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Alaska Chamber This Week: December 11-17


Weekly Update
 December 11-December 17

In This Issue:
           Committee Meetings
       Rural Members: Plan To Testify
       Legislative Fly In Registration Open
       Chamber Hosts Position Briefings
       Priority Spotlight
       State Joins Lawsuit Defending Sovereignty of Alaska                          Waters
       Upcoming Events
Committee Meetings
Events Committee Meeting: Thursday, December 15 at 10:00am.
All meetings are held at 630 E 5th Ave, Ste 102, Anchorage and via teleconference (907-278-2700) unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: If you are a member of the committee, you will receive meeting documents when they are sent to the committee.  If you are not a member of a committee, but would like to participate or listen in, please let me know and the documents for the meeting will be forwarded to you. 
Plan To Testify This Week: Point Thomson
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for ExxonMobil’s Point Thomson natural gas condensate development project. The DEIS presents five alternatives: no action (Alternative A), coastal pads with in-field gravel roads, (Alternative B), inland pads with a gravel access road to Prudhoe Bay (Alternative C), inland pads without a gravel access road (Alternative D), and coastal pads without in-field gravel roads (Alternative E).

Point Thomson is a remote field on the Beaufort Sea coastline 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay and two miles from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The field contains an estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 200 million barrels of condensate. Point Thomson represents approximately 25 percent of the North Slope’s known natural gas resources. Development of Point Thomson is essential to Alaska natural gas commercialization. Besides the operator, ExxonMobil, other major partners include BP, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron.
Read More.
Kaktovik, Monday, December 12, 7:30-9 p.m, Marsh Creek Inn
Nuiqsut, Tuesday, December 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Trapper School
Barrow, Thursday, December 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Hopson Middle School
Legislative Fly In Registration Open
The Legislative Fly-In will take place January 25 and 26, 2012 in Juneau. Register Now

The annual Alaska Chamber Fly-In is designed to give members the chance to influence public policy effectively by meeting directly with state legislators and the administration. The Fly-In is your chance to seek support for the priorities and positions established at the Legislative Policy Forum and get to know your elected officials personally. Every member who attends the Fly-In can make a difference for Alaska’s business community.
A group rate is being offered at Alaska Airlines and the Westmark Baranof Hotel. Please reference the group code when making your reservations. 

Westmark Baranof Phone Number: 1-800-544-0970 (Group Code: AKST012512)

Alaska Airlines 7% Travel Discount Code: ECMJ25 (if booking online)

Alaska Airlines Reservation Number: 1-800-445-4435 (Refer to code MJ25 if booking over the phone)
Please visit www.alaskachamber.com for the tentative agenda and sponsorship opportunities.
Alaska Chamber Hosts Position Briefings
As a courtesy to our members, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce will host three one-hour briefingsregarding our priorities and positions leading up to our Legislative Fly-In. The purpose of these briefings is to discuss our positions in more detail giving our members, specifically those who plan to attend the Fly-In, a more robust knowledge base of what the Alaska Chamber supports. The briefings are currently scheduled for:
January 5 at 10:00am
January 12 at 10:00am
January 19 at 10:00am
The briefings will be similar in nature and cover the broad range of positions the Alaska Chamber adopted at the Policy Forum.
All meetings are held at 630 E 5th Ave, Ste 102, Anchorage and via teleconference (907-278-2700) unless otherwise noted.
Priority Spotlight
The Alaska Chamber held its Legislative Policy Forum on October 25-26, 2011. Over 90 Chamber members participated and voted to adopt twenty-six positions for 2012.
Each week, we plan to highlight one of those positions so our members have a clear understanding of what our priorities are and what we will be watching closely during the 2012 legislative session. The positions will be published in no particular order but we will indicate if that position is one of our “Top Three” State or Federal priorities.
Support Litigation Reform Relating to Resource Development in Alaska
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce supports efforts to bring accountability to the appeals and litigation processes for community and resource development projects. The Alaska Chamber will support changes to the public litigant legal environment such that frivolous lawsuits are discouraged.
State Joins Lawsuit Defending Sovereignty of Alaska Waters
Governor Sean Parnell has directed the Department of Law to join litigation recently filed by Alaska resident John Sturgeon. The suit seeks to limit federal regulations over state-owned navigable waters that run through national parks and preserves within Alaska.
For decades, Sturgeon hunted moose on the Yukon River and its tributary, the Nation River, both of which run through the Yukon-Charley Preserve. In 2007, Sturgeon was told by Park Service Rangers that if he did not remove his hovercraft from the waters within the boundaries of the Yukon-Charley Preserve, he would be charged with a crime. State law permits using hovercrafts on public domain lands and waters. Still, Sturgeon feared federal prosecution and has not operated his hovercraft in the Yukon-Charley Preserve since 2007.
Read More.
Upcoming Events
Alaska Chamber Legislative Fly-In 2012
January 25-26, 2012 – Juneau, Alaska
Register Now.
Rural Outreach Trip
July 10-11, 2012 – Kodiak, Alaska
Annual Conference & Policy Forum
October 2-4. 2012 – Anchorage, Alaska
Save these dates, mark your calendar and watch for additional details.

Thank You To Our Lead Partners
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Capital Office Systems
Pioneer Natural Resources
Wells Fargo
Alaska Communications
Holland America Line
The Pebble Partnership
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Totem Ocean Trailer Express
Tower Hill Mines - Livengood Gold Project
Lead Underwrites receive recognition at each event, in printed programs, and on banners. Additional recognition is given in our enews, annual membership directory, and online at www.alaskachamber.com

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