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2017 Parks Hwy Milepost 92 PUFA

EnergyThe Parks Highway Mile 92 Personal Use Area will be open to harvesting of mixed saw timber. Live standing spruce saw timber must be greater than 9” diameter at breast height (dbh) and live standing birch saw timber must be greater than 11" dbh to be harvested during this offering. All dead down and dead standing timber may also be harvested. All timber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Thursday, January 19, 2017. The harvest area is located east of the Parks Highway at approximately Mile 92.2. Harvesting is not allowed outside the flagged area marked on the ground.

A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer; and at the Talkeetna Library located at 23151 S. Talkeetna Road in Talkeetna. Please contact the library at 861-7645 for their hours/days of operation.

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Electric Power to over 20,000 Currently Being Restored

EnergyFrom the MEA Facebook Post : "We have approximately 20,000 people without power. Will connect with dispatch and get more information your way soon.

We'll post updates when they become available.

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LNG Project Participants Explore Options

EnergyFebruary 17, 2016 JUNEAU—Governor Bill Walker and liquefied natural gas (LNG) project partners ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips today announced their commitment to work together to explore options to advance the Alaska gasline project amidst current challenging fiscal times. The state and the producers are actively engaged in defining the best way to maintain AK LNG project momentum in a difficult business environment. More definitive details are expected to be available in early March.

“I am pleased to be part of the joint effort being taken by ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips towards this end,” Governor Walker said.

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Mayor Halter Asks for Fair Share in PILT

Energyby Patty Sullivan, MSB

Up to $15.7 billion over 25 years, potentially is on the table, from projected taxes on the proposed 806-mile natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Nikiski. On Jan. 15, Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Vern Halter joined the table of mayors and finance officers from Alaska cities and boroughs and State staff to defend an equitable share for the Mat-Su and others.

“I just think the value of this amount of money spread over the state is more important than one or the other of us doing really well,” Mayor Halter told his peers at the table.

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Signed Gas Agreements Made Public

EnergyDecember 8, 2015 ANCHORAGE—Governor Bill Walker today made available the signed gas availability agreement between the state and two of its gasline project partners, BP and ConocoPhillips.

“I thank BP and ConocoPhillips for making public the signed agreement so Alaskans can fully appreciate the significance of this project milestone,” Governor Walker said. “This agreement ensures that there will be gas for a gasline if either partner withdraws from the project.”

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State Meets Major Milestone in AKLNG

EnergyDecember 3, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Governor Bill Walker today thanked BP and ConocoPhillips for committing to sign and make public a Gas Availability Agreement for their share of North Slope natural gas. The agreement will allow the project to move forward in the event that either company ends participation in the AKLNG project during preliminary front-end engineering and design (pre-FEED). This agreement brings the state one step further in its efforts to deliver North Slope gas to Alaskans and the world market.

“This is an historic milestone in the AKLNG project,” Governor Walker said. “I am pleased that this agreement will be made public so Alaskans can better understand the project. Ensuring gas will be available to this gasline is a significant step in the right direction. I thank BP and ConocoPhillips for addressing the state’s concerns by agreeing to continue to negotiate mutually agreed and commercially reasonable terms under which their gas would be made available in the event either company does not proceed beyond pre-FEED. BP and ConocoPhillips have given us the assurances we need to move forward.”

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Governor Appoints New AGDC Board Members

EnergyGovernor Bill Walker announced his new appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors today. Luke Hopkins of Fairbanks will join the seven-member board, which oversees the agency’s efforts to build a natural gas pipeline and liquefaction plant in Alaska. Mr. Hopkins is the former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. He will fill the seat vacated by former AGDC Board Chairman John Burns.

“I am pleased to welcome Luke Hopkins to the AGDC Board of Directors. As the mayor of the Fairbanks Borough, Luke was instrumental in creating a new municipal gas utility for the Borough, and directing major funds to develop lower cost natural gas supply for Fairbanks residents,” said Governor Walker. “I also want to thank John Burns for his service to the AGDC board and the state. John is a talented attorney and I hope to utilize his skills in a different capacity of this project going forward.”

