No Special Session Anytime Soon

No Special Session Anytime Soon

Don’t expect a special legislative session to be called anytime soon by the governor. Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday (Sep 10, 2015) said much work remains before bringing lawmakers back together to talk gas line.

“I won’t put the Legislature through a special session without something for them to take action on,” he said.

Walker says he’s waiting for progress on negotiations between the state and the natural gas producers — BP, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips — that will provide in part fiscal, marketing, expansionary and tax terms. Senator Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, says at this point the biggest obstacle for the LNG project is that contract.

“It hinges on the willingness of the producers to come to an agreement to build the pipeline and you hear different things and until I see a contract before me I’m not convinced we are closer,” Wielechowski said.

Walker says the good news for Alaska is it’s working with good companies but the problem is his administration inherited a process that proceeds only at the pace of the “slowest mover.” The biggest challenge of this project is time, he said.

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