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LNG review board holds first meeting

Navarre more comfortable board's input will be considered

Posted: August 7, 2014 - 7:28pm

Despite fears that their voices would not be heard, at least one borough mayor returned from the inaugural meeting of the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board with more faith about the input local governments will have in the development process of a proposed gasline project.

Discussions at the two-day meeting of the new, governor-created board which seeks to review and understand the potential impacts the Alaska LNG Project LLC could have on local governments, has reassured Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre about the board’s role.

“I have a better comfort level,” he said. … “Obviously, we’re going to have to wait and see as things go along and what happens when legislation is actually introduced before the legislature, but at least I feel like we’ll have an opportunity to provide input into the process and certainly during our meetings of this board.”

The board is primarily made up of borough mayors throughout the state. The meeting was held in Anchorage Tuesday and Wednesday. Presentations were given about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, oil and gas property tax and global liquefied natural gas markets among other topics.

“There was a lot of good information that was put out about global markets, what we’re competing with, the window of opportunity that comes and goes with major gas projects and which other ones are on the horizon around the world that are being considered,” Navarre said.

Navarre said the board discussed the studies that must be done when Alaska LNG Project sends its application to FERC, which, according to presentation documents, starts with pre-filing. Alaska LNG plans to do this year, according to documents. Pre-filing includes an environmental impact statement, and resource reports that cover air and noise quality; reliability and safety; cultural resources; fish, wildlife and vegetation and socioeconomic, among other reports.

“All of that was really interesting and gave me … complete comfort that the socioeconomic impacts will be considered and evaluated,” he said. “But it’s also important that local governments who will be impacted by it pay attention to what’s written in those studies and weigh in on it with information of their own of what they see as impact so that they can be included.”

One concern Navarre discussed in previous interviews with the Clarion is tax structuring and the impacts different options, such as a payment in lieu of taxes, would have on the borough.

He said the board didn’t debate tax structure at the meeting.

“We touched on it but didn’t really get into a lot of the details on it,” he said.

The board plans to try to meet monthly between now and December, he said.

Meeting documents and presentations are available on the Alaska Department of Revenue website: dor.alaska.gov/MunicipalAdvisoryGasProjectReviewBoard.aspx.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com

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WinchesterM1
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WinchesterM1 08/08/14 - 08:04 pm
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..where to start..

Is this why they elected Navarre down there?.. to kowtow in secret with an international cartel? Is that his voters` idea of "open and transparent government"? These people are SETTING tax policy without your knowledge or participation! What happened to the opinions of us voters who put you there Navarre? They do this then present us with a "fait accompli" that`s all signed sealed and delivered, to this next legislature. A "done deal"
Mike,..If taxes are going to be based on oil revenue, and revenue is going to be based on SB138 and BS21, then prepare to get educated about how much revenue we`ll LOSE in just a few short years unless BS21 is repealed! I would have better respected the so-called leaders like Navarre had they said they would NOT take part in secret discussions that are the PEOPLES FISCAL business!! (http://alaska-native-news.com/zero-value-oil-tax-provision-hidden-from-l...)
Unless we`re already morphing into that "oil colony",.... and have already relinquished our sovereignty and our rights under our own state constitution.
A "YES on 1" will end this secrecy that Navarre and the rest got shanghaied into, by Parnell and McGuire and Hawker and the rest, as well as bring us back to our fair and equitable tax system we called ACES.
We can simply adjust the "progressivity" in ACES by tying it to a "moving average" price of OUR oil,..instead of a larger percent of every dollar over a certain amount, or just lower the percentage of the "spike" in the oil price (war, nature,political problems, sabotage) that ACES took.
ACES was working well if not perfectly for Alaska in "harvest" mode, by every logical measure.
There is too much secrecy as it is with numbers from the oil companies in Alaska. We haven`t audited them in how long Mr. Parnell?? Is this the "competitiveness review board" pushed by Lesil McGuire? Micciche? Meyer? Taj-Mahawker? Is this the board Parnell tried to and did "pack" with outside oil executives?
Yes to all.
I urge my fellow Alaskans to Vote another yes, this time "YES on 1" and take Alaska back from this corruption for once and for all. Or at least until our kids can take safe and honest reins from us. If we still have them.

Rex Tillerson of Exxon testified in Juneau, when asked a question on ACES,(when asked if ACES was wasting credits on items that “produce no oil”...as was being AND IS STILL being, claimed)...he stated “all investment leads to production”. In other words, he did not agree the ACES credits were wasted,..and he`s only the boss of Exxon.
Does THAT little fact sound like public vetting was a priority for this Governor or his friends in Juneau?
“Those who fail to learn the lessons of history, are destined to repeat them..” (Disraeli or Santayana or Khalil Gibran or somebody....)

"Alaska oil jobs hit record high, despite governor's warnings
Pat Forgey
March 22, 2013

"-State Department of Labor employment data released Friday show direct oil and gas industry jobs in Alaska reached reached 13,600 last year, a new record high since the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline in 1976".

