Note from Rep. Les Gara: Hiring Non-Alaskans in the Oil Patch Hearing Thursday & Lots More

Well, I’ve learned a lot this summer, and Thursday we can all learn more – on why the oil industry is hiring so many outside workers in place of Alaskans. That hearing will take place at the Legislative Information Office, from 1:30 to 3:30. Public testimony will be allowed from 5:30 to 7:30. Here’s what we know. Nearly 50% of Alaska’s North Slope workers since 2009 have been outsiders. On the other hand, employment in Alaska’s oil and gas industry is at an all-time high – 13,600 this year, compared to 10,100 when we had a low oil production tax under the old ELF system. So – those fancy TV ads saying we need to reduce oil taxes because we’re losing North Slope employment leave out a fact. Well, a few. That employment is up. But Outsiders are taking jobs Alaskans should get. Lowering oil taxes, when the industry is hiring more non-Alaskans, is one of those bad policy non sequiturs.

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Note from Rep. Les Gara: Oil Company “Liar Liar” Accusations: Spin, Attack on Sen. French and Yours Truly, Make Truth a Casualty

This job is hard sometimes. It becomes harder when you have to waste your time researching facts that others – in this case an oil company lobbying group – tell half-truths about to get the law changed in their $$$$ favor. Shocking that those who shill for multinational foreign corporations would not tell you the whole truth in an effort to take your money (when you lose a fair share for Alaska’s oil the next demand will be for an income tax or a cut in your Permanent Fund Dividend). Nobody likes being called a liar by well-funded special interests.

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East-West Pipeline Corridor in NPR-A Critical For Oil and Gas Development

For Immediate Release: August 9th, 2011   East-West Pipeline Corridor in NPR-A Critical For Oil and Gas Development Ten Alaska lawmakers urge federal agency to include corridor in draft plans   ANCHORAGE-Ten Alaskan lawmakers today sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, urging the agency to create an east-west pipeline corridor as …

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New Oil Drilling Rigs, High Profits and New Developers Undermine Parnell Demand for Oil Tax Giveaway

This week pictures surfaced of two new $100 million drilling rigs being sent from the Portland shipyard to Alaska’s North Slope. The owner of the rigs, Parker Drilling, has indicated that this delivery is part of British Petroleum’s land-based drilling program. The rigs made news in Portland when they required a shutdown of interstate traffic during rush hour as they were transported down the Willamette River.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” said Senator Hollis French, D-Anchorage, who took the photos during a recent tour of the port of Portland. “The governor is acting like the sky is falling, but these two rigs tell a very different story.”

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Note from Rep. Gara: In-State Gas: Expensive and Not Yet Time to Pull Plug on Potentially Cheaper, Better Options

Do you want to be bound, by contract, to pay natural gas prices that are double what is paid in the Lower 48 – for the next 20 or 30 years? How’s that for attracting business to Alaska? How’s that for your pocketbook? The folks who held the press conference on Tuesday didn’t mention any of that, did they? Unfortunately, the gasline debate has devolved into competing sound bites. Those pushing the project want you to think the lights will go out tomorrow if you don’t do what they propose. It’s bad policy to scare people into ill-advised projects. Frankly, the sound bites on all sides are pretty trite – because this issue is too difficult to discuss in accurate sound bites.

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