Oct. 30, 2015

Lawmakers: TransCanada buyout likely, but is state ready?

Oct. 29, 2015

Buyout of LNG pipeline partner getting close look by Legislators

Oct. 27, 2015

Gas pipeline partner supports state buyout proposal

A TransCanada Corp. spokesman says the company respects Gov. Bill Walker's wishes to take on an increased role in a proposed natural gas project. Walker has argued a buyout would give Alaska a greater say in the project. A TransCanada  official is scheduled to appear at legislative hearings Wednesday and Thursday.


Nome port study put on hold

By Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome

Oct. 26, 2015

Risks, rewards at issue

By The Associated Press

Republican legislative leaders say they want to know more about the potential risks and rewards of the state buying out gas pipeline project partner TransCanada Corp.

They also want to know how the state would pay for its share.

The Legislature opened a special session Saturday to consider buying out TransCanada's share in the project. As it is now, TransCanada would hold the state's interest in a gas treatment plant and pipeline.

Japanese consider Alaskan Liquefied Natural Gas a possible alternative to nuclear power

Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m. for Alaska's primary election. On the ballot are nominations for the offices of U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, and Lt. Governor. Voters will also decide whether to keep the oil tax structure the Legislature passed in 2013. A yes vote would repeal the law, which supporters of the repeal call a giveaway to oil companies. A no vote would uphold the law, which supporters say make Alaska an attractive place for oil company investments. Several state Legislative seats are also on the ballot.

Companies have applied for an export license from the U.S. Department of Energy, proposing to move up to 20 million meteric tons of LNG from Alaska for 30 years.

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline has moved 17-billion barrels of oil since its start 37 years ago.

U.S. Secretary of the Department of Labor Tom Perez visited Alaska, praising job training partnerships, while promoting the idea of a higher minimum wage.

The House Resources Committee is revising a bill to advance a major liquified natural gas project with 25% state participation.

Supporters of a minimum wage initiative are worried a bill introduced on Friday is a repeat of a 2002 Legislative tactic to get their initiative off the ballot then gut the bill.

A recent archeological study supports a southeast Alaska Tlingit tribe's contention that herring populations were once much more plentiful and widespread, which is the basis for the tribe's call for a more conservative state management regime.