Resource Development Council

RDC Letter:
CS HB 276 - Support Oil and Gas Tax Credits

March 12, 2012

Co-Chairs Feige and Seaton
House Resources Committee
Alaska State Legislature
State Capitol Building
Juneau, AK 99801

Re: House Resources Hearing on CS HB 276 – Oil and Gas Tax Credits

Dear Co-Chairs Feige and Seaton and Members of House Resources:

The Resource Development Council (RDC) writes to express support for CS HB 276, oil and gas tax credits in areas south of the Brooks Range to outside the Cook Inlet basin, including the Nenana and Selawik basins.

RDC is a statewide business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism and fisheries industries. RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native Corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.

RDC supports the much needed development of oil and gas resources in Interior and western Alaska, regions that relies heavily on high priced heating fuel. Much of the area under consideration is near existing infrastructure, and Fairbanks, which could be a practical market for the oil and gas.

Not only is it a top priority for RDC to advocate for tax policy and incentives that enhance the State of Alaska’s competitiveness for all industries, but also to support measures to reverse the Alaska oil and gas production decline. This includes legislation that results in new exploration and development.

Additionally, oil and gas exploration and production in Interior and rural Alaska would provide other benefits, such as new, well-paying jobs, and increased tax and royalty income to the state. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Resource Development Council for Alaska