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House Majority E-News for Feb 15, 2011 ANS Crude: $89.82 Henry Hub: $3.92

Would the Last One to Leave Alaska Please Turn Out the Lights? OP-ED by Representative Mike Chenault

This week's news that ConocoPhillips and Marathon will be shutting
down LNG exports from Cook Inlet is a staggering blow for the
Peninsula and for Alaska -- and raises crucial questions for our
future.

I can only imagine what this is doing for the workers and their
families. I've gone to school with, know and represent some of the
families affected by today's decision. Those were high-paying,
family-supporting wages. Gone. It's adding insult to injury for my
district, having lost the Agrium fertilizer plant three years ago.
It's a terrible day for the Peninsula and Alaska.

I fear the consequences this decision will have over the next days,
weeks and months, on our Kenai communities, the Railbelt energy grid,
Southcentral gas supply and Inlet exploration and development. It's a
sad day for the Inlet and our outlook. The problem now comes in the
winter when cold, dark days hit Southcentral and we won't have gas
that the plant supplied as a back-stop.

The full text of this op-ed can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=chen20110215-45
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Audio and POTD: Rep. Herron and Rep. Olson Comment on the Kenai LNG
Facility Closure during Tuesday's EDT&T Hearing

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=91&leg=27

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=92&leg=27

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=93&leg=27

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POTD: Image Pictures Members of the Audience at Tuesday's Fish Caucus
Lunch Meeting

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=94&leg=27

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