ARCTIC SLOPE REGIONAL CORPORATION AND NORTH SLOPE BOROUGH REACT TO ​ADMINISTRATION’S CLIMATE AND ENERGY AGREEMENT WITH CANADA​

ASRC PRESS RELEASE 3/17/2016
 

Promises of consultation and collaboration with local communities are once again broken

 
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) as well as the North Slope Borough (NSB) are reacting to this week’s far-reaching agreement between the Obama administration and the Canadian government, in which both sides commit to drastic new regulations aimed at the oil and gas industry, new carbon taxes or cap-and-trade systems for the energy sector, stringent new emission standards for commercial vehicles and even the airline industry and more. Both countries issued a joint statement, detailing the agreement, on Thursday.
 
“Unfortunately, this is the treatment we’ve come to expect from this administration,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “Although these burdensome and largely unnecessary regulations will negatively impact the economy and the people of our region, Alaska’s North Slope, we continue to be completely left out of the conversation when the rules are being drafted. It appears, by all counts, the only side the administration bothered to reach out and listen to was the environmental groups, like the Center for Biological Diversity, World Wildlife Fund and National Resources Defense Council. Make no mistake, this agreement isn’t the final word; we will fight for keeping the door of opportunity open across the Slope.”
 
“Once again, the interests and self-determination of America’s Arctic people have been sacrificed on the altar of environmentalism,” added Charlotte E. Brower, mayor of the North Slope Borough. “While the latest U.S.-Canada joint statement touts support of strong Arctic communities, the policies outlined will only exacerbate the problems these communities face by adding yet another barrier to economic and community development in the Arctic.”
 
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a joint news conference from the White House yesterday, spelling out the lengthy agreement and its long list of requirements from both countries. One such obligation from the oil and gas industry is to cut 40 to 45 percent of its methane emissions from 2012 levels by the year 2025, which includes both existing as well as new wells. The administration has ordered the EPA to begin drafting new regulations immediately.
 
 
 

About ASRC

 
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.
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About ASRC

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 13,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Utqiaġvik (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 12,000 people worldwide. The company has six major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, government services and resource development.

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