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
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
Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.