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House Majority E-News for Aug 23, 2010 ANS Crude: $71.70 Henry Hub: $4.12

Northern Waters Task Force Appointees Announced

(Anchorage) - Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and House
Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, today announced their appointees to
the Alaska Northern Waters Task Force. The 11-member task force -
comprised of local, state and federal officials from Alaska coastal
regions - will meet over the course of the next two years to examine
creating a joint state/federal commission responsible for overseeing
the development of northern ocean waters. The group will provide
recommendations to the legislature by Jan. 20, 2012, with a final
report due Jan. 30, 2012.

"I believe we all recognize the strategic and security importance of
Arctic waters, and the need to provide comprehensive support and
infrastructure should new development take place," Speaker Chenault
said.

"I am very pleased with the choices we have made for this task force,
which will help us establish a federal/state policy group that will
define government policy toward development in our Arctic waters,"
President Stevens said.

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item-793

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Legislature Appoints Members to Northern Waters Task Force

(Kotzebue) - The Alaska State Legislature today announced its
appointments to the Northern Waters Task Force. The House Community
and Regional Affairs committee sponsored the measure, which was signed
into law earlier this month.

"I am very happy with the appointments, and the caliber of the
members that have been appointed today," Bush Caucus Chair Reggie
Joule, D-Kotzebue, said. "We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I
look forward to the challenges before us, and to speaking with people
in communities that are impacted by changes in Arctic waters."

The task force will facilitate the creation of a joint federal and
state entity to coordinate U.S. and Alaska interests that result from
opening Arctic waters for transportation, national security, and
resource development.

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100823-794

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