  this working  group has  federal, states,                                                               
Alaska, Native,  private sector,  and university  partnerships to                                                               
be certain  they are not  duplicating what is  being accomplished                                                               
in other places.  Suicide remains  a very sad statistic in Alaska                                                               
and people are concerned it is  not making as much progress.  She                                                               
related that  this working  group is  an approach  to determining                                                               
whether  there is  a way  of  measuring early  intervention in  a                                                               
prevention manner,  as opposed to  a crisis intervention  after a                                                               
community had already experienced a series of suicides.                                                                         
1:16:49 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  ULMER  turned   to  slides  37-40,  and   advised  that  the                                                               
Interagency  Arctic Research  Policy Committee  (IARPC) was  also                                                               
created  within  Senator Murkowski's  legislation  in  1984 as  a                                                               
manner in  which to have  federal agencies partner  across agency                                                               
boundaries  while  performing   their  Arctic  science  research.                                                               
These   agencies   include:   National  Aeronautics   and   Space                                                               
Administration   (NASA),   National   Oceanic   and   Atmospheric                                                               
Administration (NOAA),  United States Department of  the Interior                                                               
(DOI),  United  States  Environmental  Protection  Agency  (EPA),                                                               
United  States Navy,  Office of  Naval Research  (ONR), and  many                                                               
other federal agencies  that for one reason or  another, over the                                                               
years, have  both a statutory mission  responsibility with regard                                                               
to  the Arctic,  or  scientific expertise  relevant to  decisions                                                               
that  need to  be made  in  the Arctic.   Every  five years,  she                                                               
explained, the goals  are set by the  Arctic Research Commission,                                                               
and the  research plan is prepared  by IARPC, it then  moves into                                                               
the  Office  of Management  and  Budget  (OMB) to  influence  and                                                               
inform  the way  in which  the  President of  the United  States'                                                               
budget moves  forward in terms  of requesting funding  for Arctic                                                               
1:18:31 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  ULMER turned  to slides  41-44, and  explained that  the new                                                               
Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021 was  released last month.  The new                                                               
plan experienced a lot of  vetting, including the IARPS committee                                                               
visiting Alaska  to receive input  from Alaskans.  She  turned to                                                               
slide  41,  and advised  the  slide  depicts the  four  principle                                                               
drivers for  the research  plan as  follows: enhancing  the well-                                                               
being  of Arctic  residents; advance  stewardship  of the  Arctic                                                               
environment;  strengthen  national  and  regional  security;  and                                                               
improve the understanding of the  Arctic as a component of planet                                                               
Earth.   She  noted that  these four  drivers nicely  reflect the                                                               
National Arctic Strategy adopted in 2013.                                                                                       
MS. ULMER  turned to  slide 43,  and noted it  is organized  in a                                                               
variety of ways, and pointed out  that each of the research areas                                                               
stand on the shoulders of  collaborations moving across agencies,                                                               
but  also involves  the  public.   Information  can  be found  at                                                               
iarpccollaborations.org wherein  the public can  join one  of the                                                               
MS. ULMER  turned to  slides 45-46, and  said the  slides explain                                                               
the  Arctic Council.    It is  fascinating,  she described,  that                                                               
countries such as  Chili, India, and Singapore  are interested in                                                               
the Arctic  for reasons such  as, shipping, tourism, oil  and gas                                                               
development, and national security.                                                                                             
1:22:20 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  ULMER  turned   to  slides  48-51,  and   advised  that  two                                                               
agreements  have been  adopted  due  to the  work  of the  Arctic                                                               
Council, which  are: search and  rescue, and oil  spill response.                                                               
The  upcoming  meeting  of  the  May  Ministerial  in  Fairbanks,                                                               
hopefully, will  see the adoption  of the newest  third agreement                                                               
on international science.   She referred to  the "US Chairmanship                                                               
Theme,"  and  said  it addresses  climate  change,  Arctic  Ocean                                                               
stewardship, and improving economic  and living conditions in the                                                               
Arctic.  Slide 51 depicts the  upcoming dates of interest and she                                                               
