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03/15/2021 01:00 PM RESOURCES

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01:04:32 PM Start
01:05:23 PM Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
01:36:21 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- Big Game Commercial Services Board :
Peter Buist, Michael Flores, Aaron Bloomquist,
Ely Cyrus, & Martin Boniek
- Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission:
Jeremy Price
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 15, 2021                                                                                         
                           1:04 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Josiah Patkotak, Chair                                                                                           
Representative Grier Hopkins, Vice Chair (via teleconference)                                                                   
Representative Calvin Schrage                                                                                                   
Representative Sara Hannan                                                                                                      
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
Representative Mike Cronk                                                                                                       
Representative Ronald Gillham                                                                                                   
Representative Tom McKay                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Zack Fields                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Peter Buist - Fairbanks                                                                                                    
     Michael Flores - Soldotna                                                                                                  
     Aaron Bloomquist - Palmer                                                                                                  
     Ely Cyrus - Kiana                                                                                                          
     Martin Boniek - Glennallen                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Jeremy Price - Anchorage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PETER BUIST, Appointee                                                                                                          
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an appointee  to  the Big  Game                                                             
Commercial Services Board.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL FLORES, Appointee                                                                                                       
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                              
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an appointee  to  the Big  Game                                                             
Commercial Services Board.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ELY CYRUS, Appointee                                                                                                            
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                              
Kiana, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an appointee  to  the Big  Game                                                             
Commercial Services Board.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
AARON BLOOMQUIST, Appointee                                                                                                     
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                              
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an appointee  to  the Big  Game                                                             
Commercial Services Board.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MARTIN BONIEK, Appointee                                                                                                        
Big Game Commercial Services Board                                                                                              
Glennallen, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an appointee  to  the Big  Game                                                             
Commercial Services Board.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JEREMY PRICE, Appointee                                                                                                         
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Spoke as an  appointee to the Alaska Oil and                                                             
Gas Conservation Commission.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
1:04:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JOSIAH  PATKOTAK  called   the  House  Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting to  order at 1:04 p.m.   Representatives McKay,                                                               
Cronk, Gillham, Schrage, Hannan,  Rauscher, Patkotak were present                                                               
at  the  call to  order.    Representative Hopkins  arrived  (via                                                               
teleconference) as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
^BIG GAME COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOARD                                                                                             
               BIG GAME COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOARD                                                                           
^ALASKA OIL & GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION                                                                                       
            ALASKA OIL & GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
1:05:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR PATKOTAK  announced that the  only order of  business would                                                               
be  the  consideration  of  Governor's  Appointees  Peter  Buist,                                                               
Michael Flores,  Aaron Bloomquist,  Ely Cyrus, and  Martin Boniek                                                               
to the  Big Game Commercial  Services Board, and Jeremy  Price to                                                               
the  Alaska Oil  &  Gas Conservation  Commission.   [Biographical                                                               
information  on   all  appointees  available  in   the  committee                                                               
packet.]                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:06:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETER  BUIST,  Appointee,  Big Game  Commercial  Services  Board,                                                               
informed the committee that he  has lived in Fairbanks for almost                                                               
50 years;  has degrees  in Biology  from Syracuse  University and                                                               
Environmental Resources  Management from the State  University of                                                               
New York;  is a retired Alaska  master guides; and had  a 30-year                                                               
career  with the  Alaska Department  of  Natural Resources  (DNR)                                                               
where  he  worked  as  a  land  manager,  forester  and  wildland                                                               
firefighter.  He said that he  guided in Alaska for over 40 years                                                               
and served on  the former Guide Licensing and Control  Board.  He                                                               
was appointed by  former Governor Steve Cowper  to the Governor's                                                               
Task Force  on Guiding and Game  in 1988 and served  two terms at                                                               
the  inception of  the Big  Game Commercial  Services Board;  was                                                               
appointed  in 2003  by  former Governor  Frank  Murkowski to  the                                                               
Board of  Game; and was  originally appointed to his  current Big                                                               
Game Commercial Services Board seat  by Governor Mike Dunleavy in                                                               
