It is with a very sad heart that I write this letter. For an Alaskan who grew up with BP, their departure from Alaska is akin to losing a dear friend. We’ve lived through many phases of Alaska’s partnership with BP — growth, production, expansions, losses and now demise from Alaska. I will miss them.
I personally want to express my deepest gratitude to the British Petroleum Corp. and all of their employees and management, over the years, who have so graciously and willingly donated to the betterment of Alaska. There is no area of our state that has not felt BP’s largess, in one way or another. They’ve stepped up to help in times of emergency, they’ve underwritten many special events in Alaska, they have been an annual foundation donor to most of the nonprofit groups in Alaska, and they’ve been there to help communities and individuals in need.
I wish Hilcorp well as they proceed in taking over BP’s business ventures, and I can only hope that they will be as forthcoming as BP has been for the past 60 years to become a great partner of the state of Alaska.
— Gail Phillips
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