Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Gasline plan would allow industry to take unfair advantage of state

Alaskans need to know now that any commercial gasline project also economically benefits from the "gas liquids." These hydrocarbons (butane, ethane, propane, etc.) are then used for petrochemical feedstocks and domestic energy.

Many promote exporting these valuable Alaska resources into Canada or Chicago so others then reap the tremendous financial rewards instead of Alaskans. Hydrocarbons are the "pound of flesh" that Alberta demands to strip out as the gasline passes through Canada. Industry players are just licking their chops at Alaska shipping our gas Outside so they make the money and get our jobs. Alaska cannot afford to be so stupid.

Constructing the All-Alaska Gasline to tidewater at Valdez (with spurs to Kenai) let's us build environmentally smart petrochemical plants providing potentially thousands of permanent jobs after construction of the gasline and LNG plant. Revenues flowing into our state treasury are almost incalculable if we do this in Alaska, not Canada.

Alaskans must vote yes for the Gasline Initiative.

I am running for lieutenant governor. If elected, I will make sure this project is done in Alaska once the Gasline Initiative passes. All of you young people seeking jobs, registered as Nonpartisans and Undeclared, need to vote for me Aug. 27 to make sure I go to Juneau to make this happen.

No one else has stepped forward to champion this cause for all Alaskans.

Let's vote together to get this done.

Scott Heyworth


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