October 03, 2003
Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski will present the case for the Alaska Highway route for the Alaska natural gas pipeline in his weekly television program, "Our Alaska," airing Friday evening on statewide cable and satellite TV systems. He will discuss both the enabling provisions and fiscal incentives in the federal energy bill, and why their passage is vital to Alaska and the nation.
The second edition of the 30-minute show will include footage of the governor's extensive interview with CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, recorded on Aug. 27 on the North Slope. Selected portions of that interview aired on CBS' popular "60 Minutes" program on Sept. 21.
"There are few projects more important to Alaska's long-term economic health and to the country than to bring North Slope gas to market via the highway route," Murkowski said. "'60 Minutes presented some information about the project and its prospects. However, significant issues were ignored. I believe that going into the issues in greater depth will help build a rational understanding of and support for the highway gas line."
"I would encourage anyone who has an interest in the economic future of Alaska to watch the show and become better informed about the opportunities and obstacles associated with a natural gas line," the governor said.
The Governor issued a news release on September 22, the day after the 60 Minutes program aired, in which he expressed his concern about facts left out by CBS. (Read 60 Minutes Did Not Tell Whole Story Says Governor...)
"Our Alaska" presents news and public information about a different topic each week focussing on the initiatives and activities of the Murkowski Administration. It is produced by the governor's communication staff at no additional cost to the public.
The show airs on GCI cable
TV stations on Fridays at 7 p.m., repeating Sundays at 5 p.m.
in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Homer. It also reaches more
than 200 rural communities on the Alaska Rural Communications
System (ARCS) Fridays at 9:30 p.m.
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