Legislature(2009 - 2010)BARNES 124

02/03/2009 03:00 PM ENERGY


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HCR 2 IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
*+ HCR 3 IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
*+ HCR 4 IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
*+ HCR 5 IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
HCR 2-IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE                                                                                                   
HCR 3-IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE                                                                                                   
HCR 4-IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE                                                                                                   
HCR 5-IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:03:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR MILLETT  announced that  the order  of business  would be                                                              
HOUSE  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION  NO.  2, Requesting  the governor  to                                                              
provide energy  security for all Alaskans by  pursuing development                                                              
of a natural gas bullet pipeline  from the North Slope to the Cook                                                              
Inlet  region;  and  requesting   the  governor  to  identify  and                                                              
negotiate with  one or more  persons capable of  producing natural                                                              
gas from  the Gubik area,  and other areas  on the North  Slope if                                                              
necessary, in sufficient  quantities to support  a bullet pipeline                                                              
project;  HOUSE  CONCURRENT  RESOLUTION   NO.  3,  Requesting  the                                                              
governor to  provide energy  security for  all Alaskans  by taking                                                              
and  encouraging  all action  that  would  support a  natural  gas                                                              
bullet pipeline  from the  North Slope to  the Cook Inlet  region,                                                              
including  initiating any  necessary  negotiations  to reopen  the                                                              
Agrium  plant  in  Kenai;  HOUSE   CONCURRENT  RESOLUTION  NO.  4,                                                              
Requesting the  governor to provide  energy security  for Alaskans                                                              
by taking and  encouraging all action to support  development of a                                                              
natural  gas bullet  pipeline from  the  North Slope  to the  Cook                                                              
Inlet region  including advocating  an increase  in the  amount of                                                              
natural gas  that may be exported  under authority granted  by the                                                              
United  States   Department  of   Energy;  and  HOUSE   CONCURRENT                                                              
RESOLUTION  NO.  5,  Requesting the  governor  to  provide  energy                                                              
security for all  Alaskans by working on significant  elements and                                                              
components  to support the  timely construction  of a natural  gas                                                              
bullet pipeline from the North Slope  to the Cook Inlet region and                                                              
to take necessary action to assist  and facilitate the process for                                                              
a private entity to make a final  investment decision to commit to                                                              
the pipeline before November 1, 2010.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:03:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR EDGMON moved to hear as  a block HCR 2, HCR 3, HCR 4, and                                                              
HCR  5, and  objected for  discussion purposes.   [Therefore,  the                                                              
committee heard the resolutions individually.]                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HCR 5-IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR MILLETT announced  that the next order  of business would                                                              
be HOUSE CONCURRENT  RESOLUTION NO. 5, Requesting  the governor to                                                              
provide   energy  security   for  all  Alaskans   by  working   on                                                              
significant  elements   and  components  to  support   the  timely                                                              
construction  of a  natural  gas bullet  pipeline  from the  North                                                              
Slope to  the Cook Inlet  region and to  take necessary  action to                                                              
assist and facilitate  the process for a private entity  to make a                                                              
final  investment  decision  to  commit  to  the  pipeline  before                                                              
November 1, 2010.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:03:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR EDGMON  moved to hear HCR  5 and objected  for discussion                                                              
purposes.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:03:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RAMRAS   explained  the  state's   cross  purposes                                                              
regarding   the  introduction   of  wood   bison,  a   potentially                                                              
endangered species, into a region  that [the state] is also trying                                                              
to open up for  gas exploration.  House Resolution  5 requests, in                                                              
the interest of  providing energy security for  all Alaskans, that                                                              
the government eliminates regulatory  hurdles and allows a private                                                              
entity  to make its  final investment  decision  to commit  to the                                                              
pipeline before November 1, 2010.   Representative Ramras referred                                                              
to Mr.  McCutcheon's concern  about a  similar situation,  between                                                              
the governor's  office and DNR,  regarding drilling in  Cook Inlet                                                              
and Point Thomson.  He advised that  his community of Fairbanks is                                                              
"paralyzed by  fear" over  the possibility of  the return  of high                                                              
oil prices  and that a bullet  line is essential to  liberate from                                                              
fear  all of  the residents  that  live along  the  Railbelt.   He                                                              
concluded  that  HCR  5 will  remove  "shackles"  and  direct  the                                                              
government  to be  an active  participant in  removing hurdles  to                                                              
[investment decisions by private entities].                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:06:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PETERSEN  asked about the proposed  release date of                                                              
the wood bison in the Nenana Basin.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:07:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RAMRAS  related that the Alaska  Department of Fish                                                              
& Game (ADF&G) issued assurances  that there is not a problem.  He                                                              
deferred the question to the appropriate state agency.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:08:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR MILLETT opened public testimony  on HCR 5.  Hearing none,                                                              
public testimony was closed.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:08:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR EDGMON withdrew  his objection and moved to  report HCR 5                                                              
out of committee  with individual recommendations  and no attached                                                              
fiscal note.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:09:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  MILLETT  briefly  discussed   the  committee's  upcoming                                                              
meetings.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:10:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHANSEN observed  that beginning one year ago, the                                                              
sponsor of the aforementioned resolutions  has been very public in                                                              
pushing these  issues.  He said that  he was thrilled to  hear the                                                              
governor include  these issues in her state-of-the-state  address.                                                              
Representative  Johansen   expressed  his  full  support   of  the                                                              
resolutions.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:11:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM concurred with Representative Johansen.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:11:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  agreed that  the  bullet  line will  provide                                                              
opportunities  to   the  state  and   private  industry.     These                                                              
resolutions are needed to ensure  that Alaska's deep water port in                                                              
the Kenai, and new industry, will flourish.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:12:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Sponsor Stmt HCR 2 020309.pdf HENE 2/3/2009 3:00:00 PM
Sponsor Stmt HCR 3 020309.pdf HENE 2/3/2009 3:00:00 PM
Sponsor Stmt HCR 4 020309.pdf HENE 2/3/2009 3:00:00 PM
Sponsor Stmt HCR 5 020309.pdf HENE 2/3/2009 3:00:00 PM