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House Majority E-News for Aug 25, 2010 ANS Crude: $70.92 Henry Hub: $3.99

Speaker Urges Members & Public to Turn Out for OCS Public Forum

(Anchorage) - Alaska State House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski,
today urged his peers in the House and interested Alaskans to attend
tomorrow's Offshore Drilling public forum at the Dena'ina Civic and
Convention Center in Anchorage. The U.S. Department of the Interior's
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is
hosting the meeting, which will run from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and
feature three separate panel discussions relating to safety reforms,
well containment and spill response.

"Frankly, I am angry to learn of the way this meeting's announcement
and planning have been handled," Speaker Chenault said. "This is the
publics', and by extension, the legislatures', last chance to have our
voices heard by Interior on the OCS moratorium. That's totally
unacceptable for a decision with the ramifications offshore
development carries for the future of our state."

Speaker Chenault says that the worst part, by far, is that comments
will be confined to comment sheets; there will be no other opportunity
for recorded input. "The forum didn't show up on the department's
announcements page and neither was it communicated to members of the
legislature," Speaker Chenault said. "We learned of it thanks to
dedicated Alaskans raising the issue days before the meeting."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item-796

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