04/23/12 - 8:44am
During my tenure as chairman of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, one of the most important lessons I learned is that transparency matters in public affairs. People want to be informed about issues that affect them, and they deserve the opportunity to weigh in on those issues. That's the public process.
At the same time, project developers deserve the opportunity to perform the research, present the findings to the public and follow the steps required by federal, state and local regulators. That's the permitting process.