APICDA Opens Critically Needed Fuel Facility in False Pass
False Pass Fuel Company storage tanks open and operational on October 6, 2014.
Photo Courtesy of APICDA
Anchorage, Alaska – Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) opened a fuel facility in False Pass on Oct. 6, 2014. The False Pass Fuel Company (FPFC) will supply fuel for local heating and road vehicle needs, the APICDA owned Bering Pacific Seafoods plant operations, the City of False Pass and the fishing fleet.
FPFC operates six tanks with a combined holding capacity of 210,000 gallons of diesel, stove oil and gasoline. The fuel tanks sit conveniently near the False Pass city dock, which will be used for fuel sales to fishing vessels in addition to a land distribution site. False Pass is an important refueling stop for Gulf of Alaska, Bristol Bay and Bering Sea fishing fleets.
The energy struggles in rural Alaska have been well documented. “APICDA worked closely with the community in the design and construction of this new fuel facility to replace Peter Pan’s recently decommissioned and timeworn operation,” says Larry Cotter, APICDA CEO. “The fuel facility operation provides jobs for local residents in a region that is in need of dependable employment opportunities and offers a safe and reliable supply of fuel.”
False Pass is located on the eastern side of Unimak Island on Isanotski Strait in the Aleutian Islands, 646 air miles southwest of Anchorage. The Isanotski Strait connects the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.
APICDA’s purpose is to develop stable local economies based upon the fishing industry in each of our communities. Stable economies provide employment opportunities for local residents, tax revenue for local governments, economic growth in the community and region, a higher standard of living and a reduction in social problems.
Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation incorporated in the state of Alaska. APICDA is one of six Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Corporations established in 1992. The CDQ program allocates a percentage of all Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands quotas for groundfish, halibut, and crab to eligible CDQ Groups. APICDA and its subsidiary companies generate proceeds through the management of those quotas and uses proceeds to achieve its charitable purpose. APICDA’s member communities are Akutan, Atka, False Pass, Nelson Lagoon, Nikolski and St. George.