ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska's federal pipeline coordinator, Larry Persily, gave an update Tuesday on the status of TransCanada's open season, which will conclude July 30.
There has been a lot of controversy in the governor's race about how much information should be made public and how soon.
One of the candidates in the Republican primary, Bill Walker, has made the argument that since TransCanada and its partner ExxonMobil are receiving public money, the results of the bidding should be revealed immediately so voters know before they head to the polls.
Persily says there's no federal requirement to reveal which companies have made offers to ship gas in the TransCanada pipeline or the terms of their deals. He adds that confidentiality is a necessary part of the process.
"The morning after the open season closed, the world may change, but it's not going to change because the open season closed. People just need to wait a little bit longer and see what comes out of it," Persily said.