Alaska’s largest private-sector employer, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., has laid off employees and cut charitable giving due to the collapse in oil prices and the economic shutdown caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Arctic Slope Regional Corp. has long been one of the most aggressive advocates for opening ANWR to oil development.
Long before it announced its withdrawal from AFN, there were signs of a schism between ASRC and the most influential Native advocacy group.
On Thursday, the Trump administration took one of the last steps to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Richard Glenn is an inconvenient truth for opponents of drilling in the Arctic Refuge. He presents a challenge to a prevalent narrative in Washington, D.C., that Native people oppose development in the Arctic.
ASRC president and CEO Rex Rock Sr. said: “Trying to balance a state budget on the backs of the Iñupiat people across the Arctic Slope is a wrongsided attack on our region.”
Throughout the hearing, an organized group of opponents from communities across the state provided much of the public testimony against development in the refuge, holding up bandannas and signs that said: “Defend the Sacred: Protect the Arctic.”
She’s executive vice president of Arctic Slope Regional Corp, and one of its 13,000 shareholders. That stock seems to have stumped the government ethics office.
If confirmed, Tara Sweeney would be the first Alaskan to serve in the position. Her nomination has Alaska’s U.S. senators literally cheering.
However, Ole Lake with the Alaska Wilderness League thinks a lot of Native folks happy about the decision are probably too busy with subsistence activities to make their views known.