by Mike Ross
Monday, July 21, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The governor's gas line plans came under attack Monday at the state Capitol.
Some lawmakers say Alaska needs more protection but the governor says they are trying to derail the gas line at the last minute.
Gov. Sarah Palin, in her weekly gas line briefing, said last-minute changes in the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, AGIA, legislation being brought up now in Juneau would set a horrible precedent and could force the state to start the gas line bid process all over again.
"I remind Alaskans that an effort to derail this process continues, tirelessly," she said. "This administration believes that it would be incredibly dangerous to change the ground rules or the commissioner's license as proposed. Dangerous and unfair."
House Majority Leader Ralph Samuels and other lawmakers argue that Alaska needs more protection in the deal.
"With all due respect to the administration they've put a lot of work into this. We're a separate and equal branch of government," he said. "It is our duty. We do not work for the executive branch. Period."