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Information about Alaska LNG Project meetings

EnergySubmitted by Rep. Mark Neuman

Notice of Upcoming FERC Public Scoping Meetings.

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Gov. Thanks House for Passing Gasline Bill

EnergyNovember 4, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker thanked members the Alaska House of Representatives today for their efforts during this special session, and for helping move the Alaska LNG project forward. The State House passed SB 3001 today, bringing an end to the special session after almost two weeks of presentations and discussions between lawmakers and the administration.

Governor Walker expressed his gratitude to House Finance Co-Chairs Representative Steve Thompson and Representative Mark Neuman for shepherding the legislation through their committee.

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Gov. Thanks Senate for Passing Gasline Bill

EnergyNovember 3, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker today expressed his gratitude to the Alaska State Senate for taking action to advance the Alaska LNG project by passing SB 3001.

The Governor specifically thanked Senate Finance Co-Chairs Senator Anna MacKinnon and Senator Pete Kelly for the productive dialogue and support during this special session.

“I thank Senator MacKinnon and Senator Kelly for their leadership in moving this legislation forward,” said Governor Walker. “I am hopeful the House will similarly understand the importance of this legislation, which will allow us to move forward in a project that best serves Alaska.”

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BP and ConocoPhillips Commit Gas to AK LNG

EnergyOctober 23, 2015 JUNEAU—Governor Bill Walker today announced a breakthrough in Alaska LNG Project negotiations with ConocoPhillips and BP. Both companies provided Governor Walker with written assurances they will commit to a process to make available their share of Alaska’s North Slope gas to a future gas pipeline project. Because of this commitment by ConocoPhillips and BP, Governor Walker said he will not introduce a bill during this special session proposing a property tax on gas leases within the Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson units. A gas commitment to an Alaska gas project will endure should either producer withdraw from the current AKLNG Project or the AKLNG Project fails to move ahead.

“It is important that Alaska act like the owner state it is,” Governor Walker said. “The reserves tax proposal is appropriate leverage for Alaska in response to a situation where known, producible gas could be withheld from a state project because it does not meet the commercial strategy of a particular producer. I am pleased BP and ConocoPhillips have now demonstrated their commitment to make their gas available for an Alaska project.”

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State to hold northern Alaska oil and gas lease sales Nov. 18

EnergyThe Department of Natural Resources will hold its annual North Slope, Beaufort Sea and North Slope Foothills areawide oil and gas lease sales on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Bid opening will begin at 9 a.m. at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.

The total area being offered for lease encompasses approximately 7,727,986 acres.

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Governor Draws Praise From Energy Executives

EnergySeptember 17, 2015 TOKYO—Governor Bill Walker on Thursday continued to expound upon the benefits of Alaska’s liquefied natural gas potential in meetings with Japan’s top energy executives and officials, who had all attended Wednesday’s LNG Producer-Consumer Conference opening ceremony.

“When it comes to trade, Japan and Korea are our closest neighbors,” Governor Walker said. “Their populations provide the large consumer base Alaska needs to export our abundant supply of natural gas.”

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Governor Walker Speaks at LNG Conference

EnergySeptember 16, 2015 TOKYO—Governor Bill Walker delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 4th LNG Producer-Consumer Conference in Tokyo. He and his team also held meetings with the presidents and chief executives of Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG); Mitsubishi Corporation’s natural gas division; GS Energy, which is currently building an LNG terminal in Korea; and Toho Gas, a Nagoya-based company that focuses on supplying eco-friendly sources of energy.

Governor Walker also met with Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Daishiro Yamagiwa. METI sponsored the LNG Producer-Consumer conference, where Governor Walker told the international audience of Alaska’s LNG potential.

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Governor Responds to EPA Clean Power Plan

EnergyGovernor Bill Walker said he is encouraged the Environmental Protection Agency recognized Alaska’s unique circumstances in not including the state in goals established under the agency’s Clean Power Plan.

The rule establishes state-specific goals for the 48 contiguous states to limit carbon emissions from larger public power plants. However, because of Alaska’s isolated energy infrastructure and limited grid system, the EPA ruled there is not enough information on what reductions are feasible in Alaska to set goals here at this time.

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