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Oregon Leaders Thanked for Stopping Protests

EnergyJuly 31, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker expressed his gratitude to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Oregon Governor Kate Brown for their part in putting a stop to the illegal protesting activities that were delaying Shell’s MSV Fennica icebreaker from leaving Portland waters yesterday. The icebreaker had been sent to Portland for repairs after being damaged earlier in the month.

“On behalf of all the Alaskans and Americans who will benefit from the economic opportunities afforded to us by responsible offshore drilling in the Arctic, I wish to thank Governor Brown and Mayor Hales for their leadership. Alaska and the United States are poised to lead the world in this industry.”

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Gov Urges Oregon Leaders to Stop Protests

EnergyJuly 30, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker spoke with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and the Chief of Staff for Oregon Governor Kate Brown this morning, urging them to stop illegal protesting activities that are preventing Shell’s MSV Fennica icebreaker from leaving Portland waters on Thursday. Governor Walker also expressed his concerns in an email to Governor Brown, who is traveling to Washington D.C. today and was unable to speak with him on the phone.

The icebreaker is headed to Alaska to begin Shell’s offshore drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea.

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New reports highlight recent energy-related field studies in the Susitna basin

Energy The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) today published reports summarizing recent energy-focused geological studies in the Susitna basin. The reports provide important new information from original field work conducted in 2011 and 2014 by DGGS in collaboration with the Alaska Division of Oil & Gas and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Susitna basin encompasses approximately 5,000 square miles of lowland on the north side of Cook Inlet, and is west of the towns of Willow and Talkeetna. Field studies were undertaken to improve understanding of the geology of the basin and its potential for natural gas and coal energy. Understanding the basin’s energy potential will have important implications for satisfying future energy needs of Railbelt communities.

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PCE Endowment Fund Bill Passes Legislature

EnergyApril 19, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Walker commended the Alaska Legislature today for passing his Power Cost Equalization Endowment Fund bill, which will allow the fund to be invested in less risky investments that still meet the financial needs of the PCE program.

“Power cost equalization minimizes the burden of high energy costs for many of Alaska’s rural communities,” Governor Walker said. “By adjusting investment standards for the PCE Endowment Fund, we are establishing greater financial stability for this critical program.”

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Gov Lauds Arctic Exploration Announcements

EnergyGovernor Bill Walker today stated his support of two recent announcements on Arctic offshore oil and gas exploration.

On Tues., March 31, the U.S. Department of Interior issued a Record of Decision affirming Chukchi Sea OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 and the remaining oil and gas leases issued in 2008 as a result of the sale.

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2015 Parks Highway Mile 92 Personal Use Firewood Area

EnergyThe Parks Highway Mile 92 Personal Use Firewood Area for mixed sawtimber and spruce sawlogs is available on a first come first served basis beginning Thursday, January 29, 2015. Harvest is only allowed within the blue-flagged area marked on the ground and identified on the location map. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Thursday, January 29 at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.
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2015 Chulitna River Personal Use Firewood Area

EnergyThe Chulitna River Personal Use Firewood Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Friday, February 13, 2015. Access to this site is from the Parks Highway just past MP 122. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer; and at the Trapper Creek Library during normal business hours. Please call the Trapper Creek Library at 733-1546 regarding their hours/days of operation. Please be prepared to provide the year, make, model and license number of all motorized vehicle(s) or trailers to be used while harvesting the timber.

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Governor Walker Appoints AGDC Board Members

EnergyGovernor Bill Walker today appointed three new members to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. Governor Walker also detailed his plans to upsize and increase the volume of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP), as well as continue development of the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (AK LNG) project.

Governor Walker wrote in his recently published editorial:

“What it comes down to is this: We will work with the producers to continue to develop the AK LNG project. With ASAP, we will work with gas buyers to secure the opportunities the market offers. Whichever project is first to produce a solid plan, and conditions acceptable to the state, will get the state’s full support. Or, perhaps the two projects could be combined at some point along the way.”

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Gov Walker Submits Settlement Legislation

EnergyFebruary 13, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker today submitted legislation that fortifies the powers and duties of the attorney general when approving settlements related to oil and gas disputes. He also filed through his attorney the motion to dismiss his public interest litigant lawsuit against the state.

The bill requires the attorney general to review oil and gas lease settlements prior to being finalized by the state. The attorney general must also determine that the settlement is limited to issues necessary to settle the dispute, does not settle unrelated matters and does not alter constitutional, statutory, or regulatory procedures required by law.

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Governor Makes Point Thomson Announcement

EnergyFebruary 11, 2015 JUNEAU—Governor Bill Walker today announced during a House Resources committee hearing he will drop his public interest litigant lawsuit on Point Thomson once he submits legislation on Friday to ensure the state Constitution and state laws are never again violated in negotiations to develop Alaska’s natural resources.

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Governor's Remarks on Point Thomson

Energy"Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, you asked for someone from my Administration to testify on the Point Thomson lawsuit that I brought several years ago as a public interest litigant. I am here to talk to you directly about this and set the record straight.

Let’s talk first a bit about how we got here, and why I brought this public interest lawsuit.

In 1975 and 1977, the first wells were drilled at Point Thomson. Since then, we have known that the Point Thomson area is rich in oil and gas.

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MP 92 Parks Hwy Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area is open

EnergyThe Parks Highway Mile 92 Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area for mixed sawtimber and spruce sawlogs is available on a first come first served basis beginning Thursday, January 29, 2015. Harvest is only allowed within the blue-flagged area marked on the ground and identified on the location map. Get your permit from the Borough.
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Susitna River Corridor Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area MP 118

EnergyThe Susitna River Corridor Personal Use Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come, first served basis beginning Thursday, January 29, 2015. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri beginning Thursday the 29th, 2015 at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Ave, Palmer.
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Gov. Issues Administrative Order on Energy

EnergyJanuary 16, 2015 JUNEAU, AK – Today Governor Bill Walker issued an Administrative Order addressing the collaboration and coordination of the state’s consumer energy efforts. These actions come in response to feedback Governor Walker received from his consumer energy transition team, which recommended having a cabinet-level official facilitate the collaboration of government agencies and other entities working on consumer energy in Alaska.

The order directs the commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to take the lead on improving collaboration and coordination on consumer energy in Alaska. With numerous state agencies and other organizations working in this field, the Governor hopes to increase productivity among the groups.
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Changes Announced for Gasline Corporation

EnergyJanuary 6, 2015 ANCHORAGE –Governor Bill Walker on Tuesday announced a paradigm shift in the way the state will conduct business with Alaska’s gas, emphasizing that there will be transparency in the process.

Governor Walker removed three board members from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation—Drue Pearce, Richard Rabinow, and Al Bolea.

“I would like to thank each of these individuals for their service to the State of Alaska, and wish them well in their future endeavors,” Governor Walker said.
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