explained the events.                                                                                                           
1:22:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. ULMER turned  to slides 52-53, and said the  2016 White House                                                               
Arctic  Science  Ministerial  was  held in  Washington,  D.C.  in                                                               
September  and  was the  first  time  the  United States  or  any                                                               
country had held  an Arctic Science Ministerial  for 25 countries                                                               
at  the  same  level  as   the  heads  of  the  National  Science                                                               
Foundation.   The focus of the  themes are depicted on  slide 52,                                                               
and a  number of products came  out of that event,  including new                                                               
research  partnerships and  a summary  of what  each of  those 25                                                               
countries are  doing in  Arctic science.   Each of  the countries                                                               
were asked  to provide  two pages as  to what it  was doing  as a                                                               
country in Arctic  science, who was doing it, how  was it funded,                                                               
what  were  its  priorities,  and  how  did  it  relate  to  each                                                               
country's national objectives.   "Supporting Arctic Science" is a                                                               
useful  resource document  not only  for the  research community,                                                               
but for  nations to see  what other nations  are doing as  to the                                                               
1:24:22 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. ULMER turned to slide  54, and drew the committee's attention                                                               
to www.arctic.gov, and  advised it is the website  for the Arctic                                                               
Research  Commission   and  includes  the  IARPC   5-year  Arctic                                                               
Research  Plan, the  goals report,  information  about the  White                                                               
House Arctic  Science Ministerial,  what each country  was doing,                                                               
and everything she  spoke about today.  She  suggested signing up                                                               
for the  Arctic Update which  provides a view, every  single day,                                                               
as to what is going on in Arctic science.                                                                                       
1:26:27 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP said  he appreciated  the  sites Ms.  Ulmer                                                               
offered which includes the people engaged in the Arctic.                                                                        
MS.  ULMER   related  that   other  areas   of  the   Arctic  are                                                               
experiencing the  same type of  changes as Alaska.   Every Arctic                                                               
meeting reveals: the changes, whether  it has thawing permafrost,                                                               
retreat  of the  sea ice,  the fact  that winter  comes late  and                                                               
spring come early,  and all of these indicators  exist across the                                                               
Arctic.   The documentation  of these issues  and the  attempt to                                                               
understand  the implications  for  humans, as  well  as the  eco-                                                               
system, is  the focus of the  work being performed by  the Arctic                                                               
eight nations, and  all of those 25 Arctic  nations attending the                                                               
science ministerial.                                                                                                            
1:28:02 PM                                                                                                                    
The committee took an at-ease from 1:28 p.m. to 1:31 p.m.                                                                       
^PRESENTATION(S): EXPANDING ARCTIC MARTIME CAPACITY & READINESS                                                                 
 PRESENTATION(S): EXPANDING ARCTIC MARTIME CAPACITY & READINESS                                                             
1:31:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WESTLAKE announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be a  presentation titled, "Expanding Arctic  Maritime Capacity &                                                               
1:32:14 PM                                                                                                                    
RICHARD BENNEVELLE, Mayor, City of  Nome, turned to slides 55-57,                                                               
referred to  the Port of Nome  and the expansion to  a deep-water                                                               
port, and  said the City  of Nome is perched  at the edge  of the                                                               
Bering Strait.   The Port  of Nome has  been in existence  for 32                                                               
years,  it turns  a profit,  and its  infrastructure includes:  a                                                               
regional hospital,  350 miles of  roads, and  alternative runways                                                               
at  its  airports.    Alaska   has  more  than  one-half  of  the                                                               
coastlines of  the entire United  States of America and  with its                                                               
strategic  location many  things are  happening.   Western Alaska                                                               
benefits  from the  Port of  Nome with  53 communities  traveling                                                               
from Bethel to Point Barrow for commerce.                                                                                       
1:37:12 PM                                                                                                                    
JOY BAKER, Nome Port Director,  advised that the Sitnasuak Native                                                               
Corporation (SNC)  has been  a "great partner"  with the  City of                                                               
Nome in joining forces to  pursue the development of a deep-water                                                               
port in Nome.                                                                                                                   
