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Armstrong Oil and Gas 'moving ahead'
Speaking at a recent conference in Anchorage, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack called Armstrong Oil and Gas' Pikka Unit on the North Slope a major discovery and critical to coming production. Armstrong Energy director Ed Kerr said the company aims to deliver first oil in 2022. "We are actually moving ahead," Kerr said. "We're not contemplating it, we're not formulating our thoughts on it — we're prosecuting on it."
One thing Armstrong is less excited about this winter is negotiating with lawmakers. Like other small companies, Kerr said Armstrong is worried about how oil production taxes could change as the legislature takes on the state's budget crisis. Headlamp shares that concern. The new co-chairs of House Resources, Democrats Geran Tarr and Andy Josephson have already expressed an interest in modifying oil and gas tax policy. Again. For what would be the 7th time in 12 years.
New digs. Former Attorney General Craig Richards will be the vice president and general counsel for the Bering Straits Native Corporation. "Really, what convinced me that it was the right place for me was just meeting everyone and seeing what a good rapport and good team environment they have, and the ability to help out the Nome region," Richards said. Richards was a close adviser to Walker on the proposed natural gas pipeline and on Walker's plan to solve the state government's budget crisis. He said he'll miss working in the upcoming legislative session.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, is reportedly under consideration as chief overseer of the nation's public lands in the administration of president-elect Donald Trump. Whether Interior is headed by McMorris Rodgers or another candidate — who reportedly also include former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and oil-products executive Forrest Lucas — the agency is likely to chart an unabashedly pro-fossil fuels course under the Trump administration.
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