AGDC declines to meet with Walker, partners on gasline issue

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has turned down an offer to meet with former Gov. Bill Walker and his business partners.

    The president of AGDC, Frank T. Richards, sent a letter on Nov. 11 to Walker, Keith Meyer, A.J. Merrick II and Bernie Karl, partners in Alaska Gasline & LNG, LLC, essentially turning down an offer to meet and discuss privatization of the corporation.

    "AGDC is already collaborating with parties with whom we have an existing relationship to potentially achieve this goal," Richards wrote. "These parties have provided significant funds and in-kind contributions during the recent economic reevaluation, which successfully reduced the estimated cost of the Alaska LNG Project to a more competitive level. Collectively, we are working toward identification of a new lead party that can advance the project to Front End Engineering and Design, the next appropriate stage gate."

    And Richards minced no words in turning down a request from Alaska Gasline & LNG to meet.

    "We respectfully decline your request to meet until such time that we are ready to share a formal solicitation of interest," Richards wrote.

    Walker has spent decades promoting the venture, which he said can deliver jobs, money, and cheap energy to the state.

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