Shots fired at AGDC by Mat Su Borough; GAO: US icebreaker plans inadequate

Borough calls AGDC’s evaluation of Port MacKenizie woefully inadequate
Tim Bradner, The Frontiersman, September 16, 2018

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has fired back at a state-owned natural gas corporation over its evaluation of the borough’s Port MacKenzie port for a large liquefied natural gas plant for the proposed $43 billion-plus Alaska LNG Project. The borough called the evaluation woefully inadequate. Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC, had selected Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula, as its preferred site for the large LNG plant and terminus of an 800-mile 42-inch gas pipeline built from the North Slope. AGDC initially considered the wrong location in the Mat-Su for its alternative plant site analysis, confusing Point MacKenzie, a geographic feature, with the borough’s existing Port MacKenzie.

Just as China launches a second icebreaker, a fresh report details problems with US plans
Dermot Cole, Arctic Today, September 17, 2018

News from Shanghai about the completion of a new Chinese icebreaker arrived at about the same time as a report questioning the process under which the U.S. plans to build its first heavy icebreaker in more than 40 years. The Chinese ship is expected to enter service next summer, at about the time the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard hope to award a design and construction contract for the first of three U.S. icebreakers. But the General Accounting Office, the top federal watchdog agency, alleges that the work so far on design, technology, cost and scheduling has been inadequate, creating risks that the project will cost more and take longer than expected.

Per Alaska State law, the Office of the Lt. Governor has begun to hold required public hearings around the state on Ballot Measure 1, the Fish Habitat Initiative. Public comments are accepted.

Hearing Schedule:

ANCHORAGE
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Legislative Information Office Auditorium – 1500 W. Benson Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99501

SITKA
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Harrigan Centennial Hall – 330 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835

FAIRBANKS
Monday, September 24, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Legislative Information Office – 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308, Fairbanks, AK 99701

BETHEL
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center – 420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, Bethel, AK 99559

DILLINGHAM
Saturday, September 29, 2018 -2:00PM-4:00PM
Bristol Bay Campus – 527 Seward Street, Dillingham, AK 99576