1:37:58 PM                                                                                                                    
UKALLAYSAAG THOMAS  OKLEASIK, Vice President,  Corporate Affairs,                                                               
Sitnasuak Native  Corporation, advised that slide  57 depicts the                                                               
Sitnasuak  Native Corporation  (SNC) who  is partnering  with the                                                               
City of  Nome for the development  of a deep-water port.   Today,                                                               
SNC is  one of the  largest corporations and is  headquartered in                                                               
the  City of  Nome  but  also has  operations  in Anchorage,  the                                                               
Matanuska-Susitna Valley,  California, Virginia, and  Porto Rico.                                                               
The Franklin D. Oleosin, Sr.  Tank Farm Facility is a shore-based                                                               
bulk  fuel  storage, at  6  million  gallons,  "and it  was  only                                                               
possible with the port expansion" which  opened it up for the SNC                                                               
to  expand and  provide the  important service  of safety  of the                                                               
marine shore-based refueling versus off-shore refueling.                                                                        
1:39:38 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. BAKER turned  to slide 58, and  reiterated previous testimony                                                               
that  the  Arctic   is  changing  quickly  as   to  the  traffic,                                                               
development of  the many different resources  off-shore, Graphite                                                               
One  is being  developed  for export  at the  Port  of Nome,  the                                                               
onshore CBQ  with Norton Sound Economic  Development Corporation,                                                               
and  the fisheries  continues to  grow with  a home  port fishing                                                               
fleet working  out of  the City  of Nome.   The  City of  Nome is                                                               
preparing and  making changes as it  can in order to  address the                                                               
increased demand and growth.                                                                                                    
1:40:52 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. BENNEVELLE turned  to slide 59, and advised  that the tourism                                                               
demands on the City of Nome  are about 6-7 cruise ships per year,                                                               
people fly in  or take the railroad, or arrive  for the Iditarod.                                                               
The sense  of history and what  is happening in the  Far North is                                                               
real to those visiting the City of Nome, he commented.                                                                          
MS. BAKER turned  to slides 60-61, and noted that  it depicts the                                                               
City of  Nome's traffic  since 1995, and  the trend  continues to                                                               
increase  over time  with anchor  traffic  showing a  significant                                                               
jump in 2016,  387 vessels this summer is a  138 percent increase                                                               
over 2015.   She  explained that  it includes:  research traffic;                                                               
cargo vessels; gravel export to  Hooper Bay, and anchored traffic                                                               
for four  and five tanker vessels  transferring fuel ship-to-ship                                                               
and ship-to-shore.   Ms. Baker explained that slide  61 depicts a                                                               
one-day snapshot,  on July  23, 2016,  this is  a typical  day in                                                               
July and August for vessel traffic off  of the City of Nome.  She                                                               
describes  it  as "musical  docking"  to  accommodate all  ships'                                                               
resupply needs  and get  the ships  into the  three docks  on the                                                               
causeway.  The average occupancy for  2016 was 74 percent for the                                                               
port docks, and in July it was 92 percent.                                                                                      
1:45:25 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. BENNEVELLE  commented that when  Shell Oil "pulled  out" many                                                               
people thought that was the end  of the Arctic, which was untrue.                                                               
He said, the future  is here in a real sense and,  as a state and                                                               
nation,  people  need  to  be  ready  for  events  down-the-road.                                                               
During his  meeting with the  Corp. of Engineers, he  was advised                                                               
that it  decided to make  a known  port specific study  using the                                                               
data gathered over  the three-years it reviewed ports  to the Far                                                               
North.  He said, "We are a go for the Corp. of Engineers."                                                                      
1:46:48 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO referred to slide  61, and asked what the                                                               
passengers would do, what they were looking at in port.                                                                         
MR.  BENNEVELLE  responded that  those  ships  are not  passenger                                                               
ships, most  are tankers or  other related businesses.   The City                                                               
of  Nome receives  approximately 2,400  tourists a  year who  had                                                               
previously  asked about  gold and  dogs, and  now they  ask about                                                               
climate  change and  Native culture.   The  City of  Nome exports                                                               
millions of tons of gravel to  projects all over the state, which                                                               
shows the vitality  of the region, town, and  the industry around                                                               
