ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUITS THREATEN ARCTIC COMMUNITIES
Uncertainty in the Arctic looms as eNGOs block projects important to communities Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is deeply disappointed in the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit which invalidated key sections of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 2008 Outer Continental Lease Sale for the Chukchi Sea.
ASRC president & CEO, Rex A. Rock, Sr. explained, “This decision will have a negative impact on our region and the entire state of Alaska. It is critical for the Department of Interior to define a clear path forward so businesses can move ahead with certainty and our people can continue to have meaningful employment opportunities.”
The ASRC family provides tangible benefits to its shareholders and other Alaskans through employment opportunities like the Shell exploration and production program. “Our region has benefitted from this project through jobs and growth of small businesses. Delay and uncertainty threaten our businesses, jobs, contracting opportunities, and instability in this process thwarts our efforts for capacity building at the local level,” said ASRC Chairman, Crawford Patkotak.
President Rock further stated, “eNGOs do not consider the holistic impact their controversial actions have on our communities. They fail to see the picture that includes the survivability of our communities in the Arctic. Instead, they prefer to slowly suffocate our villages with long protracted lawsuits like this and a litany of others.”
ASRC supports an EIS process that is fair to the public, the environment, the resources and the developer. We urge the Department of Interior to work in a swift, prudent and fair manner to respond to the Ninth Circuit Court's decision. We encourage certainty in the process. The triple threat of litigious eNGOs, court actions and federal agency drag continues to wound the spirit of an exploration frontier in Alaska.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1990 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 11,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has five major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, construction, government services and resource development.