Special Session Wrap-up November 2015

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With a unanimous vote, the House has passed SB 3001 and the special session has adjourned. The bill presented by the Governor Walker enables the purchase of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (AKLNG) project. Over the past couple weeks many hours have been spent carefully listening and asking difficult questions which developed a clear record supporting the buy-out.

SB 138 passed in 2014 creating the framework for the State of Alaska to participate in the development of the AKLNG project as an equal partner with Conoco/Phillips, BP and Exxon. The vision is a market driven approach, with the partners working together on an integrated project at all points in the value chain. There are four aspects to AKLNG: the gas, the gas treatment plant, the pipeline, and the liquefaction plant.

Going forward, it is important to retain the fundamental principles of the AKLNG partnership, and I am encouraged that the Administration supports this goal. There are still considerable hurdles, but I am confident we are on track to achieving this monumental goal.

With passage of SB 3001, the state will now have a full 25% share in the project, full voting rights, and the ability to generate greater returns once the project is built. The next few years will be critical to our success. We need bi-partisan budget solutions and we will need to show courage and common purpose.

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Thank you for the honor to represent you. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if I can be of assistance to you. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


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House Transportation Committee chairwoman Shelley Hughes leads a group of legislators and local Juneau residents on an overview of the proposed Juneau Access project. Pictured here at Glacier Highway terminus 10/31/15