Deckboss visitors know we've been keeping pretty close tabs on the standoff between Adak Seafood and its reluctant landlord, Aleut Enterprise.
Thus far the dispute has been waged vigorously in the bankruptcy court, the state courts and U.S. District Court.
Now Adak Seafood is taking the fight to a new arena, filing this
formal complaint today with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
A lawyer for Adak Seafood, which is trying to re-establish fish and crab processing in Adak Island's lone packing house, accuses Adak Petroleum of abusing its monopoly by refusing to sell diesel fuel to the plant.
Adak Petroleum, the island's only fuel supplier, is an Aleut Enterprise subsidiary.
Without the fuel to run a backup generator, tons of seafood could rot and go to waste in the event of an electrical power outage, Adak Seafood's complaint says.
Indeed, it appears this is the landlord's intent — a catastrophic loss "to kill" Adak Seafood, contends company lawyer Brewster Jamieson.
He urges the RCA, which regulates utilities, to extend its authority over Adak Petroleum, which currently "operates illegally, far from the watchful eye of any regulatory body."
Jamieson says Adak Petroleum charges exorbitant prices to "gouge" its customers, and is putting the island's environment at risk as evidenced by a recent spill.
Well, Deckboss will be sure to watch for the other side of the story, which he trusts will be filed in short order with the RCA.