Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/23/2001 03:55 PM RES

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          HCR 8-NORTH SLOPE NATURAL GAS PIPELINE ROUTING                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
CHAIRMAN TORGERSON announced HCR 8 to be up for consideration.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WHITAKER, sponsor  of HCR 8, said the resolution  is                                                            
straightforward and does  not compete with SB 162. It states clearly                                                            
that the legislature opposes  an over-the-top route and that it will                                                            
do all within  its power to encourage natural gas  commercialization                                                            
in  a  manner  consistent  with  our  maximum  area  constitutional                                                             
mandate.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  TORGERSON proposed  that on page  2, line 6, deleting  the                                                            
phrase:  "including  particularly  the  financing  proposal  of  the                                                            
Alaska Gasline  Port Authority,  a public  authority established  by                                                            
Alaska municipalities  for the promotion  of transportation-related                                                             
commerce,".  Referring to the language  on page 2, lines  26 and 31,                                                            
he said he  could not sign off on  something that said he  would use                                                            
every  power  within  his constitutional   authority  to  facilitate                                                            
commercialization.  That could include incentives  and other things,                                                            
a broad based statement.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WHITAKER said he supported removing  the language on                                                            
page 2, lines 6 - 8. He  told members that language was added by the                                                            
House Oil and Gas Committee  and he didn't think it was appropriate.                                                            
Regarding Chairman  Torgerson's second  concern on lines  26 and 31,                                                            
Representative  Whitaker suggested  inserting "reasonable"  in front                                                            
of "power".                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR TAYLOR moved to adopt Amendment 1:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     On  page  2,   line  6,  delete  "including  particularly   the                                                            
     financing  proposal  of the Alaska  Gasline  Port Authority,  a                                                            
     public authority  established by Alaska municipalities  for the                                                            
     promotion of transportation-related commerce,"                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     On page 2, lines 26 and 31, insert "reasonable" before                                                                     
     "power".                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. JERRY MCCUTCHEON commented on HCR 8.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  TAYLOR moved  to pass SCS  HCR 8(RES)  from committee  with                                                            
individual recommendations.  There were no objections  and it was so                                                            
ordered.                                                                                                                        

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