2019.   He  said that  between his  education and  experience, he                                                               
brings  a unique  balance  of knowledge  and  experience to  this                                                               
board,  and  that he  is  familiar  with  the operation  of  land                                                               
agencies.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:08:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN asked  about the specifics of  the types of                                                               
seats on the board, and asked which one Mr. Buist is filling.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. BUIST  responded that even  though he  has a background  as a                                                               
guide,  he's filling  a  public seat;  this  is a  reappointment,                                                               
holding over from 2019.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:09:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   CRONK  asked   about   Mr.  Buist's   philosophy                                                               
regarding the board.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BUIST said  that  complicated regulations  were  one of  the                                                               
reasons  why he  retired from  guiding;  he said  that the  state                                                               
needs to  protect the resources  and clients, but over  the years                                                               
regulations  have gotten  complicated and  expensive, and  one of                                                               
his goals  is to simplify the  regulations so that "mom  and pop"                                                               
outfits can flourish.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:11:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RAUSCHER  asked  Mr.  Buist  how  he  dealt  with                                                               
regulations  in his  previous term  and whether  the other  board                                                               
members agree with the need to "reduce these regulations."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BUIST  said  that  he   believes  there  exists  a  "general                                                               
willingness" among the  board members in that no one  seems to be                                                               
lobbying for more  complicated regulations.  He  noted that there                                                               
has been  a large  turnover in  board seats,  and while  he can't                                                               
speak  to new  members,  he believes  that  the existing  members                                                               
share his philosophy.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:13:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL FLORES,  Appointee, Big  Game Commercial  Services Board,                                                               
said that  he moved  to Alaska 32  years ago and  was a  big game                                                               
guide pilot.   He currently operates as  Ninilchik Charters, with                                                               
10 charter  boats for halibut and  salmon, and a staff  of 25; in                                                               
2002  the charter  company started  operations in  Prince William                                                               
Sound and Kodiak  Island for big game marine transport.   For the                                                               
past seven years he has  served on the Charter Halibut Management                                                               
Committee for  the North Pacific  Fishery Management  Council; he                                                               
recently accepted  a position with the  Recreational Quota Entity                                                               
(RQE), "which  is basically the  halibut stamp that  has finished                                                               
all the  hurdles in Congress  and should be deployed  sometime in                                                               
2023."   He said that,  with this  appointment, he feels  that he                                                               
could make the board better.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:15:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  asked  Mr.  Flores whether  he  would  be                                                               
filling one of the "licensed transporter" seats on the board.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. FLORES replied that he would.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:15:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MCKAY thanked Mr.  Flores's sons for their service                                                               
in the Marine Corps.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:16:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELY  CYRUS,  Appointee,  Big   Game  Commercial  Services  Board,                                                               
described his history as having  lived in rural Alaska his entire                                                               
life and said  that he recognizes the importance  of oversight of                                                               
natural resources.   He noted  his experience,  including service                                                               
in the  [NANA] Regional Corporation  and as the President  of the                                                               
Native Village of Kiana.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:17:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  asked  Mr.  Cyrus  whether  he  would  be                                                               
filling a landowner's seat on the board or a public seat.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. CYRUS replied that he would be filling a landowner's seat.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:19:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AARON BLOOMQUIST, Appointee, Big  Game Commercial Services Board,                                                               
said  that he  is a  registered guide  and would  be filling  the                                                               
registered guide  seat on the  board.  He  said that he  lives in                                                               
Palmer in the winter and Copper  Center in the spring and summer,                                                               
operating Alaska Outfitters Unlimited  and fishing boat charters,                                                               
which provides  guided hunting for  big game.   He said  that his                                                               
belief  is  that  it's  important   for  those  who  use  natural                                                               
resources to "give  back," and that he has a  passion for guiding                                                               
kids and veterans.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:21:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  asked whether Mr. Bloomquist  is primarily                                                               
an archery guide.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BLOOMQUIST said  that  in the  springtime  the company  does                                                               
primarily  archery   hunting,  but   overall,  the   business  is                                                               
approximately 90 percent rifle hunting.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  noted  the  section in  the  packet  that                                                               
described  his experience  of  taking down  two  muskox with  one                                                               
arrow.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:23:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CRONK  thanked Mr. Bloomquist for  his willingness                                                               
