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#09-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

GOP presses EPA on Alaska mine review
By Zack Colman - 09/30/12 09:30 AM ET
Oversight Republicans in the House are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about a mine review in Alaska that they argue could spook energy investors nationwide.Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and panel member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are demanding a briefing on EPA’s watershed impact tests for a proposed mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska....

Restoring Twelvemile Creek for Wild Salmon
The restoration of a Tongass National Forest salmon stream is underway - Sep 30,2012 - Restoring Twelvemile Creek for Wild Salmon
The restoration of a Tongass National Forest salmon stream is underway.
Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
The Tongass National Forest has completed the first phase of a large-scale watershed restoration project begun this summer with the National Forest Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and communities on Prince of Wales Island. The Twelvemile Creek watershed encompasses 28 miles of salmon and other fish-bearing streams as well as 59 miles of additional streams covering an area just under 20 square miles in central Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. In 2012, 1.5 stream miles were restored in a project that included...

New gas hopes: Japan turns from nuclear, reviving hopes for Alaska natural gas line to tidewater
by Frank Murkowski
Sep 30, 2012
In 2006, the state negotiated a 457-page contract with the three producers — BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon — that hold the Alaska North Slope gas leases. This set the stage for marketing North Slope gas and building the pipeline to Alberta or Chicago. There was commercial alignment between the producers and the state because the state took a 20 percent equity interest in the gas and the pipeline, just as Gov. Bill Egan had once proposed we do with the oil pipeline. That 20 percent interest came from the state exchanging its 12.5 percent royalty interest and negotiating its income taxes for 7.5 percent of the gas.....

Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions
By Bill Walker
September 28, 2012
Since the award of the AGIA contract, Alaska has funded Exxon/TransCanada in the amount of $188 million, yet Alaska  has not been told the results of the first July 2010 open season.  However, Asia’s strong demand for Valdez LNG was confirmed on September 14th when the Alaska Gasline Port Authority submitted nominations, on behalf of Asian buyers, in response to ExxonMobil/TransCanada's AGIA second solicitation of interest.  As discussed below, the Port Authority has made those nominations public in the hope of encouraging open discourse about what steps must be taken immediately to monetize North Slope gas.....

Alaskan vegetables are as good as its fish
11:09 PM, Sep 25, 2012
Editor’s note: Wednesday food columnist Linda Hoffman recently visited Alaska. She offers the following story and recipe from her travels. Homer, Alaska, is located at the end of the Kenai Peninsula, about 220 miles from Anchorage. It is known for excellent salmon and halibut fishing, and for the ruggedly beautiful mountain backdrop lining Kachemak Bay. I took the ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway System from Bellingham, Wash., to Homer and was fascinated by the extent to which Alaskans rely on the marine branch of their state highway department. The ferry system is the affordable transportation of...

Southeast Conference meeting covers plethora of topics
Assemblymembers attending call it 'hard-hitting', 'great opportunity'
Posted: September 30, 2012 - 12:09am
The Southeast Conference’s annual meeting concluded Thursday after four days of meetings, presentations and other events dealing with Southeast Alaska regional issues. The City and Borough of Juneau was represented at the meeting by Assemblymembers Mary Becker, Johan Dybdahl, Carlton Smith, Randy Wanamaker and David G. Stone, who is also deputy mayor. On Friday, after returning from the meeting in Craig, Smith said, “It’s always a good thing to get the regional perspective on the economy and also the concerns of other residents going forward. I was...