Morning Headlamp - Without oil, Alaska's economy won't be healthy
According to Tim Bradner, the Alaska Gasline Development Corp has a long list of to-dos ahead on the Alaska LNG project. First, the state corporation must answer questions submitted through FERC by federal and state agencies on the 12 resource reports prepared by Alaska LNG as a part of the pre-application process for a FERC certificate. A "comprehensive discussion" was also requested of safety measures employed to protect the public, workers and wildlife during construction, including measures like traffic control and above-ground and underground utility crossings. During the permitting and regulatory stages of resource development projects in Alaska, Headlamp hopes the agencies and interested parties can work cohesively and expeditiously to bring projects to life. Regulatory delays only hurt Alaskans and kill jobs.
What's 'healthy' to you? Oil should be a "healthy part" of the budget, but "we cannot tie our state's future to the price of one single commodity," Gov. Bill Walker told the Associated Press. Regarding the budget, most people probably agree that Alaska needs a diversified economy that's not subject to the whim of oil prices, said Rebecca Logan, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance's general manager.
But that's a "very long-term goal," she said, noting a healthy oil industry is important in the meantime.
Considering the industry has traditionally paid upwards of 80 percent of the state's budget and a third of the state relies on the industry for a livelihood, Headlamp is highly interested to learn what "healthy" means for Alaska.
Back to work. Alaska's congressional delegation joined a busy opening week in Washington for the 115th Congress, packed with early votes and meetings with nominees to President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet. Alaska's delegation met with a slew of Trump nominees, readied plans to peel back end-of-term Obama administration regulations and introduced dozens of bills they hope to send to the president's desk this year. Additionally, Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation Thursday that would allow energy production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Sullivan and Murkowski argue that a majority of Alaskans support drilling in ANWR. "Time and again, our pleas have been denied. This is shameful," Sullivan said. Likewise, the delegation — and congressional leadership — were consulting with attorneys to decide the best legal options to repeal Obama's monument designations that bar drilling in many areas offshore of Alaska.
AGDC has long, and potentially costly, to-do list as it takes over LNG project
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