Here — for your current and future reference — are last week’s Resource Development Council for Alaska video and slide presentation archives:

Wednesday, November 16th

7:00 a.m.   Registration/Check-in/Exhibits Open
Eye-Opener Breakfast in Exhibit Area – Sponsored by Wells Fargo

8:00           Opening Remarks
Eric Fjelstad, RDC President, Managing Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Alaska Economic Trends: 2017 Outlook
Neal Fried, Economist, Alaska Department of Labor video slides

Alaska Industry 2016 Year in Review and 2017 Outlook video
Mining: Karen Matthias, Executive Director, Council of Alaska Producers
Fisheries: Glenn Reed, President, Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Oil & Gas: Kara Moriarty, President and CEO, Alaska Oil and Gas Association
Forestry: John Sturgeon, President, Koncor Forest Products        
Tourism: Carol Fraser, Regional Director, Sales and Marketing, Aspen Hotels

10:00         Networking Break – Sponsored by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.

10:30         North Slope Update: Opportunities and Challenges
Scott Jepsen, Vice President, External Affairs and Transportation, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. video

Prudhoe Bay: Alaska’s Past, Present, and Future
Janet Weiss, President, BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. video 

11:30         Networking Break

Noon          Keynote Luncheon: Sponsored by Northrim Bank
The Science Economy: How The Fusion of Technology and Energy Will Impact Our Future
Gianni Kovacevic, Executive Chairman, Copper Bank, Author of My Electrician Drives A Porsche? video

1:30 p.m.   Exploring A New Path Forward for Alaska LNG
Governor Bill Walker video
Keith Meyer, President, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation video slides

The Booming Business of Cruising: Can Alaska Compete?
Ralph Samuels, Vice President, Government and Community Relations – Alaska, Holland America Group
video slides

3:00           Networking Break – Sponsored by Colville, Inc.

3:30           Arctic OCS: Critical Opportunity for Arctic Communities, Alaska, and America
Rex Rock, Sr., President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation video
David Holt, President, Consumer Energy Alliance video slides

4:30           VIP Networking Reception – Hosted by ExxonMobil open to conference registrants and speakers

Thursday, November 17th 
(videos will be available no later than November 25th)

7:30 a.m.   Exhibits Open
Eye-Opener Breakfast in Exhibit Area – BP Alaska

8:00           What Does it Take to Build a Healthy and Sustainable Economy?
Joe Beedle, Chairman of the Board, Northrim Bank slides

A Rising Tide in Mining – What Alaska Can Do For New Investment
Andy Cole, Executive Director, U.S. Operations, Barrick Gold Corporation
Larry Radford, Senior Vice President of Operations, Hecla Mining Company
Tom Syer, Director of Government Affairs, Teck Resources

Oil is Now: Alaska’s Opportunity
Commissioner Andy Mack, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

10:00         Networking Break – Sponsored by Stoel Rives LLP

10:30         The Regs Just Keep on Comin’
Ryan Steen, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP slides
Sara Longan, Executive Director, Office of Project Management and Permitting, Alaska Department of Natural Resources slides

11:30         Networking Break

Noon          Keynote Luncheon: Sponsored by Holland America Line 
Facing the Future With Confidence video (includes both keynote speakers)
Michelle Anderson, President, Ahtna, Inc. slides
Aaron Schutt, President and CEO, Doyon Limited slides

1:30 p.m.   Light at the End of the Tunnel? New Resource Plays and Activities
Ed Kerr, Director, Armstrong Oil and Gas Company slides
Pat Galvin, Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel, Great Bear Petroleum slides
David Wilkins, Senior Vice President for Alaska, Hilcorp Alaska LLC slides
Pat Foley, Senior Vice President, Alaska Operations, Caelus Energy Alaska, LLC slides



Alaska Governor Bill Walker. NGP File Photo by Dave Harbour

Alaska Governor Bill Walker. NGP File Photo by Dave Harbour



For all the flirting Gov. Bill Walker has done with the Obama Administration, last week’s locking up of the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea by the Department of Interior was more than an insult to Alaska. It was the final straw. But all that Walker could say was that it was “disappointing.”

How many times did Walker meet with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell?

With as much respect as we can muster, Walker was a ham-handed Alaska bumpkin whom the DC elite could spot a mile away. In his first two years as governor, Walker has accomplished precious little: He could not get a road to King Cove, he could not get leases approved in the Arctic, and he would not defend our state when it comes to fish and wildlife management. He would not defend our state against the federal take over of tribal land and introduction of Indian Country reservations in Alaska.

He’s a governor who won’t fight Washington on our behalf, but did incur millions of dollars in additional expenses to the state by expanding Obamacare Medicaid in Alaska, at a cost of what was to be $145 million, but which has run $60 million over budget.

Walker ought not stop with disappointment. He ought to be saying he’s mad as hell.

But in his Neville Chamberlain-style policy of appeasement, and for all his obsequious flattery, and his ride on Air Force One, Gov. Walker has not gotten one thing out of this administration. 



Alaska’s Oil Fracas: A Lesson In Biting The Hand That Feeds … Forbes. “What the governor has done is the opposite of what Alaska needs,” says Dave Harbour, former chairman of the state regulatory commission. 

ConocoPhillips seeks to sell Alaska Kenai LNG export terminal

ConocoPhillips (COP.N) said on Friday it was in the process of selling its Kenai liquefied natural gas export terminal in Alaska. The plant entered … 

ConocoPhillips puts historic Kenai LNG plant up for saleKTOO

David Holt

David Holt

RealClearEnergy: Give New Leadership — and Energy — a Chance by David Holt.  The election is over. It’s time to move forward, together. That’s what President-elect Donald Trump and his opponent Hillary Clinton said in their acceptance and concession speeches, respectively. Both speeches radiated sentiments of unity, working together, and of giving a new-look president a chance to succeed. All that, perhaps, starts with energy policy.