Rep. Scott Kawasaki
Rep. Scott Kawasaki
February 23, 2011

Dear Neighbor,

$2 Billion Gamble?
The Governor’s corporate oil tax break bill is currently being heard in the House Resources Committee. From the studies by the Department of Revenue and the Legislature, there is no direct evidence that this bill will lead to any new jobs or development in Alaska. In fact, BP and Exxon recently testified that they could not guarantee more development or jobs as a result of our actions. Most of the information on from the department has been provided voluntarily from the oil corporations or been identified as ‘anecdotal’ by the Administration. At an estimated cost of $2 billion dollars a year, I think that the bill is an expensive gamble.

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If the bill passes, the oil industry will drain $13 billion dollars of Alaska’s savings in less than 5 years. There are still too many questions unanswered and too many secret costs hidden in the bill that need to be answered. Alaska deserves a critical and thoughtful look at any bill or any legislation that is designed to change our current oil and gas structure.

A Safe Pipeline
In January, the Trans-Alaska pipeline shut down for ten days and it was estimated that over $100 million were lost. That incident and others like it prompted the Federal Administration to issue a “notice of proposed safety order” to the Alyeska Pipeline Company. The notice requested that plans be submitted to correct issues related to leaks and improve the overall safety of the pipeline.

walking alongside AK PipelinePipeline integrity is critical to the success of TAPS. Though Alyeska maintains the pipeline, the major shareholders and owners of the pipeline are big oil producers. Instead of looking at an oil tax bill that doesn’t promise any new oil down the pipeline, producers should be concentrating on pipeline integrity. It is in their best interest to secure levels that will keep oil flowing for years to come and I look forward to working the House Resources Committee and the Governor on solutions to protect the environment and ensure stable development. Pipeline integrity, proper maintenance, overhauls and improved monitoring will be critical to keep oil flowing safely for years to come.

Prices on the Rise Again
The average price of gasoline right now in Fairbanks is $3.54. Alaskans are paying far too much for heating oil and gas, and prices are on the rise again. That is why I teamed up with Rep. Petersen (D-Anchorage) again to introduce House Bill 25. The bill would outlaw the practice of price gouging on gasoline, heating fuel and other fuels critical to Alaskan survival. Currently, excessive prices are only illegal if companies work together to set a high price. Many other states have price gouging laws, and Alaska should have one too. I will continue to push the bill while we all struggle to fill our tanks and heat our homes.

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Mark Your calendar
Don’t forget that my constituent meeting is coming up. The meeting will be held at the main theater in Pioneer Park on Saturday, February 26th from noon until 2:00 PM. I will send out additional information and reminders. I look forward to seeing you there!

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

[SIGNED]

Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
Interior Delegation Chairman

 

 

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@legis.state.ak.us

 
IN JUNEAU:
Phone: (907) 465-3466
FAX: (907) 465-2937
State Capitol Rm #428
Juneau, AK 99801

IN FAIRBANKS:
Phone: (907) 456-7423
FAX: (907) 451-9293
1292 Sadler Way
(AlaskaUSA Credit Building)
Fairbanks, AK 99701
 
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Senator Mark Begich
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 206
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 456-0261

Sen. Mark Begich

Congressman Don Young
101 12th Avenue, # 10
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 456-0210

don.young@mail.house.gov

Senator Lisa Murkowski
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 216
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-456-0233

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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