the town.                                                                                                                       
1:48:33 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. BENNEVELLE  responded to Representative Talerico  that he was                                                               
looking at a vessel on the slide.                                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  noted a  lot of  marine traffic  that he                                                               
did not know was there.                                                                                                         
MR. BENNEVELLE remarked that when  Senator Lisa Murkowski visited                                                               
the City  of Nome last summer  she was surprised to  see 12 ships                                                               
in  port, and  he commented  that  the City  of Nome  has a  huge                                                               
amount of  fuel coming in and  exporting out to the  regions from                                                               
"Bethel up."                                                                                                                    
1:49:54 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. OKLEASIK turned  to slide 62, and  explained that preparation                                                               
and  community  engagement  are   key  to  the  changing  Arctic.                                                               
Preparation  includes working  with the  industry and  its users,                                                               
involving  communities for  barges, fuel,  equipment, goods,  and                                                               
the  region's fishing  vessels.   He  said a  big  change is  the                                                               
global   traffic,  the   cruise  ships,   and  making   sure  the                                                               
communities are  engaged.  He commended  the City of Nome  in its                                                               
vision 32-years ago to invest in  a port and its development over                                                               
the years,  and commented  that as  to the  environmental impacts                                                               
and the  impacts to  subsistence, the  community is  fortunate to                                                               
have  a  Port  Commission  with  local  people  sitting  on  that                                                               
commission who have, over time,  been able to work through issues                                                               
as a  community.   Some of  the issues are  larger now,  they are                                                               
global in nature  with tankers off-shore, and it  is engaged with                                                               
the  state and  federal governments  and industry.   The  City of                                                               
Nome has a lot of that engagement in place currently.                                                                           
1:51:21 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. BAKER  turned to  slide 63,  and said  the slide  depicts the                                                               
typical  off-load  of  cargo,  10-15  barges  per  year  for  the                                                               
mainline cargo  arriving from Seattle  and Anchorage.   The docks                                                               
can  get congested  and  fill  up, the  picture  shows two  cargo                                                               
barges  working side-by-side  rafting  in order  to discharge  to                                                               
shore and get their southbound loads backloaded onto the barges.                                                                
MS. BAKER  turned to  slide 64,  and said  the slide  depicts the                                                               
City of  Nome's infrastructure growth  beginning in 1925  - 2016,                                                               
and  that  in  1985,  the   City  of  Nome  was  instrumental  in                                                               
developing the  causeway itself as  well as the  ongoing projects                                                               
that built  the docks, industrial  pads, and  additional floating                                                               
docks.  As the demand has  increased, the City of Nome has worked                                                               
to meet that  demand and build the  necessary infrastructure, but                                                               
not without considerable commitment from its funding partners.                                                                  
MS.  BAKER turned  to slide  65, and  noted that  it reflects  an                                                               
example of some  of the ships encountered in  port, including the                                                               
Canadian Navy for  its resupply and two NOAA ships.   The ship in                                                               
red  is  called  a  "dock-wise  vessel"  and  is  actually  semi-                                                               
submersible  allowing it  to  sink and  load  smaller ships  from                                                               
"down  south," carry  the smaller  ships to  the north,  sink the                                                               
vessel, and float the smaller ships off of the vessel.                                                                          
1:54:45 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  OKLEASIK  turned  to  slide 66,  advised  that  the  picture                                                               
depicts the infrastructure in place.   The City of Nome Port is a                                                               
developed port with  a whole network of services, such  as a U.S.                                                               
Customs  agent, TSA,  regional airport,  hospital, National  Park                                                               
Service, the  City of  Kawerak Visitors  Center, and  museums, he                                                               
described.  This port is  cost-effective in expansion and because                                                               
it achieved  its potential at  the 90  percent mark, and  it just                                                               
needs that last 10 percent.   The expansion of this port leads to                                                               
a  domino  effect in  allowing  other  Arctic ports  to  develop,                                                               
particularly the exportation of gravel and rock.                                                                                
1:56:29 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. OKLEASIK turned  to slide 67 and explained that  it is beyond                                                               
