ANWR and NATURAL GAS
By Mary Henrikson
July 02, 2008
This is a response to Marlowe Thompson and her frustrations over
ANWR. I am confused by the standard statement that oil from ANWR
won't get to market for 10 years. I worked on the The Trans Alaska
Pipeline and it took a fraction of that time to build a pipeline
from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. I can't help but feel technology
has improved. I know oil companies must find and drill, but it
sounds like they've a good idea where the oil is located and
the Governor states the foot print will be the size of Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX). So the industrial layout will be
smaller than Prudhoe, and if they tap into the trans-Alaska pipeline
then it sounds like a 3-5 year project on the outside to the
outside, and not nearly as intrusive.
A natural gas pipeline through Canada will benefit all of the
United States and especially Alaska. I understand the rail belt
wanting to go back to cheap natural gas, but Alaska will make
more money selling it to millions in the lower 48 and then put
a line to the South. As I understand it there is no facility
on the West Coast can refine liquefied natural gas, so the gas
that goes through Valdez will go to Japan, China and other Far
East Countries. I'm also struck with the thought that the reason
we won World War II was because we had Texas oil fields, and
the fascists didn't, so there is a National Security issue involved
in getting oil and gas to the States, and an export to help settle
the national debt, which has everything to your children's future.
I am not saying we should open ANWR, I'm not saying Fairbanks
and South Central should not have cheap heat. I'm just saying
if we exploit this natural resource, Alaska and Alaskans could
be wealthy with jobs and education and prospects for the next
generation. Imagine a life without potholes. Imagine a bunch
of really creative young people who want to stay in Alaska
and develop the perfect battery for an electric car, or write
the perfect novel, or cure the worst disease. Young Alaskans
can be what ever they want to be with a great education. Imagine
a new way to power the world and fuel airplanes. Imagine wind
farms in Bethel, Dillingham and other energy starved Alaska places,
and imagine our state government being able to sign the check
that allows villagers to have an easier life, better education
and health services. Imagine a top rate fishing fleet able with
first class shore services. All of that can be done with this
new ethical Renaissance that seems to be taking place in Juneau.
Imagine a State where all of its citizens profit from its resources.
What I'm taking too long to say is it will not take 10 years,
and if you believe it will please tell me why.
Received July 02, 2008 - Published
July 02, 2008, 2008
from ANWR/ gas price reduction By Marlowe Thompson
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