- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 38. Public Land
- Chapter 5. Alaska Land Act
- Section 183. Sale of Royalty.
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AS 38.05.183. Sale of Royalty.
- (a) The sale, exchange, or other disposal of a mineral obtained by the state as a royalty under AS 38.05.182
, or the sale, exchange, or other disposal in whole or in part of a right to receive future mineral production under a
state lease under this chapter, shall be by competitive bid and the sale, exchange, or other disposal made to the
highest responsible bidder, except that competitive bidding is not required when the commissioner, after prior written
notice to the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board under AS 38.06.050, determines that the best interest of the state
does not require it or that no competition exists.
- (b) When competitive bids are required, the commissioner, after prior written notice to the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas
Development Advisory Board, may reject all bids on a determination that because of the amount of the bids, the lack of
responsibility on the part of the bidders, or for reasons consistent with the criteria set out in AS 38.06.070, the acceptance of the bids would not be in the
best interest of the state.
- (c) If the commissioner determines that a sale, exchange, or other disposal of a mineral obtained by the state as a
royalty under AS 38.05.182 or of a right to receive
future mineral production under a state lease under this chapter shall be made otherwise than by competitive bid, and
the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board has been notified in writing of that determination, the
commissioner shall make public in writing the specific findings and conclusions upon which that determination is based.
- (d) Oil or gas taken in kind by the state as its royalty share may not be sold or otherwise disposed of for export from
the state until the commissioner determines that the royalty-in-kind oil or gas is surplus to the present and projected
intrastate domestic and industrial needs. The commissioner shall make public, in writing, the specific findings and
reasons on which the determination is based.
- (e) When a sale, exchange, or other disposal of oil or gas taken in kind by the state as its royalty share, or a sale,
exchange, or other disposal in whole or in part of a right to receive future royalty oil or gas, under a state lease
under this chapter is made other than by competitive bid, the sale, exchange, or other disposal shall be awarded by the
commissioner to the prospective buyer whose proposal offers the maximum benefits to citizens of the state. The
commissioner shall consider
- (1) the cash value offered;
- (2) the projected effects of the sale, exchange, or other disposal on the economy of the state;
- (3) the projected benefits of refining or processing the oil or gas in the state;
- (4) the ability of the prospective buyer to provide refined products or by-products for distribution and sale in the state
with price or supply benefits to the citizens of the state; and
- (5) the criteria listed in AS 38.06.070
- (f) The commissioner may not enter into a contract for the sale of royalty oil unless the contract provides that any
material amendment to the contract that appreciably reduces the consideration received by the state requires prior
approval of the legislature.
- (g) AS 38.05.035
(e) does not apply to a sale, exchange, or other disposal of oil or gas under this section.
- (h) Upon legislative approval, the commissioner may enter into a contract to sell royalty gas taken in kind by the state
to a gas or electric utility at a negotiated price for the gas if the commissioner, after considering the consumer
benefits, other benefits, and detriments of the sale, makes a written finding that the sale is in the best interest of
the state. In this subsection,
- (1) "gas or electric utility" has the meaning given in AS 38.05.180(bb);
- (2) "royalty gas taken in kind by the state" does not include royalty gas taken in kind by the state from gas production
on land patented to the state under
- (A) P.L. 84-830, 70 Stat. 709 (Alaska Mental Health Enabling Act);
- (B) 38 Stat. 1214 (Act of March 4, 1915); or
- (C) 43 U.S.C. 1635 in settlement of the claims of the state under 38 Stat. 1214.
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