North Slope gas: ‘You dig, or we will’

In the final stages of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, many quit their jobs prior to the completion of TAPS because they wanted to be first in line to work on the gasline. Alaska expected construction to begin that quickly, but that was nearly 40 years ago. Efforts to monetize the billions of dollars of stranded North Slope gas, such as the projects advanced by the Yukon Pacific Corporation and the Alaska Gasline Port Authority, did not materialize — primarily due to lack of access to gas. For the first time, Alaska now has assurances by the North Slope leaseholders that the gasline project will have access to North Slope gas.
World-renowned energy analyst Wood Mackenzie recently evaluated the economic viability of the currently structured AKLNG project and concluded the existing model of multiple producers owning and financing the project will not work. The producers agreed, but testified before the Joint Resources Committee that the project itself is not dead. In BP-Alaska’s testimony, for example, the company equated the significance of the project to its portfolio to a billion barrels of oil — a project they urged should continue to go forward.

From the desk of Rep. Seaton: House adjourned, special session planned

Alaska State Legislature, House District 31 From the Desk of Representative Seaton Greetings from Homer!  The House adjourned on Saturday, the 28th day of the 4th special session of the 29th Legislature, a two year term.  The first three special sessions took place in 2015.  We were unable to get a majority agreement on any […]

Point of View | Peter Zuyus

At the last assembly meeting, KPB Mayor Navarre introduced Ordinance 2016-24 to eliminate the KPB Senior Citizen property exemption. The Mayor’s proposal attempts to create inter and intra generational warfare by turning the KPB community against Seniors and also turning current Seniors against future Seniors. Mayor Navarre has asserted that he believes there are currently […]

Little progress made on budget and sustainable fiscal plan

Greetings from Juneau this eighth day of the fourth special session of the 29th Legislature. It is disappointing that little progress has been made on the important issues related to the budget and sustainable fiscal plan. It has generally been agreed that the oil and gas tax/credit bill needed to be resolved first because members are very reluctant to continue paying hundreds of millions of dollars out of the treasury to oil and gas companies while at the same time we would be asked to reduce the Permanent Fund Dividend by a similar amount to achieve a sustainable fiscal plan.

Library offers ideas for ‘Raising a Reader’

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child.

Homer Public Library is ready for summer

Spring break is nearly here, and it won’t be long before school children wail, “I’m boooored!”
Don’t fret. Our local library has convenient hours, and a fantastic selection of books and budget-friendly activities. You may not know that the Homer Public Library is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; that’s enough after-dinner time to grab a few DVDs and some fun books.

Seaton’s HB 365 is new plan for permanent fund

Greetings from Juneau on the 42nd day of the second legislative session. On Wednesday, I introduced HB 365 to address our budget crisis. With low prices and declining production, oil revenue alone is no longer sufficient to support our state, and the gap cannot be bridged with budget cuts alone.

Library offers ideas for Raising a Reader

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child.

Murkowski touts Alaska benefits in bipartisan legislation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, advanced debate on her broad, bipartisan energy bill by providing a synopsis of how it will benefit her home state of Alaska. She focused on how the bill will help the state produce more energy and help consumers use less energy, creating new opportunities and lowering costs — especially in rural areas.

From the desk of Representative Paul Seaton:

Greetings from Juneau on the 14th day of the Second Legislative Session.
Rain, rain, rain; it matches the mood around the capitol. The intensity and frequency of various caucus meetings is already at the level we usually only see at the end of session.

Recognition is growing that we must do a more comprehensive fix to the structural deficit than just cuts.

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