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We bid adieu to Gail Phillips, a great Alaskan

North Slope

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Gail Phillips, one of the founding directors of KEEP Alaska Competitive and a former Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives. Gail had a true passion for responsible natural resource development, politics and serving Alaska. Her wise counsel and eternal optimism will be missed.

Gail dedicated her life to making Alaska the best it could be, epitomized by this observation from Joe Hayes, a friend and former Alaska legislator, which her family shares in her obituary. “I learned so much from you Madam Speaker over the years and I just want to say thank you. I will miss your ability to work in a bi-partisan fashion to do the right thing for subsistence when the head winds were so strong against it. You were a leader willing to be a stateswoman first and not a politician, even if it cost you later in your career. As I look at politics today, I miss when the parties were less tribal, more civil and looking out for the interest of all. Madam Speaker. You have earned the right to gavel out sine die for a final time as you have left a legacy that will be hard to replace. Rest now and know you leave an incredible legacy in your wake. Until we meet again.”

Join us for a Celebration of Life honoring Gail Phillips

Thursday, June 3rd, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
at the Kincaid Chalet.

2:00pm Memorial Service
3:00pm Open House
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Gail with a donation to The Gail Phillips Alaskan Leader Scholarship

UAF Development
PO Box 757530
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7530

Click here for more about her amazing life and to leave a remembrance.

North Slope

ConocoPhillips Alaska’s first quarter report shows significant Alaska investment

Let’s take a look at the numbers. In the first quarter of 2021, ConocoPhillips Alaska:

  • Invested $235 million in capital on the North Slope, about 20% of the company’s global capital spend
  • Incurred an estimated $227 million due to the state in the form of production taxes, royalties, property taxes and state income tax
  • Invested nearly $2 million year-to-date in communities across Alaska and over 200 employee volunteer hours
  • Reported a net income of $159 million

Since 2007, ConocoPhillips Alaska has paid more than $38 billion in taxes and royalties to the state and federal government. Of that amount, about $30 billion went directly to the state. More here.

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Anchorage skyline

Prop 1 defeat ‘good’ for Anchorage economy

Bill Popp with the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation is optimistic for the future of the oil and gas industry in Alaska. In a recently released video sponsored by the companies of McKinley Management, Bill called the industry a “major direct and indirect driver” of the Anchorage economy and cited several events that point us in the right direction. These include defeat of Ballot Measure 1, a recent recovery of oil prices, huge new North Slope oil discoveries, mitigation of the pandemic through broad deployment of vaccinations by the end of 2021 and a stabilized international marketplace. You can watch his presentation here.

Tractors on North Slope

Winter exploration produces ‘encouraging’ results

Here’s some warm news from a cold spot. Early results from the North Slope's two winter exploration wells are encouraging, operators said.

88 Energy, whose subsidiary Emerald House drilled the Merlin 1 well in NPR-Alaska, says drilling data indicates multiple potentially hydrocarbon bearing zones" were encountered in the Nanushuk formation.

Pantheon Resources, whose affiliate Great Bear Pantheon drilled the Talitha A well on state land, said they have "encountered five zones" all of which are hydrocarbon bearing and warrant testing. More here.

Alpine facility

Forecast up with rising oil prices

The Alaska Department of Revenue delivered some good news recently when it unveiled its spring forecast. Rising oil prices should add $332 million to this fiscal year’s income, and an additional $460 million next year. The revenue forecast is based on an average FY21 North Slope oil price of $51.65 per barrel. More here.

Milne Point

A step closer to unlocking billions of barrels of heavy oil

An experiment to increase production of the North Slope’s billions of barrels of heavy oil is showing good results. “We have succeeded so far,” said Abhijit Dandekar, chair of UAF’s Petroleum Engineering Department. Dandekar is leading a team of UAF researchers in collaboration with Hilcorp Alaska engineers to flesh out the viability of injecting a polymer into Milne Point’s Schrader Bluff heavy oil reservoir. The effort is funded by a four-year, $9.7 million Department of Energy-sponsored study. So far the team has increased production by about 1,000 barrels per day. More here.

North Slope STEM

Putting STEM to work on the Slope

In a year when educators have struggled to even talk with their students, Alaska Resource Education (ARE) has used innovation and technology to grow and expand its impact. ARE’s mission is to educate students about Alaska’s resources through curriculum that meets Alaska State Science Standards and has been aligned with the common core in English, language arts and math. Their online resources include a video library where folks like Taylor Owen talk about coming to Alaska to work as a guide but end up as a production operator where he uses STEM every day. More here.

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