Make a point to speak your mind on AGIA

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008

Thursday provides a great opportunity to hear what our legislators have to say about the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, more commonly known as AGIA.

State representatives and officials are heading to the Soldotna Sports Center and speaking their mind from 1 to 5 p.m., telling us about TransCanada Alaska's proposal to build a $30 billion pipeline from the North Slope to Alberta and deliver gas to the Lower 48.

You also can expect the BP and ConocoPhillips' Denali project to come up. The oil companies already have filed for a preliminary review of their project by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. TransCanada has not filed for anything with FERC.

Included in the presentation will be TransCanada Vice President Tony Palmer, representatives of Gov. Sarah Palin's administration and Kenai Peninsula lawmakers. Of those contacted, Sens. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, and Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Reps. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, Kurt Olson, R-Soldotna, and Paul Seaton, R-Homer, have all said they plan to attend.

Once the officials get their say, it's time for the public to give them ours.

Testimony will be taken during a two-hour evening session starting at 6 p.m. at the sports center.

Peninsula residents are not known to be shy about speaking their mind. We hope this event will be no exception.

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