Legislature(2001 - 2002)

02/20/2001 10:30 AM TRA

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                         JOINT MEETING                                                                                        
              HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC                                                                             
                 DEVELOPMENT, TRADE AND TOURISM                                                                               
             HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON OIL AND GAS                                                                           
            HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                       February 20, 2001                                                                                        
                           10:30 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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OVERVIEW:  UTILITY CORRIDOR & RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY TO CANADA                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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01-8, SIDES A & B                                                                                                               

01-9, SIDE A (Please note: These are House Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade and Tourism tapes) CALL TO ORDER REPRESENTATIVE LESIL McGUIRE, Chair, called the joint meeting of the House Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade and Tourism; the House Special Committee on Oil and Gas; and the House Transportation Standing Committee to order at 10:42 a.m. PRESENT Committee members present were Representatives McGuire, Chenault, Crawford, Dyson, Fate, Green, Guess, James, Kapsner, Kohring, Kookesh, Masek, Morgan, Ogan, Rokeberg, Scalzi, and Wilson. SUMMARY OF INFORMATION BILL WOOLF, speaking on behalf of U.S. Senator Murkowski, offered Senator Murkowski's vision for better communication and transportation of resources, as well as encouragement of a transportation corridor. DR. PAUL METZ, University of Alaska, described possible routes for mining projects and gave a brief history of recent exploration of minerals. JIM KUBITZ, representing the Alaska Railroad Corporation, introduced certain maps that outline possible routes for the utilities corridor. COLIN CHAPMAN, on behalf of Congressman Don Young, informed members that Congressman Don Young was fully supportive of the plan to look into these issues for Alaska's future. TOM BRINGHAM spoke about the Northwest corridor plan. He drew attention to looking at communities' and residents' needs in terms of this issue. Committee members inquired about the following: REPRESENTATIVE GREEN asked questions regarding deposits discussed by Dr. Milt Wiltse of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He also inquired about the safety issues of having a railroad and pipeline so close to a highway. REPRESENTATIVE SCALZI asked if there would be an increase in activity that would result in more funding for surveys. ANNOUNCEMENTS There were no announcements. COMMITTEE ACTION The committee took no action. ADJOURNMENT CHAIR McGUIRE adjourned the joint meeting of the House Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade and Tourism; the House Special Committee on Oil and Gas; and the House Transportation Standing Committee meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. NOTE: The meeting was recorded and handwritten log notes were taken. A copy of the tape(s) and log notes may be obtained by contacting the House Records Office at State Capitol, Room 3, Juneau, Alaska 99801 (mailing address), (907) 465-2214, and after adjournment of the second session of the Twenty-Second Alaska State Legislature this information may be obtained by contacting the Legislative Reference Library at (907) 465-3808.

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