JUNEAU -- Oil industry jobs in Alaska hit a new record high in 2012, dealing another blow to what had once been a main focus of the assault by Gov. Parnell and the industry on the state's ACES oil tax.

"If you look at the history of the governor's attempts to attack ACES, this was one of the first main arguments they made, that jobs are going away," said Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage. (more)http://www.adn.com/article/20130322/alaska-oil-jobs-hit-record-high-despite-governors-warnings

and this... old but germane.. as bad as his “million barrels a day” which sparked the greed and fear to begin with, all at the same time...

vetting?..(Bill Allen in a deep spanish accent..) “WE OWN THIS STATE, “we don`t need no stinking vetting!!”

"Alaska oil jobs hit record high, despite governor's warnings
Pat Forgey
March 22, 2013
JUNEAU -- A day after Gov. Sean Parnell's big victory on oil tax cuts in the Alaska Senate, Wednesday, he was hard at work positioning Senate Bill 21 for passage in the House of Representatives.

Parnell told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce that he wasn't allowed on the Senate floor, but used a luncheon address to challenge senators who questioned his administration's claim oil production is declining by 6 percent a year.

ConocoPhillips executives recently told industry analysts they were actually expecting a decline of 3 percent or less from Alaska's North Slope oilfields. (that`s under ACES folks...not 6% like we are still being told))

Parnell said the amount of decline wasn't the key fact. (that1s called "back pedaling)

"The bottom line is we're in "decline", we NEED to work as hard as we can to stem the "decline", he said."

Clarion readers, looking back now it seems it should have been more obvious to more people.. the house of cards they were building to justify this extortion of Alaska`s fair return on it`s commonly owned resources, as was meant by the writers of our state constitution, and was then tasked and expected that we fight for, in the statehood pact.http://www.adn.com/article/20130321/parnell-urges-alaska-house-swiftly-pass-oil-tax-cut

beaverlooper
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beaverlooper 08/08/14 - 09:28 pm
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elected?

"Is this why they elected Navarre down there?.. to kowtow in secret with an international cartel?"
I didn't see where Mayor Navarre was elected to any thing "down there"
He said they barely touched on tax structure and that was one thing he was concerned about. Otherwise I agree with most everything you said.

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Raoulduke 08/09/14 - 07:28 am
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The Question

WinchesterM1-The question is not .Whether Alaska is morphing into an "oil colony". Sorry! I believe.It has already happened.The relinquishing of state sovereignty,and your rights under the state constitution.Well! The elected/reelected in Juneau for decades have made sure.Unfortunately! You would lose them. Well! The Alaskan had put them there! A No vote on 1.Will have the Alaskan jumping over dollars to pick up nickels.

hunteralaska
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hunteralaska 08/10/14 - 07:27 am
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Politics, Cronyism, We Know What's Best For You Goverment

I can't remember a time when everyone got what they wanted with regards to public policy. We have systems in place that allow citizens to challenge any public policy. Checks and balances inside our goverment & public petitions/hearings to challenge laws and other acts. Unfortunately there are also closed door meetings by policy/law makers that sneak things past the public via riders and other methods. I'm sure there are other methods as well, but those are the obvious ones to me.

Lots of us feel passionate about our quality of life, how much control we allow goverment to have, and the way in which laws are enacted and enforced.

So get out and vote if your gut tells you something isn't right, go to public meetings and excercise your right to tell policy makers what you want, publish your opinion where you feel it's most effective even if it's a yard sign.

And never, never allow your first amendment right to free speach be silenced in any way.

williechakula
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williechakula 08/13/14 - 05:36 am
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Lessons on "secrecy" from Maryland...

You all might be interested to hear about how things have gone in Southern Maryland regarding the proposed Dominion Cove Point LNG export facility, planned on the site of the existing-but-long-dormant LNG import facility.

Our Board of County Commissioners - without our knowledge - started meeting with Dominion Resources about this project back in 2011. Then in 2012 they signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Dominion; everything from scientific knowledge to technical processes to "know-how" (seriously) is considered to be proprietary and therefore cannot be disclosed. The County also verbally warned employees not to discuss the project with the public.

Citizens of Calvert County knew nothing of the details of this project until late 2013, at which point ALL elected officials were on board, from County to State to national level. (Dominion has a lot of money...) It's a huge fight, and the main problem has been secrecy. This will be the first time a natural gas liquefaction and export facility will be located in a densely populated area, yet they haven't even conducted a Quantitative Risk Assessment. Dominion tells officials it's not necessary and they believe it. Dominion tells officials it will bring in millions of dollars and they believe it, even though economists have pointed out that the economic analyses Dominion ran are flawed and have led to inflated figures.

The one thing in favor of southern MDers: a judge has now found that the Commissioners violated the MD constitution when they gave a blanket exemption to all building codes to Dominion. This ruling 2 days ago vindicates many of our claims.

My suggestion to you all, regardless of where you stand on the pros and cons of the facility itself: DO NOT ACCEPT THEIR ASSURANCES. Fight for transparency and input to ensure your own safety and health, and that of your environment. Good luck to you all! http://smnewsnet.com/archives/107577/the-amp-creeks-council-wins-cove-po...

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