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Monday, October 24, 2005

Alaska Bureaucrats Display Intregrity, Principles, rather than sell out to Multinational Oil Companies

Submitted via email Tom Irwin, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, said in a memorandum to the state's attorney general that he and other officials may quit rather than take part in a deal that would give too much away to ConocoPhillips, BP Plc., and Exxon Mobil Corp.

Putting department members "in a work environment where they seriously question the legality of administrative actions they are asked to participate in is so troubling that it could result in the resignation of exceedingly valuable members of our gas pipeline team," Irwin said in his memo sent last week.

Contract terms, as currently developed, could be cheating Alaska out of revenue from state-owned mineral rights and may expose the state to unnecessary financial risks, Irwin said.

The terms could also undercut terms of current oil-field leases and force unwarranted changes in the state's oil-tax structure, he said.

Irwin was not available for comment. But his concerns echoed those of some of the Republican governor's critics.

"The thrust of his argument is that Alaska is going to give up too much to get a deal that the marketplace should deliver," said House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, an Anchorage Democrat and candidate for governor.

Murkowski released Irwin's memo late on Friday just as he was announcing an agreement with ConocoPhillips on fiscal terms for the pipeline.

The natural gas project, with a cost estimated at $20 billion, would ship 4 billion cubic feet a day down a pipeline system expected to run more than 3,000 miles through Canada to the U.S. Midwest. It would provide a transportation system for the 35 trillion cubic feet of natural gas known to be held in North Slope oil fields.


Anonymous AlaskaFarker said...

Gov. Murkowski. What a scumbag.

Let's see:

Spent our money on a private jet, even after we said no.

Appointed his Daughter to the U.S. Senate seat, instead of allowing us to elect someone.

What else?

12:08 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Murkowski! Only reason I voted for him was that he's not Tony Knowles. Mayhap that was a mistake on my part. Our present Governor is, in a word, despicable. I have actually known winos with higher ethics, and I do not exaggerate. I'm willing to accept any decent person, but to my mind Governor Murkowski is far from decent in any sense of the term. In no way would he qualify to be a friend of mine. He doesn't rate.

As for these expressions of integrity, they are indeed welcome. Let's see if these folk follow through when the time comes. And, since Murkowski is undeniably a whore for multinational corporations, I'd bet the time WILL come.

As for Lisa, she actually seems reasonably competent, so far as I can tell. So far. And I too feel the manner of her appointment to be nepotism of the lowest order, and thoroughly contemptible. It's a blot which will take some time, and effort on her part, to eradicate.

The only REAL advantage she has is that she's got her ***hole daddy's connections. Who will, in all likelihood, corrupt her also.

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