Isaacson Applauds Flint Hills Announcement
All parties agree to share costs to provide water distribution to North Pole
Friday, July 18, 2014, North Pole, Alaska – Representative Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, today applauded the announcement by Attorney General Michael Geraghty that the State, Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC and Williams Alaska Petroleum, Inc. have agreed to equally share the costs of preliminary engineering and survey work to provide a water distribution utility service to homeowners and properties affected by the sulfolane plume in North Pole.
Isaacson, prior to the announcement and since, has had several lengthy discussions with the Attorney General, the City of North Pole, Utility Services of Alaska, and other stakeholders. On Thursday, July 17, Isaacson took part in a meeting involving members of the Interior delegation, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the City of North Pole, Utility Services of Alaska, and Flint Hills, to discuss the timeline and preliminary steps for this project.
The parties have arranged to design a system that would evaluate the cost and generate a construction schedule. The project is estimated to reach approximately 330 customers outside of North Pole who are directly effected by the plume with room for expansion to meet future needs. The study will cost approximately $1.75 million and the cost will be equally divided between the three parties: the State, Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC and Williams Alaska Petroleum, Inc. The study will take approximately six to nine months to complete, but legal, environmental, and right-of-way issues are expected to take longer.
“Our office is currently working with other legislators and the Administration to resolve those issues in manner that will be both safe for the residents and encourage a re-start of refinery operations,” Isaacson said.