NEWS: Rep. Gara Wants Fairness for Kenai River Dipnetters

Juneau – For the past three years, Alaskans who rely on dipnetting sockeye salmon from the Kenai River have been blocked from fishing after July 31st, which denies them a fair chance at catching their limit of fish. The sockeye salmon runs have been arriving later in the season, which results in a substantial part of the Kenai River run entering the river after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed the dipnet fishery. At the same time, commercial fishermen have been allowed to take advantage of continued strong returns well into August.

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NEWS: Rep. Petersen Comments on Resolution of Cook Inlet Gas Dispute

Legislator pleased, but wants future guarantees that Alaskan gas goes to Alaskans first

Today, Representative Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage) released the following statement upon news that the Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska (CINGSA) and Marathon Oil Company have resolved their dispute over gas supplies for the Kenai gas storage facility.

“I’m pleased that Marathon and CINGSA resolved their dispute, but this whole issue shows how important it is that we have guarantees that Alaskan gas goes to Alaskans first,” said Rep. Petersen. “It’s important Alaskans have firm commitments that our gas will be there to meet our energy needs first so we can grow local businesses and plan household budgets with confidence.”

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