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Governor Gives Gas Pipeline Update


December 18, 2005

In a press conference held Friday in Anchorage, Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski provided an update on gas pipeline negotiations and announced that negotiations are suspended over the holidays. The state will reengage with the producers BP and ExxonMobil once they provide satisfactory responses on several key contract issues that the state has presented to them.
 audio Supsending Negotiations (63.9k mp3)
 audio Key Terms have Agreement (52.6k mp3) 
 audio Non-Negotiable Items (114.5k mp3)
 audio Meeing America's Energy Needs (80.8k mp3)
 audio Joe Marushack Comments (194.4k mp3)

"We are at what I would call a defining moment," said the governor. "All of the parties have reached agreement on fiscal terms that are very positive for the state. But there are other critical issues on the table that, for the state, are non-negotiable. I am confident that BP and ExxonMobil will come back to the state after the holidays with satisfactory resolution to the items we have presented to them."

ConocoPhillips and the state announced in October that they had reached a contract agreement that includes the provisions the state is asking of ExxonMobil and BP.

"I have invited the CEO's of the three companies to Juneau in early 2006," said the governor. "I have received the commitment from the CEO's of BP and ExxonMobil to resolve these negotiations expeditiously - and I look forward to their conclusion. The Alaska gas pipeline is about Alaska's future, but it is also critical to the nation. Alaska is America's pipeline to energy independence."

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