AOGA Awards



The Contractor of the Year Award for Safety Performance, sponsored by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, was created to recognize an oil and gas support company that has demonstrated exemplary commitment to safety. To be considered for this award, a company had to demonstrate the highest safety standards, communication of safety policies and employee training, and have an exemplary record of incident-free days. 

The 2016 Contractor of the Year for Safety Performance is Pacific Rim Logistics, also known as PRL. PRL truly exemplifies the highest standard of safety, through exemplary communication, training, and modeling safety to the workforce. PRL employees worked more than 210,000 hours on the Point Thomson project in 2015, including 164 cargo flights, 129 coastal barge voyages and more than 44,000 personnel moved via charter with zero lost time incidents and zero recordable incidents. Personal engagement by PRL senior leadership in articulating, modeling, and recognizing safety standards drives safety as a core value through all level of the organization.



The Marilyn Crockett Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the former AOGA Executive Director who dedicated her entire 41-year career to, as she stated, “growing Alaska’s economy through a vibrant oil and gas sector in the state.” This award recognizes the service contributions of a direct oil and gas industry employee who, like Marilyn, has devoted his/her professional life to fostering the viability of the oil and gas industry in Alaska for the benefit of all Alaskans. This award honors the dedication Marilyn displayed during her career: exceptional devotion of time, effort, thought, and action consistently shown in his/her work for the betterment of the oil and gas industry in Alaska.

The 2016 Marilyn Crockett Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Kevin Tabler of Hilcorp Alaska. Kevin has spent his 36-year career in Alaska involved in much of the land and commercial activity as a Certified Professional Landman and Environmental Site Assessor. He has worked on corporate, commercial, and transactional matters, Native land issues, and business management benefiting nearly every facet of the petroleum industry in Alaska. Additionally, Kevin has contributed to Alaska through service to many organizations, including the Alaska Safari Club International, the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Boys and Girls Club of Alaska.



The Rising Star Award honors a young professional oil and gas industry employee, under the age of 35, who has made an immediate and definitive impact on the oil and gas industry in Alaska. This award  honors a young professional that embodies a passion and commitment to fostering the long-term viability of oil and gas in Alaska for the benefit of all Alaskans.

The 2016 AOGA Rising Star Award winner is Sterling Rearden of BP Exploration Alaska. Originally from Bethel, Sterling was an Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and began his career at BP Alaska through a summer internship program. He is now a project manager with BP’s Global Projects Organization, with responsibility for increasingly complex and expensive projects. In addition to delivering consistently exceptional work product, Sterling is known as being a collaborative leader who recognizes the efforts and achievements of his colleagues. Outside of his project work, Sterling co-manages the summer bridge intern program for ANSEP and is also the co-founder of the Native American and Alaska Native Business Resource Group for BP North America.



The Alaska Oil and Gas Project of the Year for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation sponsored by Stoel Rives honors an Alaska oil and gas industry project that demonstrates superior environmental stewardship in its area of design, construction or operation and/or an innovative approach that sets a new standard for industry design, construction or operation in Alaska.  Given the unique climate and ecosystems in Alaska, local industry has a proud tradition of environmentally prudent and technologically innovative projects and operations.  This award highlights the projects or strategies that are both unequivocally successful and represent innovation in their operation or approach. 

The 2016 AOGA Project of the Year for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation is the ExxonMobil Point Thomson Project. The Point Thomson reservoir holds an estimated eight trillion cubic feet of natural gas and associated natural gas condensate, about 25 percent of the known natural gas reserves on Alaska’s North Slope. Environmental excellence and innovation has been at the core of all aspects of project planning and execution, and are demonstrated in techniques such as long reach drilling, module barge and a nearshore bulkhead system eliminating the need for a causeway, community consultations influencing design decision, and the use of Ground Surveillance Radar technology to detect polar bears and other large animal approaching from distances greater than one kilometer. The Point Thomson Project also employs the use of motion-activated cameras to document caribou movements and satellite-based remote sensing techniques to monitor the annual caribou migration, thus reducing the use of low-flying aircraft. Additionally, the use of two Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) have allowed the project to monitor tundra vegetation and hydrology, providing superior imagery and setting the standard for photographic monitoring of environmental sites.


Awards were received and reviewed by a seven person committee made up of industry experts, both active and retired, in the fields of government and public affairs, business, environmental and regulatory affairs, land management, and environmental law.

Please join us at the AOGA 50th Anniversary Celebration & Conference on May 25, 2016 as we honor our award winners. Registration and more information are available here.