HJR 33: Urging immediate action by the governor, the Alaska Congressional delegation, and state and federal agencies to assist in the restart of oil production in Cook Inlet that was affected by the eruption of Mt. Redoubt.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 33 01 Urging immediate action by the governor, the Alaska Congressional delegation, and 02 state and federal agencies to assist in the restart of oil production in Cook Inlet that was 03 affected by the eruption of Mt. Redoubt. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS a period of increased volcanic activity began at Mt. Redoubt on 06 March 22, 2009; and 07 WHEREAS the proximity of Mt. Redoubt to state population centers, airports, and oil 08 production facilities makes the recent volcanic eruptions particularly threatening to Alaskans; 09 and 10 WHEREAS the eruption cycle that began on March 22, 2009, resulted in massive 11 snow and glacial melt in the Drift River Valley, leading to the flooding of the Drift River; and 12 WHEREAS the Drift River oil storage and transfer facility is located in the floodplain 13 of the river and in the path of flooding caused by lahars; and 14 WHEREAS, in an effort to avert a potential oil discharge into Cook Inlet, the Drift 15 River terminal was shut down, and the oil in its storage tanks was drawn down; and
01 WHEREAS, because of the complexity of crude oil production in Cook Inlet, the 02 length of time production wells are shut down adversely affects the ability to return to normal 03 production levels; and 04 WHEREAS the Drift River terminal, as a crucial waypoint in the delivery of oil 05 produced from Cook Inlet platforms, is integral to the operation of the Trading Bay and 06 Granite Point facilities, the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski, and future oil and gas development and 07 production in the Cook Inlet; and 08 WHEREAS the shutdown of the Drift River facility disrupts oil production on Cook 09 Inlet platforms and adversely affects the operation of oil and gas facilities throughout the 10 Cook Inlet basin; and 11 WHEREAS the oil services industries on which these platforms and facilities depend 12 have been forced to curtail production and lay off workers as a result of the closure of the 13 Drift River terminal; and 14 WHEREAS a prolonged closure of the terminal threatens to cripple the regional 15 economy, with a decline in oil and gas production, potential price increases, and layoffs in the 16 oil and gas sector and the industries that support it; 17 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges immediate action by the 18 governor, the Alaska Congressional delegation, and state and federal agencies to assist in the 19 restart of oil production in Cook Inlet that was affected by the eruption of Mt. Redoubt. 20 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 21 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 22 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Ken Salazar, United States Secretary of the 23 Interior; the Honorable Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection 24 Agency; Admiral Arthur E. Brooks, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District; the 25 Honorable Tom Irwin, Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources; the Honorable Larry 26 Hartig, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation; and the Honorable Lisa 27 Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, 28 U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.