ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 152
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
February 17, 1995
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the
authority vested in me by art. III, of the Alaska Constitution,
and by AS 44.19.028, establish the Oil and Gas Policy Council.
The future of oil and gas matters is of vital public interest.
There is a need to study the long-range options available to
industry and the state, and propose possible courses of action,
in the hopes of minimizing potential problems and conflicts in
The purpose of the Oil and Gas Policy Council (Council) is
to develop the framework that will be used to evaluate issues
that will arise in the future concerning Alaska's oil and gas
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The council shall provide periodic reports to the Governor
that address the following issues:
1. What additional steps, if any, should be taken to promote
the lifting of the oil export ban.
2. What steps, if any, should the state take to promote exploration
and production from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
3. What can be done to improve the participation of independent
oil and gas companies in exploration and production in Alaska.
4. How long will the North Slope continue to produce enough
oil to keep the Trans-Alaska Pipeline operating.
5. What effect will the availability of production from newly
discovered fields have on extending the operating life of the
6. Whether the state should further alter its royalty or tax
structure to encourage exploration and development of new or
already discovered fields.
7. If, when or how North Slope gas will be marketed, identifying
possible scenarios such as: (1) marketing liquefied natural gas
to Asia; (2) conversion of gas to liquids for transportation
through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline; (3) marketing gas or natural
gas liquids in Alaska; or (4) marketing gas in the contiguous
8. How to provide job opportunities in the oil and gas industry
for Alaskans who have not traditionally been employed in that
9. What steps should be taken to promote additional oil and
gas production and development in the Cook Inlet basin.
10. What steps should be taken to promote industrial development
using the natural gas found in the Cook Inlet basin and elsewhere.
11. What additional steps should be taken to assure protection
of Alaska's lands and waters during expanded exploration, production,
transportation, and refining activities within the state.
12. Other steps the state and industry can take cooperatively
to ensure a healthy business climate, a strong employment base,
and a steady source of revenues to the state.
COMPOSITION OF COUNCIL
The Governor will appoint at least thirteen persons as members
of the Oil and Gas Policy Council to include:
A. the commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development or
B. the commissioner of Natural Resources or designee;
C. the commissioner of Revenue or designee;
D. two legislators, one from each house; and
E. eight public members, at least three of whom shall be employed
in oil and gas exploration and production.
The Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall
provide administrative support for the council. In accordance
with law, the department may enter into intergovernmental agreements
necessary to accomplish the purposes of this order.
A quorum of the council must be present at the council meetings.
A majority of the council constitutes a quorum. Council members
who are not state employees serve without compensation and are
entitled to per diem and travel expenses in the same manner permitted
for members of other state boards and commissions. The Governor
shall designate a member of the council as chair of the council.
Meetings of the council shall be conducted in accordance with
AS 44.62.310 (Open Meetings Act).
This order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Kenai, Alaska, this 17th day of February, 1995.