ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A statewide Alaskan television spot launched today by Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) highlights the key role that Arctic energy development plays in supporting native Alaskan communities.
"Iñupiat Eskimo and other indigenous peoples have lived in the Arctic for thousands of years," said Rex Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. "As stewards of the land we have the most at stake in protecting an environment that is fundamental to our way of life. We also understand that environmental stewardship does not come at the expense of the responsible development of our natural resources, which is essential to our economic future."
"Unfortunately, federal agencies continue to fail to accept this reality, limiting the potential of Arctic energy production, and in so doing putting at risk the future of our communities. It is time for Washington to respect the wishes of the Arctic people and to support responsible energy production in our state. The livelihood and future of Alaskan Natives depends on it," said Crawford Patkotak, ASRC chairman of the board of directors.
The Alaskan ad buy is one part of ASRC's effort to raise awareness of the importance of Arctic energy, centered around the President's visit to Alaska between August 31 and September 2. To date, Alaska has derived 90 percent of its operating budget from the oil and natural gas industry and Arctic exploration is expected to create 55,000 new jobs over the next several years, with nearly 100,000 jobs at peak employment.
The television ad will run across the state of Alaska from today through Tuesday, September 1. For more on ASRC's activities, visit www.ASRC.com.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation's shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 12,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has six major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, government services and resource development.
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