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Disconnect between people and government
By Glenn Gould


March 13, 2012
Tuesday PM

To the Editor,

I have been hollering into the void for quite a while on the subject of the All Alaska Gasline. I was surprised and happy to read statements made by Senator Ted Stevens, just before his plane crashed, that showed he was on board with the project and a terminus in Nikiski.

The location of a large scale LNG terminal is a problem. It is not an ok put 'er right there situation. All efforts on the west coast of the US for a major terminal have been shot down by local residents. As soon as the locals learn what the potential blast zone is if an accidental explosion should occur there are active protest groups made of VERY concerned citizens.

The use of the Valdez area for a terminus will not pass. This does not mean no project but it does mean a different route. Nikiski already has an LNG export terminal and has a better physical site in that it does not form a bowl to contain and maximize a potential explosion. Valdez with the already existing Transalaska Pipeline terminal will be an idea to shelve and move quickly away from before an informed citizenry spends their time and money shooting it down.

It has been my observation that there is a major disconnect between the will of the Alaskan citizenry and the elected government. This gasline project will most likely not happen. There are applecarts that will be upset. It is a waste of all of our time for all of us to even consider that our wishes will be done.

Thank you,

Glenn Gould
Fairbanks, AK

About: "Lifelong Alaskan making a living working with my hands in the mineral, oil, and gas industry."

Received March 10, 2012 - Published March 13, 2012



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