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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HJR 26                                                                                                         
01 Urging the United States Congress to provide a means for consistently and equitably sharing                             
02 with all oil and gas producing states adjacent to federal outer continental shelf areas a portion                       
03 of revenue generated from oil and gas development on the outer continental shelf to ensure                              
04 that those states develop necessary infrastructure to support outer continental shelf                                   
05 development and preserve environmental integrity.                                                                       
06                                           _______________                                                               
07 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
08      WHEREAS oil and gas development in federal areas, both onshore and offshore,                                     
09 requires additional investment in state infrastructure and increases demand on state and local                          
10 government resources; and                                                                                               
11      WHEREAS, under the Mineral Lands Leasing Act of 1920, the federal government                                     
12 recognizes the effects of oil and gas development in federal onshore areas by sharing with the                          
13 states 50 percent of revenue from mineral production on federal land within each state's                                
14 boundaries; and                                                                                                         
15      WHEREAS, under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the federal government                                   
16 recognizes the effect oil and gas development in federal near-shore areas has on states by                              
01 sharing with those states 27 percent of revenue collected from federal oil and gas leases                               
02 within three miles of the states' coastlines; and                                                                       
03      WHEREAS, under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, the federal                                     
04 government recognizes the effect that oil and gas development in federal offshore areas has                             
05 on the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, and recognizes the contributions                           
06 to national energy, security, and economic interests made by sharing with those states 37.5                             
07 percent of revenue from federal oil and gas leases in outer continental shelf areas adjacent to                         
08 each state; and                                                                                                         
09      WHEREAS the federal government fails to recognize the same effects on and                                        
10 contributions made by other oil and gas producing states adjacent to federal outer continental                          
11 shelf areas, including this state and California; and                                                                   
12      WHEREAS the Alaska outer continental shelf region encompasses the Beaufort,                                      
13 Chukchi, and Bering seas, Cook Inlet, and the Gulf of Alaska, includes over 1,000,000,000                               
14 acres, and contains more than 6,000 miles of coastline, which is more coastline than the rest                           
15 of the United States combined; and                                                                                      
16      WHEREAS there are presently 607 active oil and gas leases and more than 3,300,000                                
17 acres of leased land in the Alaska outer shelf continental region; and                                                  
18      WHEREAS federal government grants do not adequately address the need for                                         
19 additional investment in state infrastructure or the increased demands on state and local                               
20 government resources resulting from outer continental shelf development, especially in this                             
21 state, which has more coastline, more rural communities, and less infrastructure than any                               
22 other state; and                                                                                                        
23      WHEREAS outer continental shelf revenue sharing would allow states to build                                      
24 infrastructure such as marine ports, airports, utilities, and housing, and increase state services,                     
25 such as oil spill and emergency response and environmental monitoring and mitigation, which                             
26 would likely lead to expanded, safer exploration and development activity and increase                                  
27 overall revenue to the federal government; and                                                                          
28      WHEREAS additional state infrastructure and increased availability of state and local                            
29 government resources would likely increase interest in and bids during future federal outer                             
30 continental shelf oil and gas lease sales, which have generated over $2,750,000,000 in                                  
31 revenue for the federal government in the Alaska outer continental shelf region alone since                             
01 2005; and                                                                                                               
02      WHEREAS outer continental shelf revenue sharing could provide a stable funding                                   
03 source for and help fulfill the mission of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a national                             
04 fund created to safeguard natural areas, water resources, and cultural heritage and to provide                          
05 recreation opportunities;                                                                                               
06      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States                                         
07 Congress to provide a means for consistently and equitably sharing with all oil and gas                                 
08 producing states adjacent to federal outer continental shelf areas a portion of revenue                                 
09 generated from outer continental shelf oil and gas production to ensure the states develop                              
10 necessary infrastructure to support outer continental shelf development and preserve                                    
11 environmental integrity.                                                                                                
12      COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of                              
13 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and                          
14 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Sally Jewell, United States Secretary of the                                
15 Interior; the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the                                 
16 Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable                              
17 Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Harry                                 
18 Reid, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader                                
19 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Mary Landrieu, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on                                  
20 Energy and Natural Resources; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark                                       
21 Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the                                 
22 Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 113th United States Congress.                               
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