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October 14, 2008
Ms. Kathy Means
Division of Oil & Gas
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 800
Anchorage, AK 99501-3560
Re: Extension of ADL 390079 Nenana Basin Exploration License No. 1
Dear Ms. Means:
The Resource Development Council writes to express support of the three-year extension to the license for Nenana Basin Exploration (ADL 390079) held by Doyon Limited, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and Usibelli Energy, LLC.
The Resource Development Council (RDC) is a statewide, non-profit, membership-funded organization founded in 1975. The RDC membership is comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, timber, tourism, and fisheries industries, as well as Alaska Native corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to link these diverse interests together to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.
Gas development in Interior Alaska provides a greatly needed resource in a region that relies heavily on high priced heating fuel. The proximity of the exploration basin to Nenana and Fairbanks allows for use of existing infrastructure and a practical market for the gas.
Additionally, gas production would provide other benefits, including new jobs in rural and urban areas, and additional tax and royalty income to the state.
The $2.5 million work commitment has been met and the joint landowner the University of Alaska, has concurred with this proposal. RDC supports and believes it is in the best interest of the State of Alaska to extend the license, allowing three years of further exploration.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
For Alaska, Inc.