Resource Development Council

RDC Comment Letter:
TA 187-4 – Agreement between ENSTAR and Marathon

May 13, 2010

Regulatory Commission of Alaska
701 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501

Re: TA 187-4 - Support of gas supply agreement approval between ENSTAR and Marathon

Dear Commissioners Pickett, Giard, Lisankie, Patch, and Wilson:

On behalf of the Resource Development Council for Alaska (RDC), I write to support the Regulatory Commission’s expedited approval of the proposed gas supply agreement (GSA) between ENSTAR Natural Gas Company (ENSTAR) and Marathon Alaska Production LLC (Marathon).

RDC is a statewide membership-funded organization founded in 1975. Our 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.

This agreement will help meet approximately 90% of ENSTAR’s expected customer needs for two years. The approval of contracts like this are imperative to encourage additional exploration and development in Alaska, and in Cook Inlet in particular. Subsequently, additional exploration and development will create essential jobs for Alaskans.

In conclusion, RDC supports the approval of the GSA between ENSTAR and Marathon by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Thank you for your consideration.

Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.