Governor Palin Lauds AGIA Progress
Commissioners Urge Senator Begich to Adopt a Bipartisan Approach
Governor Sarah Palin today lauded the substantial progress that has been made toward building a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope into Alberta, Canada. Since the passage of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), two competing projects have made significant progress in building a natural gas pipeline.
"I am so very proud of our gasline team which works hard every day to make progress on this vital project for our state, without any need to seek publicity or achieve political advantage," Governor Palin said. "With no need for grandstanding, they have moved this project along with stakeholders and federal regulators, and that is going to pay enormous dividends in the future."
Two commissioners however, are disappointed that Alaska's junior senator has failed to recognize the progress that has been made on one of the largest construction projects in North America. In a speech to the World Trade Center Alaska, Senator Mark Begich expressed frustration that Alaska has not moved forward on the gasline. In a joint letter to the senator, Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin and Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin provided a progress update and urged the senator to keep abreast of the latest developments.
A copy of the commissioners' letter to Senator Begich can be found at: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/pdf/BegichLetter-GaslineProgress_May2-2009.pdf