Governor Calls 30-Day AGIA
Legislature to Convene in
Juneau on June 3
March 30, 2008
Governor Sarah Palin announced Friday that AGIA findings will
be presented to lawmakers the week of May 19. She also called
the Legislature into a 30-day special session on June 3. The
Executive Proclamation calls for legislators to review "any
action taken by the commissioner of natural resources and the
commissioner of revenue" under AGIA.
"This schedule is extremely aggressive," Governor Palin
pointed out, in explaining the basis behind the dates selected.
"Our plan is to complete the findings by the week of May
19, allow legislators time to read and absorb the materials,
provide public gasline team briefings in Anchorage, and then
move to special session in Juneau where they have requested to
The commissioners would give notice of their findings to the
legislature the week of May 19, and if they recommend awarding
the proposed license, the legislature would then have 60 days
to approve issuance of the license. The gasline team's schedule
includes briefings in Anchorage May 28, 29 and 30
on the commissioners' findings for legislators and the public.
Lawmakers passed AGIA legislation with a 57-1 vote on May 11,
which began the AGIA application process. The commissioners received
proposals on November 30 and reviewed them to determine whether
they met the conditions required under AGIA. On January 4 it
was announced that the application from TransCanada Alaska Company,
LLC/Foothills Pipelines, Ltd. (TransCanada) satisfied all of
the mandatory requirements set out in AGIA, allowing TransCanada's
application to move to the evaluation phase of the AGIA process.
The 60-day public review and comment period on TransCanada's
application ended March 6. The Administration is continuing to
analyze and evaluate the benefits to Alaskans of the gas pipeline
project proposed by TransCanada, including a comparative analysis
of the benefits of an all-Alaska route for liquefied natural
gas (LNG) projects.
Governor Palin emphasized that the calling of a special session
is not an indication that the commissioners have yet made a determination
regarding whether to recommend TransCanada's AGIA application.
"The gasline team faces a truly monumental effort in comprehensively
analyzing TransCanada's application, considering the public comments
received and reviewing the all-Alaska LNG options for comparison
purposes," Governor Palin said.
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