ASRC Disappointed By U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision In Case Regarding Polar Bear Critical Habitat


High court denies formal request for review

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari, which was asking for a review of the 9th Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat for polar bears along Alaska’s North Slope. Joining ASRC in the petition were the State of Alaska, North Slope Borough, Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation, Kuukpik Corporation, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, Olgoonik Corporation, Inc., Tikigaq Corporation, Bering Straits Native Corporation, NANA Regional Corporation and Calista Corporation.

“The fact the Supreme Court would ignore the legitimate concerns of our people is disappointing, but we knew the justices grant review in a very, very small number of cases like this and were not entirely surprised by this outcome,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “Given the circumstances, this is a decision we will have to continue to fight outside of the courts.”

In 2010 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced its plan to set aside 187,000 square miles of Alaska coastline and adjacent waters as critical habitat for polar bears, an area larger than the State of California. That same year, ASRC and the State of Alaska commissioned an independent economic analysis of the designation, showing the cost to the State the North Slope Borough and to ASRC could reach into the billions of dollars.​

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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