ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 188
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
January 26, 2001
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the
authority of art. III, secs. 1 and 24 of the Alaska Constitution,
establish the Governor's Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council
1. Alaska North Slope gas development and transportation to
market is of vital public interest. It is in the best interest
of the people of Alaska that a North Slope natural gas commercialization
project advance, to the maximum extent allowed by law, Alaska
hire and use of Alaska businesses; Alaskan access to gas; and
a fair share of revenues for Alaskans. This project should improve
the standard of living for Alaskans by providing feedstock for
new industries, community access to gas, and gas for future commercialization
projects that may become feasible as market conditions improve.
It is essential that Alaskans have a voice in determining how
the state will achieve these goals.
2. As Governor, I join the many Alaskans in believing that
the only viable and environmentally responsible project is a
natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, and then
along the Alaska Highway through the Yukon Territory and Alberta
to connect with distribution systems in America. This route was
approved by Congress in 1977 and is the subject of an international
treaty with Canada.
3. The purpose of the council is to engage Alaskans representing
a broad spectrum of Alaska interests, experience, and geography
to advise the Governor and the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Cabinet
in determining how the state can best promote the Alaska Highway
North Slope natural gas pipeline project and maximize benefits
1. The council shall hold statewide meetings to obtain the
public's views on how the state can best promote a gas commercialization
project and maximize benefits for Alaskans. During the meetings,
the council shall present a summary of project options and general
topics for discussion.
2. Before the statewide meetings, the council shall meet to
plan its work schedule and prepare the presentation for the meetings.
3. No later than November 30, 2001, the council shall present
a summary of public comments, consensus recommendations, and
other information gathered to the Governor, the Alaska Highway
Gas Pipeline Cabinet, and the public.
4. The council shall deliberate and make recommendations on
topics related to natural gas commercialization, including
a. the benefits of natural gas development to Alaska communities,
including those located in rural areas of Alaska;
b. the best uses of the state's royalty share of the gas and
promotion or attraction of investment for in-state and value-added
c. the costs and benefits of the state taking delivery of
its royalty share of the gas in Alaska versus allowing a project
developer to include the gas in its delivery flow to the Lower
d. options for projects utilizing gas-to-liquids, liquified
natural gas, and natural gas liquids;
e. demand for in-state natural gas consumption and its effects
on a gas project;
f. environmental impacts and necessary protection measures;
g. training and readiness of Alaskans for jobs on a gas project,
use of the Alaska labor pool by contractors and subcontractors,
and use of Alaska businesses; and
h. state promotion and facilitation of project financing,
including potential ownership by the state of some or all of
MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL PROVISIONS
The council shall be comprised of Alaskans representing a
diversity of interests, experience, and geography and appointed
by the Governor to serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Members
of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Cabinet shall serve as non-voting,
ex-officio members of the council.
The Office of the Governor and other state agencies shall
provide professional and administrative staff assistance to support
the activities of the council. The Department of Law shall provide
legal assistance to the council.
To reduce costs, the council shall use teleconferencing or
other electronic means to the extent practicable in order to
gain the widest public participation at minimum cost.
The council shall establish procedures for voting and meetings.
Council members who are not state employees serve without compensation
and are entitled to per diem and travel expenses in the same
manner permitted for members of other state boards and commissions.
Per diem and travel expenses for members of the council who are
appointed as a member of a state agency are the responsibility
of that state agency. The Governor shall designate two members
of the council as co-chairs. Meetings of the council shall be
conducted and notices of such meetings provided in accordance
with AS 44.62.310 (Open Meetings Law).
AMENDMENTS AND REVOCATIONS
This Order amends Administrative Order No. 187 to change the
name of the Gas Pipelines Cabinet to the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline
This Order revokes Administrative Order 152.
This Order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 24th day of January, 2001.