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05/29/15

GCI Industrial Telecom Safety Milestone 2.5 Million Hours

GCI Industrial Telecom, a division of GCI, recently achieved over 2.5 Million hours (13.5 yrs.) since their last lost time accident (LTA) and over 1.2 Million hours (3.5 yrs.) since their last recordable safety incident.  The GCI team is comprised of technicians, project managers and engineers.  For over 20 years they have been providing dedicated operations and maintenance (O&M) remote project support and communication services to their partners in the farthest regions of the North Slope of Alaska and Gulf of Mexico.     “Safety Matters to our staff, the management team, but most importantly to all of our families.” said GCI Industrial Telecom Vice President Russ Doig.  “We have worked hard to build a culture of safety and are...

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05/28/15

Senate & House Majority Budget Solution

Sustainable Budgets has been a top legislative priority for the Alliance in recent years. As you know, the Legislature is currently in special session trying to come to agreement over the budget. It is our understanding that major print media in Alaska has been unwilling to print a recent letter from Senate President Kevin Meyer and House Speaker Mike Chenault intended to provide the public with an explanation of their path forward. Because we believe it is important for you to have all pertinent information, we are sharing the letter with you for your information and consideration.          

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05/28/15

Alaska Governor Bill Walker Speaks at AOGA Luncheon

ANCHORAGE (May 28, 2015) At today's Alaska Oil and Gas Association Annual Luncheon at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Governor Bill Walker talks about his recent trip to the North Slope and his tour of the Shell Polar Pioneer Drill rig in Seattle.    

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05/28/15

Americans Stress Need for Sensible Arctic Energy Rules

For the fourth time this year, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) has helped Americans support an all-of-the-above energy policy that includes a robust offshore energy program. In its latest effort, CEA has gathered over 87,000 grassroots comments conveying the need for sensible regulations on Arctic energy exploration and warning that the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOI) regulations as currently proposed could discourage investment and limit the efficiency, safety and success of exploration programs. In comments to DOI officials, noting the importance of avoiding redundancies, promoting performance-based standards, and providing for measures based on the practicalities of drilling in the Arctic that are adaptable to emerging practices and technologies, Americans stress that the...

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05/28/15

Spawn Ideas Named a 'Best Place to Work for Millennials'

Anchorage, AK - Spawn Ideas has been named one of the best places to work for Millennial employees in America, Karen King, President and CEO announced today. The list, which comes on the heels of news that Millennials are now the largest workforce in America, is the first of its kind to identify companies that excel at recruiting, developing and retaining top millennial performers. The full list of the Best Places to Work for Millennials and accompanying paper Unlocking Millennial Talent is available at is available at BestPlacesToWorkMillennials.com. “Shared culture creation with our employee owners at Spawn is a key reason we're among the best places to work for Millennials,” King says. "Listening to the generation that makes up a majority of our staff means...

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05/28/15

Lynden Oilfield Services joins Lynden family of companies to serve Alaska's North Slope customers

SEATTLE, May 28, 2015 -- Lynden companies have provided support to Alaska oil and gas customers for decades. A new Lynden business, Lynden Oilfield Services (LOIL), was created specifically to serve customers on the North Slope of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oilfields. A division of Alaska West Express, Lynden Oilfield Services provides support for oilfield exploration and production and transportation and logistics solutions to the companies working to redevelop Alaska's existing oil and gas resources.  "Dependable transportation and logistics are critical to the growing activity on the North Slope," says Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express President. "Through our family of companies Lynden Oilfield Services provides multi-modal air, sea and land opportunities and...

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05/28/15

DOE Selects Five Alaska Villages in next round of START

WASHINGTON— Today, when visiting the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood announced that as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy has selected five Alaska Native villages to receive technical assistance through the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program. The program provides federally recognized Alaska Native Corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with technical assistance to accelerate tribal clean energy projects and initiatives. The START Alaska Program supports tribal communities across the United States as they enhance their energy security, build a sustainable energy future, and combat...

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05/28/15

Murkowski: WOTUS Rule Represents Unprecedented Expansion of Federal Authority

Washington, D.C. –Senator Lisa Murkowski today criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for overreaching in its efforts to expand the list of waterways covered by the Clean Water Act. Murkowski said the EPA’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule would greatly expand the amount of area in Alaska that will require federal permits for development – immediately creating one more roadblock to responsible construction and other productive activities. “The EPA’s expansion of the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act appears to threaten economic activities across the country – and nowhere is the impact more likely than in Alaska,” Murkowski said. “With half of all of the...

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IGU Groundbreaking Celebration Planned June 5

05/28/15

IGU Groundbreaking Celebration Planned June 5

Fairbanks, AK – The Interior Gas Utility will hold a groundbreaking celebration for Phase 1 on Friday, June 5, 2015 at noon.  The event will be outside at the North Pole Plaza Mall parking lot adjacent to the North Pole Hotel. The theme is “Hats off to You!” and the public is welcomed and encouraged to wear a hat and attend. Key comments will be made by Governor Walker, Senator Coghill and City of North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward. Dana Pruhs, AIDEA Board Chair and Mike Meeks, IGU Board Chair will also make remarks. Lisa Herbert of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce will MC the celebration, and the North Pole High School Choir will sing the national anthem. “Energy prices in Interior Alaska have been far too high for far too long,” said IGU...

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Petro Star Inc June 2015 Personnel Update

05/28/15

Petro Star Inc June 2015 Personnel Update

Petro Star Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, welcomes a new member to the management team this summer in the role of General Counsel: Angela Speight.    A graduate of Baylor University and the University of Texas School of Law, Speight hails from Texas where she was previously the Associate Counsel of EPL Oil & Gas, Inc., a publicly traded exploration and production company based in Houston and New Orleans.     With experience in domestic and overseas exploration, production and refining, she will support Petro Star's continued success in Alaska.  

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