1 door closes on the Kenai ...

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2007

Agrium: The end of an era; the begin-

ning of new opportunities?

We hope so.

The closing of Agrium at the end of this month does mark the end of an era for the Kenai Peninsula.

For 40 years, the North Kenai nitrogen fertilizer plant has been a major employer, taxpayer and good community partner.

Losing 140 jobs in a market our size definitely will hurt, but rather than live in a gloom and doom atmosphere, we believe it's time to look forward and invest our energies in future new industries here.

We agree with Borough Mayor John Williams that Alaska should focus its efforts on a bullet gas line from the North Slope to Cook Inlet.

"The benefits to the people of Alaska would be tenfold over a line to Chicago if we could build the line to the peninsula," Williams said.

We couldn't agree more.

Let's move forward with a new plan for the bullet line to Cook Inlet that would create employment and an opportunity for different new industries to develop.

The residents of the Kenai Peninsula have been down this road before, and we have always persevered.

Goodbye Agrium, you will be missed.

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