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Palin emails - Dec. 2006 to March 2007

Palin emails - Dec. 2006 to March 2007

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Jun 13, 2011
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Monday, December 04, 2006 5:20 PM
Governor Sarah Palin (GOV sponsored); Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell; Tibbies; Michael A (GOV)
Bullets for the Governor for Tuesday's meetings with the companies
Governor Palin, Lt. Governor Parnell, Mike,I thought it might be useful to provide some brief background information on the companies weare meeting this week. I am attaching bullets for Tuesday's meetings and I'll send out theWednesday bullets tomorrow around noon. The bullets are segregated by company and includea couple of questions the Governor may like to ask them. These questions are not highlycharged, but the answers may prove helpful.Marty
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Bullets for press discussion on meetings w/organization on gas pipelinePage 1 of 1
From: Marty Rutherford [marty_rutherford@dnr.state.ak.us] Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 7:06 PMTo: Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell; Governor Sarah Palin (GOV sponsored)Cc: Tibbies; Michael A (GOV)
[Fwd: Bullets for press discussion on meetings w/organization on gas pipeline]
Original Message
:Bullets for press discussion on meetings w/organization on gas pipelineDaterTue, 05 Dec 2006 19:05:05 -0900
:Marty Rutherford <martyrutherford@dnr.state.ak.us> 
:spalin@mtaonline.netGovernor Palin,Here are some bullets that might be useful in your discussion with the press following your firstday of meetings with the corporations & organizations with an interest in the gas pipeline
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Pat Galvin, Kurtis Gibson and I collaborated on these comments. I hope these are useful.Marty
Wednesday, December 06, 2006 5:47 PM
Governor Sarah Palin (GOV sponsored); Tibbies; Michael A (GOV);spalin@mtaonline.net 
Nizich; Michael A (GOV)
Update on Rock Creek Mine in Nome
Governor, Mike,FYI. DNR just learned that earlier today the federal Corp of Engineers"pulled" their recently issued (late Summer 20 06) 4 04 Wetlands FillPermit from the Rock Creek Mine. Rock Creek Mine is located near Nome(with two pit locations) and is a midsize open pit gold mine. It issimilar in size to the True North and Illinois Creek gold mines. RockCreek is owned by Alaska Gold which is now a subsidiary company ofNovaGold, which is a Canadian mining company. NovaGold purchased AlaskaGold within the past few years. Alaska Gold is an old-time Nome goldcompany and is the largest private landowner in the area. The state andthe feds just completed the permitting process on this mine. Theproject will eventually employ over 100 people and last forapproximately 5 years. At this juncture the project was just beginningto be constructed and I am unaware of the size of the current workforce.I am advised that a recently organized environmental group sued thefederal Corp of Engineers on the 404 permit because a full EIS(Environmental Impact Statement) was not completed. Instead they did anEA (Environmental Assessment), which is typically done for a project ofthis size. The full EIS process adds years and millions of dollars ofcost to a project, and in this instance would probably have killed theeconomics of the mine. The environmental organization was asking thecourts for an injunction but the courts never ruled on the question asthe Corp took an administrative action to pull the permit. Thus theproject is now stalled.I wanted you to have some baseline information on this Corp of Engineersaction in case you are asked. It is also possible you will be asked if
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