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SCS CSHCR 8(RES): Expressing the legislature's opposition to the proposed "northern" or "over-the-top" route for a natural gas pipeline to transport North Slope natural gas reserves to the domestic North American market, and expressing the legislature's support of commercialization of North Slope natural gas for the maximum benefit of the people of the state.

00       SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 8(RES)                                                       
01 Expressing the legislature's opposition to the proposed "northern" or "over-the-top"                                    
02 route for a natural gas pipeline to transport North Slope natural gas reserves to the                                   
03 domestic North American market, and expressing the legislature's support of                                             
04 commercialization of North Slope natural gas for the maximum benefit of the people of                                   
05 the state.                                                                                                              
06 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
07       WHEREAS art. VIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the State of Alaska, provides that it is the                         
08 policy of the state to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources                        
09 by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest; and                                       
10       WHEREAS art. VIII, sec. 2, Constitution of the State of Alaska, requires the                                    
11 legislature to provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural                                
12 resources belonging to the state, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its                             
13 people; and                                                                                                             
14       WHEREAS 35 trillion cubic feet of known natural gas reserves are acknowledged to                                
15 be adherent to oil and gas leases on the North Slope of Alaska, and, additionally, realistic                            
01 estimates of total recoverable gas from the reserves exceed 100 trillion cubic feet; and                                
02       WHEREAS demand for new sources of natural gas supply in North American and                                      
03 Asian markets places Alaska's North Slope natural gas in the unique position of being                                   
04 attractive to both markets; and                                                                                         
05       WHEREAS improved economics, technological advances, and the possibility of                                      
06 public financing of a natural gas pipeline have removed previously perceived barriers to the                            
07 commercialization of Alaska's North Slope natural gas; and                                                              
08       WHEREAS it is widely recognized that maximum benefit to Alaskans from the                                       
09 commercialization of North Slope natural gas lies in market exposure for Alaska North Slope                             
10 gas reserves, opportunities for in-state use of the natural gas and for participation by Alaskans                       
11 in construction, maintenance, and operation of the gas line transportation project, and the                             
12 recovery of revenue by the state from the development, transport, and sale of Alaska North                              
13 Slope gas reserves; and                                                                                                 
14       WHEREAS the "northern" or "over-the-top" route for the proposed pipeline, running                               
15 east from the North Slope to Canada's Mackenzie River Valley, then south through that valley                            
16 to link to existing pipeline networks, under consideration by the North American Gas Pipeline                           
17 Group, offers none of these benefits; and                                                                               
18       WHEREAS oil and gas leaseholders on Alaska's North Slope continue to develop                                    
19 competing gas projects elsewhere in the world, including liquefied natural gas shipments to                             
20 North American West Coast ports, while Alaska gas remains warehoused;                                                   
21       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports the commercialization                                 
22 of Alaska North Slope natural gas for the maximum benefit of the people of the state; and be                            
23 it                                                                                                                      
24       FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislature will exercise every reasonable power                                      
25 within its constitutionally required authority to facilitate commercialization of Alaska North                          
26 Slope natural gas for the maximum benefit of the people of the state; and be it                                         
27       FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislature opposes construction of a "northern" or                                   
28 "over-the-top" route for a natural gas pipeline; and be it                                                              
29       FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislature will exercise every reasonable power                                      
30 within its authority to prevent the routing of a North Slope natural gas pipeline that bypasses                         
31 Alaska.                                                                                                                 
01       COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President                              
02 of the United States; the Honorable Richard B. Cheney, Vice-President of the United States                              
03 and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House                            
04 of Representatives; the Honorable Trent Lott, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the                                   
05 Honorable Thomas Daschle, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Gale Norton,                                
06 United States Secretary of the Interior; the Honorable Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of                           
07 Alaska; the Honorable Pat Pourchot, Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, the                                  
08 Honorable Wilson L. Condon, Commissioner, Department of Revenue, the Honorable                                          
09 Michele Brown, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation, the Honorable                                    
10 Frank Rue, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game, the Honorable Joseph L. Perkins,                                  
11 Commissioner, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Honorable Ed                                      
12 Flanagan, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Honorable                                    
13 Glenn G. Godfrey, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety, and Patrick Galvin, Director,                              
14 Division of Governmental Coordination, Office of the Governor, the heads of the agencies                                
15 specified in Administrative Order 187 with responsibilities with regard to state permits,                               
16 authorizations, and oversight related to the preconstruction and construction of certain natural                        
17 gas pipelines; Frank Brown and  Jim Sampson, co-chairs, and Mike Navarre, George Wuerch,                                
18 Grace Schaible, Bill Corbus, Charles Cole, Al Adams, Carl Marrs, Rosemarie Maher, Esther                                
19 Wunnicke, Jack Roderick, Brian Davies, Jim Jansen, Dave Rose, Ed Rasmuson, Lee Gorsuch,                                 
20 Bob Penney, Rhonda Boyles, Ron Duncan, Ken Thompson, Peg Tileston, Jacob Adams,                                         
21 George Ahmaogak, Jeff Feldman, Jon Rubini, Jerry Hood, and Mike O'Connor, members,                                      
22 Governor's Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council; William G. Britt, Jr., Pipeline                                   
23 Coodinator, Office of the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources; and to the                               
24 Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the                                         
25 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.