Skip to comments.City of Valdez plans big campaign against gas line
Posted on 03/22/2013 8:55:40 AM PDT by thackney
The city of Valdez plans to spend up to $900,000 to try to defeat a bill aimed at advancing an in-state natural gas pipeline project.
City manager John Hozey said a large-scale line capable of feeding overseas exports makes more sense for Alaska.
Valdez has hoped to be the terminus for a major line, when and if one gets built, but Hozey said the PR campaign - including ads and a website - is geared at supporting what Valdez believes to be the better project. The city is using money it has won in challenges over taxation of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline to fund the effort, he said.
"We will only have one opportunity to build the gas line that will bring low-cost energy to all Alaskans ... and bring revenue to the state to fund all the things that are important to all of us," like education, transportation and public safety, he said. "If we blow our chance on this (smaller) line, then we've lost our future."
A number of other communities and groups have expressed support for the in-state gas bill, HB4, including an Anchorage energy task force, the city of Fairbanks, the mayor of the North Slope Borough, resource development groups and chambers of commerce. Hozey said he worries that communities aren't getting the full picture.
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Some in Valdez want to shut that down so they can get a much larger export pipeline built for LNG to come to their small city and get more jobs/dollars.
I visited Valdez on a cruise ship stop once. It was a tiny town in very desolate country. The only real landmark we could find for pictures was the post office. The people there were wonderful.
I flew in from Anchorage for work a few times. A few times we flew near, circled around trying for a break in the clouds, gave up and flew back.
The amount of snow fall they get is simply amazing, average annual snowfall of 360 inches. And just a little north of that in Thompson Pass gets 551.5 inches of snow per year on average.
I lived in Valdez for 3 years during the building of the pipeline and terminal. You’re right about desolate, but my oh my, it is so beautiful! The snow in winter was so high Alyeska sent cherry pickers (?) to pull it off the roofs. We couldn’t see out the windows after a snowstorm until the heat of the house melted it away...then we could stand right at the window and look up and see the sky. The darkness in winter was a drag, but the long hours of sunlight in summer were wonderful for doing things with the kids after work. I loved living there...except for the extreme cold!
I lived in Valdez for 18 years, before, during, and after the pipeline construction. The In-state line would be a tremendous boon for the southcentral area, and would make it possible to cheaply heat and light large greenhouses for local produce, among other things. I think Valdez is wrong on this one.
The Valdez group doesn’t want to exclude the in state distribution. They just want significantly more money spent for a far larger line so it can provide significant exports as well as the in state distribution.
I agree they are wrong. I believe at this time they are pushing for such a large project cost that it will prevent it from happening for a long time.