Headlamp – Bristol Bay Native Corp. against Stand for Salmon initiative

BBNC comes out against Stand for Salmon. The Bristol Bay Native Corporation is opposed to the Pebble Mine, but the regional Alaska Native corporation is not backing the ballot initiative known as “Stand for Salmon.” “Notwithstanding BBNC’s opposition to Pebble, BBNC believes responsible resource development can take place in Bristol Bay. Development that aligns with local opinion and does not threaten the region’s fisheries and fish habitat can and should be given an opportunity to proceed,” BBNC President and CEO Jason Metrokin said in a written statement. BBNC does not support HB 199 – sponsored by Kodiak Republican Rep. Louise Stutes – or the Stand for Salmon initiative. “Each would unnecessarily and negatively impact resource development projects and potentially the subsistence activities upon which our shareholders depend,” Metrokin wrote. Stand for Salmon’s provisions might make Pebble impossible to permit, and two of its backers hail from Bristol Bay. Gayla Hoseth is a second chief with the Curyung Tribe in Dillingham, and Brian Kraft operates the Alaska Sportsman fishing lodges nestled in east and west side headwaters.

The right mine at the right time? The Trump administration is currently weighing a decision that could alter the future of the Pebble Mine — and the Bristol Bay region communities that would see the mine built in their backyard. That includes Dillingham and Iliamna. They were the only two places the Environmental Protection Agency visited last month to get public input on whether to scrap an Obama-era proposal to put restrictions on the mine. In Dillingham, residents spoke unanimously against the idea. But in Iliamna, the reaction was more mixed. At least one resident is still deciding whether the mine is a good idea.

From the Washington Examiner’s Daily on Energy:

NEBRASKA COMMISSION TO RULE ON KEYSTONE PIPELINE: The Nebraska Public Service Commission announced it will make its long-awaited decision on whether to allow the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 20. The five members of the commission will vote on whether Keystone XL developer TransCanada can build a section of the 1,200-mile pipeline as proposed. The final step: The vote represents the last regulatory hurdle facing the pipeline, which has been protested by environmental activists. Trump granted a permit for the pipeline in March.

Wanted: a diversified workforce. Industry is committed to making its workforce more diverse. Now and over the next decade or two, there’s great opportunity to realize that goal. With 40 percent or more of industry’s worker base on track to retire by 2035, research indicates hundreds of thousands of women and minorities will help fill the ranks through the next decade and beyond. Critically important is properly preparing them to be petroleum engineers, geologists, welders, electricians, accountants, business managers and more. API President and CEO Jack Gerard, in remarks prepared for last month’s energy policy summit of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE):

“We’ll need the talent of everyone, without regard to gender, race, or background. … To address the disparity between where we are and where we need to be, API is working in partnership with organizations like AABE, to increase the awareness of our industry in currently underrepresented communities with a focus on STEM education.”

First Reads:

Bristol Bay Native Corp. against Stand for Salmon initiative
Alaska Public Media/KDLG, Dave Bendinger, November 13, 2017

A potential neighbor to the Pebble Mine sees both sides
Alaska Public Media, Elizabeth Harball, November 13, 2017

Working For A More Diverse Workforce
Breaking Energy, Energy Tomorrow Blog, November 13, 2017