shore  infrastructure, and  noted  that in  green  it read  "Fuel                                                               
Header" which  is directly connected  from the storage  tanks and                                                               
it can be connected to a  high-speed unit to refuel ships through                                                               
the Nome Port.  Bonanza Fuel  is the subsidiary with the capacity                                                               
services  and  availability  and  is owned  by  Sitnasuak  Native                                                               
Corporation (SNC).  He offered  that this has become an important                                                               
market for the marine business in  order to have a safe manner in                                                               
which to  refuel, but  also because SNC  is a  Native Corporation                                                               
based in  Alaska.  Therefore,  he explained, the marine  fuel and                                                               
sales it  performs is part  of a sustainable  development because                                                               
when SNC puts its shareholders to  work, it puts its community to                                                               
work,  and when  it pays  dividends,  it pays  out in  Nome.   He                                                               
highlighted that  the SNC is working  with its port to  make sure                                                               
it provides the  services and capacity needed, but  also that the                                                               
benefit goes directly back into the Arctic.                                                                                     
1:57:54 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. BENNEVELLE  commented that some  ports are  industry specific                                                               
or military specific, and the beauty  of the Port of Nome is that                                                               
it  is a  community  of the  region and  of  Western Alaska,  and                                                               
Western Alaska  has a lot to  offer to the future  and economy of                                                               
the state.  The state  is going through difficult financial times                                                               
but, he  said, sometimes it  is important  to step back  and look                                                               
further down the road and see the larger picture.                                                                               
1:59:00 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  BAKER turned  to slide  68, and  advised that  the Corp.  of                                                               
Engineers selected  the City of  Nome as the  most cost-effective                                                               
site to develop for the first  Arctic deep-draft port.  The Corp.                                                               
of Engineers,  in its  decision to  rescope the  regional study's                                                               
data  for the  Nome site  into a  Nome specific  study, will  now                                                               
proceed forward under  the new provision provided  under the WIIN                                                               
Act, which  includes the Water Resources  Development Act (WRDA),                                                               
allowing for  the consideration of  the viability of  the region.                                                               
It will also  allow other mitigating factors in  the project site                                                               
development that support the strategic  element of protecting the                                                               
resources in the Arctic, and the Arctic itself.                                                                                 
2:00:02 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. BAKER turned to slides 69-73,  and said the slides depict the                                                               
elements of  what the expansion  would be, such  as, 2,000-2,500-                                                               
foot extension  in the Armor Breakwater,  optimizing the existing                                                               
Outer Harbor Basin  down to minus 28 feet,  thereby, allowing the                                                               
port to capture  a number of vessels being missed  currently by a                                                               
few feet  of depth.   In addition to taking  the dock down  to 36                                                               
feet, it will  bring in all of the tanker  traffic that currently                                                               
transfer ship-to-ship  off-shore, as well as  the larger military                                                               
vessels, into the dock for resupply.                                                                                            
2:00:47 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  BENNEVELLE concluded  the presentation  by underscoring  the                                                               
existing  traffic,  businesses coming  into  Alaska  or at  least                                                               
traveling by  Alaska, and described  that this is the  future for                                                               
Alaskans and the country.                                                                                                       
2:01:41 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO referred to  the port buildout, and asked                                                               
Mr. Bonneville whether he sees that  as a substitute for the need                                                               
of another port further north.                                                                                                  
MR.  BENNEVELLE  responded  that  there  will  be  infrastructure                                                               
further north,  but it  has to  start someplace  and the  City of                                                               
Nome is  perfectly positioned to meet  that first step.   Yes, he                                                               
said, there will be further infrastructure.                                                                                     
2:02:45 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Special Committee On Arctic Policy, Economic Development, and                                                                   
Tourism meeting was adjourned at 2:03 p.m.                                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
City-SNC Port of Nome Presentation House Arctic-ED-Tourism Comm March 2017.pdf HAET 3/7/2017 1:00:00 PM
Fran Ulmer Update for Alaska Legislature.pdf HAET 3/7/2017 1:00:00 PM