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Governor Walker Concludes Three-Day Trip to North Slope


May 22, 2015
Friday PM

(SitNews) Deadhorse, Alaska – Governor Bill Walker is wrapping up his three-day trip to the North Slope today after visiting new drill sites at Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk, Alpine and Point Thomson; touring the North Slope Borough’s new water treatment facility; and observing flood damage on the Dalton Highway. This is Governor Walker’s first trip to the North Slope since taking office.

jpg Governor Walker Concludes Three-Day Trip to North Slope

Governor Walker with project leader Christina Nordstrom of ExxonMobil at their Pt. Thomson site

“This is something I have wanted to do since the day I was sworn in,” Governor Walker said. “Often, I only get the chance to meet with a few high-level industry representatives who visit me in Juneau. Being able to talk to the workers at the drill sites and on the drill rigs gives me a better perspective when I’m having discussions about oil and gas development on the North Slope.”

Governor Walker spent a day at facilities with each major producer, including Kuparuk and Alpine with ConocoPhillips, Point Thomson with ExxonMobil, and Prudhoe Bay with BP. Each visit gave the governor a chance to see firsthand the new technology being used and the opportunity to meet with the workers who oversee operations.

Prior to the trip, Governor Walker met with the presidents of Caelus Energy, Hilcorp, Armstrong Oil and Gas, and other exploration and production companies.

Governor Walker also met with North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower, and toured the borough’s new water treatment facility in Deadhorse. Governor Walker said he will return to Juneau with a great deal of enthusiasm about activity in the region and the opportunities that lie ahead.

“All too often, the focus is on declining production on the North Slope,” Governor Walker said. “Over the past three days, I have seen three new drill sites at different stages of construction, new hotels and buildings, and people hard at work during all hours of the day. It needs to be made clear: Alaska’s North Slope is open for business and remains one of the best investments in the world.”

Governor Walker also flew over the flooded Dalton Highway, and participated in the daily unified incident command meeting, where he heard from representatives of companies affected by the road damage. Governor Walker re-emphasized his commitment to do what is necessary in response to the serious logistical problems facing many businesses and private contractors.

“I applaud the employees of the Alaska Department of Transportation and all the members of the UIC team for working together to address the flooding as quickly as possible,” Governor Walker said. “I have reassured Commissioner Marc Luiken and DOT officials in Prudhoe Bay that I will do whatever is necessary to find a solution to this problem.”

Governor Walker will sign a second disaster proclamation while in Deadhorse today; this proclamation is for the entire North Slope borough, including the Dalton Highway.

State agencies are currently working on the disaster declaration package to expedite repairs and emergency repairs. Once that is complete, a more detailed explanation of exactly what the second disaster proclamation entails will be released.



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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