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Gov. Appoints Competitiveness Review Board

EnergyJuneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell appointed Rodney Brown, Curt Freeman, Tom Hendrix, Tom Maloney, Joey Merrick II, Kara Moriarty, and Peter Stokes to the Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board. The duty of the board is to take a complete view of oil and gas exploration, development and production in the state and make recommendations to the Alaska Legislature. The board will initially consider the state’s regulatory and permitting environment and the effectiveness of workforce development efforts.

The Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board was included in Senate Bill 21, the More Alaska Production Act by Senator Lesil McGuire. Governor Parnell supports the provision that he calls an important tool to keep Alaska’s oil fields competitive for investment and production.
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Another Gasline Milestone Achieved

EnergyAfter ensuring that Alaska’s gas could go to Alaskans first, Governor Sean Parnell today lauded Alaska’s LNG Project for applying to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). The application was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy.

“We are building Alaska’s future with a gasline to heat our homes and fuel Alaska’s businesses,” Governor Parnell said. “Alaska’s LNG Project is on the right track with hundreds of Alaskans out in the field this summer working to secure permits and hundreds more working to refine the engineering and design challenges of the project. I am committed to getting Alaska’s gas to Alaskans and then to markets beyond. I look forward to continued progress on this important project.”

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Alaska Gasline Work Underway

EnergyJuneau, Alaska – Citing significant progress on an Alaska gasline that gets Alaska’s gas to Alaskans and markets beyond, Governor Sean Parnell welcomed news that a formal commercial agreement has been signed between the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and TransCanada to advance the Alaska LNG Project.

“Environmental and pipeline engineering fieldwork has officially begun,” Governor Parnell said. “I am pleased all parties continue to make progress on building an Alaska gasline project that will create thousands of Alaska jobs and fuel Alaska homes and businesses. This milestone marks the historic progress we have made on a gasline. Our way forward will continue to be on Alaska’s terms and in Alaskans’ interests.”
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Alaska Moves One Step Closer to Gasline

EnergyApril 20, 2014, Juneau, Alaska –Representing significant and historic progress on a gasline that gets Alaska’s gas to Alaskans first, the Legislature today passed Senate Bill 138 on a bipartisan basis. With the passage of this legislation, Governor Sean Parnell’s bill to advance a large-diameter Alaska natural gas pipeline project, Alaska is poised to become an owner in the Alaska LNG Project.

“This is truly a historic moment for Alaskans,” Governor Parnell said. “By passing Senate Bill 138, the Legislature has put Alaska on a path to controlling her own destiny by becoming an owner in the Alaska LNG Project. Alaskans have waited a long time for a gasline, and for the first time in our history, we have alignment, authorization from the Legislature, and a clear path forward. The Alaska LNG Project has begun.”

The project will now move into the Pre-FEED (Pre-Front End Engineering and Design) phase to further refine the cost and engineering aspects of the project. Senate Bill 138 affirms the commercial agreement signed by the state, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), the producers, and TransCanada to advance the Alaska LNG Project.
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House Finance Passes Refinery Incentives

EnergyApril 15, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell applauded the House Finance Committee for passing House Bill 287, which extends the State’s contract to sell its royalty oil to Tesoro Refining and Marketing, LLC. The legislation also includes the governor’s financial incentives package to ensure Alaska’s in-state refineries remain strong.

“I commend the House Finance Committee for advancing HB 287, and in particular, I want to thank Representatives Tammy Wilson and Steve Thompson for their work to keep Alaska’s refineries strong,” Governor Parnell said. “Our refineries provide great economic benefits for Alaskans across the state, including jobs, economic opportunities and affordable fuels.”
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House Resources Advances Gasline Bill

EnergyJuneau, Alaska – Following an extensive and thorough review of Senate Bill 138, Governor Sean Parnell today praised the House Resources Committee for passing his legislation to advance a large-diameter Alaska natural gas pipeline project.

“Co-Chairs Eric Feige and Dan Saddler, and the House Resources Committee should be commended for their full vetting of our gasline legislation,” Governor Parnell said. “Together, we’ve made historic progress on a gasline, and we remain committed to an Alaska gasline that gets gas to Alaskans first, and then to markets beyond. I look forward to working with the House Finance Committee in the coming days to move forward this critically important bill.”
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Governor Proposes Incentives for Refineries

EnergyMarch 31, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today proposed incentives to encourage refineries to produce and sell more refined petroleum products in Alaska. The governor’s incentives package follows extensive work with Interior lawmakers to find ways to ensure Alaska’s refineries thrive.

“A healthy refining industry in our state benefits Alaskans in many ways, including jobs and economic opportunity, as well as refined fuels for use in our homes and businesses,” Governor Parnell said. “By creating a more favorable tax climate, we have the opportunity to keep an industry strong that provides jobs for Alaskans, adds value to Alaska’s oil, secures our military’s source of fuel, and helps make Alaskan resources accessible to Alaskans.”
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State One Step Closer to Getting Alaska’s Gas

EnergyMarch 18, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today praised the Senate for passing Senate Bill 138, the governor’s legislation to advance a large-diameter Alaska natural gas pipeline project. Specifically, the bill provides the framework for Alaska to become an owner in the Alaska LNG Project and move the project into the Pre-Front End Engineering and Design (Pre-FEED) stage.

“I applaud the Senate for voting today to advance the Alaska LNG Project and ensure Alaska’s gas is maximized for Alaskans’ benefit,” Governor Parnell said. “Our legislation paves the way for Alaskans to become owners in the project and ensures an open, public process going forward. I look forward to working with the House in the coming weeks to pass our legislation on Alaska’s terms and in Alaskans’ interests.”
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Handy Map of U.S. Windfarm Sites

EnergyHere is a handy, interactive Map of U.S. Windfarm Sites http://eerscmap.usgs.gov/windfarm/

"The purpose of this project is to provide a publically available, spatially referenced, national dataset of onshore wind turbine locations and their corresponding facility information and turbine technical specifications. The project compiled wind turbine information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Digital Obstacle File, as well as other manually digitized turbine locations"
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Susitna River Corridor Personal Use Firewood Area

EnergyThe Susitna River Corridor Personal Use Firewood Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Tuesday, January 28, 2014. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.

The permit must be in your possession during the removal of wood from the site. The cost for each cord of wood is $25 with a maximum of TEN cords per household per year from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The cost of saw timber is $1.75 per lineal foot.
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Parnell plan to export North Slope gas draws support, criticism

Energy"In what Gov. Sean Parnell called a “major milestone,” the major oil producers in Alaska and pipeline builder TransCanada have signed a non-binding guidance document with the state that lays out basic concepts of a deal to advance a long-sought natural gas liquefaction and export project, with state ownership a key part of the plan.
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