NEWS: Democrats: Local Gas First

Legislators repeat call for binding commitment to meet local needs before exporting Cook Inlet gas

JUNEAU – Today, seven Democratic legislators in the Alaska Legislature called on the governor to require binding commitments to meet local gas needs before a producer exports Cook Inlet gas as a condition of state support for the producer’s federal export license application.

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NEWS: House Democrats Mourn the Loss of Senator Al Adams

Today, House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) released the following statement after learning of the passing of longtime Alaska statesman, Al Adams:

“Today, along with all of Alaska, the House Democratic Caucus mourns the passing of Senator Al Adams. There will never be another Al Adams. His legendary public service, his inimitable sense of humor, and his great compassion will live long in our hearts. A great man, he never lost his sense of humanity. Senator Adams was a true leader, he inspired us, as John Quincy Adams said,

‘to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.’ It is a sad day for Alaska. Our sympathy goes out to his family and to all he touched.”

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Upcoming Joint In-State Gas Caucus Meeting and Other Important News

I hope you have been having a great summer this year and have been making the most of the recent sunny weather. I have put together the following list of upcoming events and other information that might be of interest to you. Please keep in touch, and do not hesitate to call or send me an email any time I can be of service.

Joint In-State Gas Caucus Meeting

On Monday, July 30, at 1:00 PM the Joint In-State Gas Caucus will be having an update on Alaska natural gas pipeline projects.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: The Fish Are Running!

Dear Neighbors,

Over the coming weeks many Alaskan families will be seeking to fill their freezers with fish from our bountiful waters. Whether through sport or personal use fishing, the rules and regulations can be confusing at times. I have put together the following list of useful phone numbers so that you can be sure you are operating within the rules. When in doubt, ask an expert!

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NEWS: House Democrats Call for Firm Timelines on Pt. Thomson Development

Without work schedules, continued delay likely

JUNEAU – Today, nine members of the House Democratic Caucus called on the Department of Natural Resources to require firm timelines and work schedules before approving Exxon’s most recent Plan of Development for Pt. Thomson. In their official comments submitted today, the lawmakers said that without a timeline for Exxon to complete the work, this Plan of Development is likely to result in the same delay and inaction that has kept the resource undeveloped for over thirty years.

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NEWS: House Democrats Laud Successful Cook Inlet Lease Sale

Today, four members of the House Democratic Caucus said that today’s successful Cook Inlet lease sale was another reason for Alaskans to be optimistic about Alaska’s ability to meet long-term local energy needs with Alaskan gas.

“The industry’s renewed interest in Cook Inlet is not surprising given the incentives we’ve put in place and the real potential to find large amounts of untapped oil and gas,” said Representative Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage). “It shows they think there’s a lot of gas there, and that they’re willing to produce it. That’s good news for Alaska’s energy future.”

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