Watching Government: Alaska’s pipeline questions

Ken Salazar said he regretted not being able to spend more time in Alaska as he concluded his fourth visit there as US Interior Secretary on Aug. 13. State officials nevertheless gave him an earful about crude oil pipelines while he was there. Gov. Sean Parnell (R) asked Salazar on Aug. 12 to use his authority to expedite the US Army Corps of Engineers record of decision on the Point Thomson project, the largest undeveloped oil and gas field in Alaska. Among other benefits, Parnell said in a letter to the secretary, Point Thomson initially would produce 10,000 b/d of condensate for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, “an important contribution to our state’s goal of increasing TAPS throughp...

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