Wednesday, April 9, 2014

$44M arrogance; ExxonMobil trumps Alaskans

I will have to disagree with Rep. Hawker that he is the smartest guy in the room, and that he knows "best." Reminder, he is the man who is responsible for the Anchorage $44M Legislative Information Office fiasco. Not exactly Rep. Hawker's "best" work.

Today, House members voted "yes" on appointing out-of-state residents to Alaska's boards and commissions.  This "yes" vote makes room for a retired ExxonMobil executive to occupy a seat on the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation's (AGDC) board.

I guess, Alaskans are not good enough for the AGDC board. ExxonMobil trumped Alaskans today.

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Below is a clip of Rep. Mike Hawker's arrogant words on the House floor this afternoon. His arrogance was witnessed by children in the gallery.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

And now a word from our Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC)

Alaskans finally heard from Cathy Foerster, Commissioner with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) during a Senate Special Committee hearing on TAPS Throughput this afternoon.

All roads to a natural gas pipeline lead through the AOGCC, and there is no pipeline without their blessing. The Commissioner's testimony was educational, and informative. The burden of proof still remains in the oil producers' court. In addition, we learned that the TAPS decline rate has been reduced and Alaskans should be very excited.

I hope you take the time to watch the Commissioner's testimony because this is a responsible step on behalf of the Senate to get AOGCC's input because the legislature did not seek AOGCC's input during the AGIA debate. A $500M oversight.