to serve  and for  his time spent  improving hunting  and fishing                                                               
regulations.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:23:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SCHRAGE  thanked the appointee  for self-reporting                                                               
in the incident of the muskox hunt.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:24:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTIN  BONIEK, Appointee,  Big Game  Commercial Services  Board,                                                               
said  that  he  is  a  new  appointee  and  would  be  filling  a                                                               
transporter  seat.   He  said that  he and  his  wife own  Copper                                                               
Valley Air Service, he has 40  years' experience flying, and is a                                                               
lifelong  hunter, and  has no  agenda and  is looking  forward to                                                               
being on the board and fostering cooperation.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:26:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  PATKOTAK asked  whether any  other committee  members have                                                               
questions;  there  being  none,  he thanked  the  appointees  and                                                               
introduced  the  sole  appointee  to   the  Alaska  Oil  and  Gas                                                               
Conservation   Commission   (AOGCC),   which  he   described   as                                                               
overseeing  "oil  and   gas  drilling,  development,  production,                                                               
reservoir depletion,  metering operation on all  lands subject to                                                               
the state's police powers."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:27:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEREMY  PRICE, Appointee,  Oil and  Gas Conservation  Commission,                                                               
said that  in 2019 he  was appointed  to the positions  of Public                                                               
Commissioner and  Chair on the  AOGCC and expressed  his pleasure                                                               
at  serving,   noting  the  experience  and   dedication  of  his                                                               
associates.  He said that he  has a bachelor's degree in business                                                               
from  Utah State  University and  a Master's  in government  from                                                               
Johns Hopkins University,  and currently lives in  Anchorage.  He                                                               
said that  he's spent  his career  in oil  and gas  public policy                                                               
roles  with  U.S. Representative  Don  Young,  U.S. Senator  Lisa                                                               
Murkowski,  with  the  American  Petroleum  Institute,  and  with                                                               
Americans  For   Prosperity  in  the  office   of  Governor  Mike                                                               
Dunleavy.  He  said that his career  highlights include advancing                                                               
development in  the National Petroleum Reserve  in Alaska (NPRA),                                                               
helping Shell  secure arctic air  permits from  the Environmental                                                               
Protection   Agency  (EPA),   being   "instrumental  in   passing                                                               
legislation requiring  two tug escorts of  oil tankers transiting                                                               
Prince William  Sound," and supporting development  of the Alaska                                                               
National Wildlife  Refuge (ANWR).   He described the  purpose and                                                               
achievements of the  AOGCC and noted that he's taken  his role as                                                               
public  commissioner  seriously.   He  described  the process  of                                                               
digitizing   the   application    system   and   its   associated                                                               
efficiencies  and   talked  about   how  many   inspections  were                                                               
performed by the AOGCC.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:32:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   MCKAY  spoke   of  his   own  background   as  a                                                               
professional  petroleum engineer  and noted  that he  worked with                                                               
the AOGCC.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:34:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR PATKOTAK opened  public testimony on the  appointees to the                                                               
Big Game  Commercial Services  Board and the  Alaska Oil  and Gas                                                               
Conservation  Commission.   After  ascertaining that  no one  was                                                               
waiting to testify, he closed public testimony.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR PATKOTAK  announced that the confirmations  of Peter Buist,                                                               
Michael Flores,  Ely Cyrus, Martin  Boniek, and  Aaron Bloomquist                                                               
to the Big Game Commercial Services  Board and of Jeremy Price to                                                               
the  Alaska  Oil  and  Gas   Conservation  Commission,  would  be                                                               
advanced to  the joint  session for  consideration.   He reminded                                                               
the committee that signing the  reports regarding appointments to                                                               
boards  and commissions  in no  way reflects  individual members'                                                               
approval or  disapproval of the  appointees, and  the nominations                                                               
are merely forwarded to the  full legislature for confirmation or                                                               
rejection.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:36:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Resources Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 1:36 PM.                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Michael Flores BGCSM Letter to HRES 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Peter Buist BGCSB Application Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Michael Flores BGCSB Resume Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Michael Flores BGCSB Application Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Letter of Support Joel Neimeyer 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Letter of Support Senator Murkowski Congressman Young 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Letter of Support RCAC 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Letter of Support Udelhoven 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Letter of Support from AOGCC 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Letter of Support Carl Brady 3.12.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Aaron Bloomquist BGCSM Application Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Aaron Bloomquist BGCSB Resume Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Peter Buist BGCSB Letter to HRES 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Michael Flores BGCSM Letter of Support Alaska Charter Association 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Ely Cyrus BGCSB Application Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Martin Boniek BGCSB Application Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Application Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
Jeremy Price AOGCC Resume Redacted 3.15.2021.pdf HRES 3/15/2021 1:00:00 PM