Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Executive Named To Arctic Oil Spill Committee
Members will assess the potential environmental impact of a spill in Arctic waters
Richard Glenn, ASRC’s executive vice president of lands and natural resources, has been selected to join the Arctic Oil Spill Committee, a 14-member panel assembled by the National Research Council (NRC) out of Washington D.C. The NRC is a private, nonprofit institution and a branch of the National Academies, which includes the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine.
“I’m honored to have been confirmed as a member of this committee,” said Glenn. “As Arctic oil exploration continues off of Alaska’s Arctic coast, it’s important that we have a clear assessment of the entire spectrum of prevention, preparedness and spill response. As a student of the Arctic environment, and a resident of the North Slope community, I look forward to being part of this team.”
The committee is tasked with assembling a report, assessing the current state of the science regarding oil spill response and environmental assessment in the Arctic. The report will include looking into various spill scenarios that could be unique to the region as well developing baselines that would be used to shape future decisions in the case of a spill.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 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.