Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: The Gas Line Road Show...coming soon to a town near you!

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Gas Line Road Show...coming soon to a town near you!

The Anchorage Daily News discusses the hearings across Alaska happening this week:
Members of the House and Senate will continue hearings on Gov. Sarah Palin's natural gas pipeline proposal in cities outside the state capital.

Once on the road, many lawmakers will spend the next four weeks making stops in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Kenai, Barrow and Ketchikan.

The travel is designed to give the public face-to-face access to lawmakers entrusted with one of the more crucial votes in decades: Whether to award TransCanada Corp. a pipeline license.

Lawmakers have 60 days to decide on a plan by TransCanada and opted to spend some of this time in other towns.

In my quest to find a listing of where and when the hearings will be held, I came across THIS PAGE on the Alaska State Legislature site. It has links to all of the documents related to the AGIA Special Session so far.

HERE are the list of hearings:

June 12 10:00 AM FBX Carlson Center TELECONFERENCE
June 13 10:00 AM FBX Carlson Center -- Time Change -- TELECONFERENCE
June 14 10:00 AM FBX Carlson Center -- Time Change -- TELECONFERENCE
June 16 9:00 AM ANCHORAGE TELECONFERENCE
June 17 9:00 AM ANCHORAGE TELECONFERENCE
June 18 9:00 AM ANCHORAGE TELECONFERENCE
June 19 9:00 AM ANCHORAGE TELECONFERENCE
June 20 9:00 AM ANCHORAGE TELECONFERENCE
June 24 1:00 PM PALMER TRAIN DEPOT TELECONFERENCE
June 26 1:00 PM SOLDOTNA SPORTS CTR TELECONFERENCE
June 30 0:00 AM BARROW TELECONFERENCE
July 01 0:00 AM BARROW TELECONFERENCE
July 08 1:00 PM KETCHIKAN TELECONFERENCE

The Anchorage location is still TBA - I'll be on that information today.

I'll definitely be asking a few questions based on Polarbear's comments in the Berta Gardner thread that I posted on the Johnny Ellis thread.
Trans Canada already possesses the rights of way through Canadian Native land on the pipeline route. I understand they are the only company to possess these rights beforehand, thereby eliminating years of delay.

The five natural gas spurs mentioned in the TCA proposal are under-appreciated. A southcentral spur would not only reach Anchorage, but would also provide gas to under-served rural communities along the route. Other small-diameter spurs could be constructed to other under-served rural areas of Alaska, long in need of basic infrastructure.

and...
I am told that all the pipe for the TCA line would be ordered overseas - that US steel mills cannot produce the pipe.

Thanks, Polarbear, for making me sound like I have a clue!!!!!!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Polarbear said...

Anyone like you who conquers fear and risk to communicate publicly about race relationships, and who clearly learns as the dialogue about race continues, need not worry about having a 'clue'.

Just a bit more about the natural gas spurs. In California and North Carolina, broadband optical fiber is being deployed inside natural gas pipe, all the way to the residence. In addition, some utilities are organizing to combine natural gas, power, and fiber optic in the same same utilidor. If we are willing to see the gas spurs as utilidors, then we can accomplish similar economies of scale in distributing the basics to all communities along spur routes. These considerations need not interrupt the current consideration of the TCA proposal, but TCA does seem uniquely positioned to allow this kind of secondary economic development.

6/09/2008 11:45 AM  
Blogger CelticDiva said...

These developments in Alaska would be so exciting...if we could get the politics out of the way so that they could happen.

Do you know how many people (including me) are dying to know your secret identity, Polarbear? **grin**

6/09/2008 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Polarbear said...

Just another Anglo mutt. My wife says the only difference between me and yogurt is that Yoplait has culture :)

6/09/2008 7:32 PM  
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