Senator Berta Gardner

January 6, 2014

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Serving Midtown, Spenard, and UMed

716 W. 4th Ave. Suite 340
Anchorage AK, 99501
 
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Looking Forward to Seeing You

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

          This is a reminder about the District Constituent meeting tomorrow, Tuesday:

Wendler Middle School
2905 Lake Otis Parkway
5:30 -7:00pm, Tuesday

          Representatives Harriet Drummond and Andy Josephson and I will all be there to offer you snacks and conversation about the upcoming session.  

          We will also have special guest, Larry Persily, our own state expert and Federal Coordinator of Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects.  I've been thinking about some of the questions I want to ask him and will share them with you here.

  • At the start of session last year, Governor Parnell announced a set of benchmarks on gas pipeline progress.   He set June 2013 as the goal for a commercial agreement among the majors for a gas pipeline.  Do you think the failure to reach commercial agreement is a big warning sign for our efforts and hopes for monetizing our gas?
  • Governor Murkowski and others have called for the state to scrap the Trans Canada agreement, saying that is impedes progress on a pipeline. That contract includes the "must haves" which protect our own access to gas, on fair terms, and also keep the pipeline open to potential new shippers, thus avoiding the near monopoly we see on the TAPS line.  Do you think the Trans Canada contract helps or hinders the effort to develop Alaska’s gas for the benefit of Alaska? 
  • What are the alternatives to an expensive pipeline for monetizing our gas?   The Bradner Report says  "The latest effort is facing the same obstacles that blocked earlier efforts  - huge  costs, competition from other LNG, uncertainties in the market, and Alaska’s tax regime.” and suggest that there may be better options.
  • Do we really have gas available for export?   Cathy Foerster of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says that there is not enough gas for export in the forseeable future because the gas is needed to pressurize oil wells on the North Slope. 

          We all look forward to seeing you tomorrow.  If you are unable to join us, however, we invite you to call or email with your own questions, comments, suggestions, concerns....

          I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

signed: Berta

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