- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 41. Public Resources
- Chapter 9. Oil and Gas Exploration Incentive Credits
- Section 10. Exploration Incentive Credits.
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AS 41.09.010. Exploration Incentive Credits.
- (a) Under an incentive program distinct from the exploration incentive credit authorized by AS 38.05.180
(i), the commissioner may extend to a qualified applicant an exploration incentive credit for each of the following
activities performed on land in the state, regardless of whether the land is state-owned land:
- (1) geophysical work on land that is not subject to a credit under AS 38.05.180(i);
- (2) drilling a stratigraphic test well; and
- (3) drilling an exploratory well.
- (b) An exploration incentive credit extended under (a) of this section may be applied against
- (1) a payment or obligation against which a credit authorized by AS 38.05.180(i) may be claimed;
- (2) taxes payable under AS 43.20; and
- (3) oil and gas bonus payments due the state under AS 38.05.180
- (c) An exploration incentive credit may be extended under (a) of this section to a qualified applicant if
- (1) application for the exploration incentive credit is made by the qualified applicant to the commissioner and is
approved before drilling or geophysical work commences;
- (2) all geophysical work is performed, and all stratigraphic test wells or exploratory wells are drilled, after August 7,
1994, and before July 1, 2007; and
- (3) copies of all raw and processed data derived from drilling a stratigraphic test well or exploratory well or performing
geophysical work are provided by the qualified applicant to the commissioner within 30 days after the completion,
abandonment, or suspension of the well or completion of the geophysical work.
- (d) Data derived from drilling a stratigraphic test well or exploratory well that is provided to the commissioner under
(c)(3) of this section shall be kept confidential for 24 months after receipt by the commissioner unless the owner of
the well gives written permission to the state to release the well data at an earlier date, and, notwithstanding AS 31.05.035
(c), confidentiality may not be extended beyond 24 months. The provisions of AS 38.05.035
(a)(8)(C) apply to other data provided to the commissioner under (c)(3) of this section, except that the commissioner,
under appropriate confidentiality provisions and without preference or discrimination, may display to all interested
third parties, but may not distribute or transfer in hard copy or electronic form, those data with respect to all land
if the commissioner determines that the limited disclosure is necessary to further the interest of the state in
evaluating or developing its land.
- (e) The amount of an exploration incentive credit extended under (a) of this section is determined by the commissioner and
shall be based on eligible costs, approved by the commissioner, of performing geophysical work, drilling a
stratigraphic test well, and drilling an exploratory well. The amount of an exploration incentive credit may not exceed
50 percent of eligible costs relating to activities performed on state-owned land and 25 percent of eligible costs
relating to activities performed on land in the state not owned by the state.
- (f) The amount of an exploration incentive credit extended under (a) of this section may not exceed $5,000,000 per
eligible project, as defined by the commissioner by regulation. The total of all credits extended by the commissioner
under (a) of this section may not exceed $30,000,000.
- (g) An exploration incentive credit must be used within five years after it is extended under (a) of this section, and may
be assigned by the qualified applicant to another person for the purposes described in (b) of this section.
- (h) Amounts due the permanent fund under AS 37.13.010
shall be calculated before the application of a credit extended under (a) of this section.
- (i) The commissioner may not allow to a qualified applicant the claim of an exploration incentive credit under this
chapter for an activity of the qualified applicant that occurs in any year in which the qualified applicant owes a
liquidated debt to a state agency or to a public corporation of the state. The applicant's failure to obtain the claim
of the exploration incentive credit under this subsection waives the credit for those activities in any subsequent
year. In this subsection, "liquidated debt" means a debt that is immediately and unconditionally due, either by
agreement of the state and the qualified applicant or by law, and that involves an obligation or payment against which
the exploration incentive credit may be claimed under (b) of this section.
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