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House Majority E-News for Feb 9, 2011 ANS Crude: $91.46 Henry Hub: $4.23


A Terrible Day for Alaska" Says Speaker

(Juneau) - House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, released the
following statement tonight upon learning of ConocoPhillips and
Marathon Oil's decision to close their Nikiski LNG facility sometime
in the spring or summer.

"It's a terrible day for Alaska. I can only imagine what this is
doing for the workers there and their families, and those on the
platform. I've gone to school with, know and represent today some of
the families affected by today's decision. The plant offered 30-plus
jobs, with another 30-plus on the platform. Those were high-paying,
family-supporting wages. Gone. It's adding insult to injury for my
district because we lost the Agrium fertilizer plant three years ago
as well.

The full text and audio of this release can be found below:



House Acts to Support Essential Air Service Program

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today
unanimously passed House Resolution 5, which puts the body's support
for the federal Essential Air Service Program on the record and calls
on the U.S. Congress not to adopt an amendment to a bill before the
U.S. Senate seeking to strip the program. House Majority Whip Peggy
Wilson, R-Wrangell, sponsored the bill, which was brought up as a
special order of business during today's House floor session and
passed with one amendment 38 to zero.

U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, has crafted amendment four to
the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
which that would eliminate funding for the EAS program, which provides
subsidies for 44 Alaska communities.

"This program is vital for rural Alaska, and touches five communities
in my district here in Southeast," Whip Wilson said. "While I can
understand the senior senator from Arizona's thinking when it comes to
Lower 48 recipients with communities on road systems, it's just not
the case here in Alaska. We have some of the most isolated and remote
communities in the nation, and without EAS support from the FAA they'd
lose a critical link to the 'outside world.' Many of us are aware that
air travel in a majority of our state isn't a convenience, it's the
only way in or out - it's a way of life."

The full text and audio of this release can be found below:



Audio and POTD: Comments come from Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer and Rep.
Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon. The Resources Committee Co-Chair comment on
consultant Roger Marks' presentation on the history of oil taxes in
Alaska, and the importance of educating the committee as they begin
deliberating oil tax bills this session.






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