Brenda Ahlberg, Boys & Girls Club executive director, presents ConocoPhillips executives Lindsey Clark, Peter Micciche and Scott Jepsen with a personal thank you note from club members at last week's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting.
In an effort to demonstrate the size of their appreciation for the latest contribution from ConocoPhillips to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, members of the seven Peninsula Clubs created a super sized thank you note with personal messages from many of the members. The card was presented last week to Scott Jepsen, Peter Micciche, and Lindsey Clark of ConocoPhillips at the regular meeting of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.
“This token of our appreciation illustrates the wonderful partnership that has been established between ConocoPhillips and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula (their most recent contribution was in the amount of $30,000). Together, our relationship goes well beyond philanthropic boundaries. I would like to emphasize that ConocoPhillip’s team of community-minded individuals are also working parents and/or grandparents that desire to provide sound enrichment and environmental stewardship programs for our youth. These individuals, like Peter Micciche, have given of themselves in many ways time and time again that have helped me personally grow and become a better executive director. Apropos is the long-term relationship between our organization and ConocoPhillips as, together, we continue to provide programs for youth that focus upon the celebration of individualism in an environment that demands good stewards. From the importance of highlighting diversity to embracing the bounty that is Alaska, our young members do so with active volunteerism and financial support from ConocoPhillips, our cornerstone contributor,” said Brenda Ahlberg, executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.
Scott Jepsen, Cook Inlet manager for ConocoPhillips, addressed the Chamber on another matter of importance to his company’s LNG plant in Nikiski: their application for a two year extension of their LNG export permit. ConocoPhillips, formerly Phillips Petroleum, innovated the technology to produce and ship LNG to Pacific Rim markets in 1969. They have successfully and without spill or incident continued that process for 38 years.
The Federal Department of Energy is now determining whether the plant will remain open for the next two years while Alaska debates transportation systems to bring huge supplies of North Slope gas to markets. It is estimated that such projects could take ten years to complete. “Right now it’s hard to say what will happen to the gas if we don’t get the export extension. We don’t see a market for that gas in that 2009 - 2011 time frame if it’s not used at the LNG plant, as the gas is surplus to demand. We can’t shut the gas in without losing the resource and deliverability. The best thing we can do for the resource is to keep producing it. We’re constrained by the Jones Act because our ships are not U.S. built and crewed, so we are unable to deliver to U.S. markets. Without the extension, the plant would have to be moth balled or torn down and the jobs will go away,” explained Jepsen.
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