Alaska News Nightly: November 5, 2007

Deliberations on new oil-tax shift into new gear in legislature; Mat Maid Milk flows towards last delivery and Alaska students push for action on global warming in Washington, DC. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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House and Senate get down to brass tacks on new oil taxes
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The House and Senate Finance Committees are opening deliberations on new taxes for the oil industry — and they could push he special legislative session to its thirty day constitutional limit — or beyond.

Legislature toys with Exxon-Valdez element in oil-tax rewrite

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
A new legal tool was introduced yesterday that, supporters say, would put pressure on Exxon to pay the two-point-five million dollars it owes Alaska residents from damages caused by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. For a few hours, it was in the
oil tax re-write before the House Resources committee. But faced with the risk that the special session might have to be
extended, members recanted their decision to put it in. However, it still could come back before the legislature finishes
its work on the bill

“Amiable Nancy” may play central role in Supreme Court ruling on Exxon-Valdez
Amy Bracken, KCHU – Valdez
In February, the Supreme Court will look at what happened in the waters of Prince William Sound more than 18 years ago. But for legal precedence, the justices have agreed to Exxon’s request that they look back almost 200 years.

Clock ticks down on Mat-Maid
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
The state’s Creamery Corporation Board has set a final pickup date for milk bound for Matanuska Maid processing and
scheduled a last delivery date for Matanuska Maid dairy products.

Students push for action on global warming
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC
Alaska students took part in several Washington, D-C events today aimed at urging action on climate change.

Governor Palin looks to create climate-change strategy
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
Members of Governor Palin’s cabinet meet tomorrow (TUESDAY) in Fairbanks as they begin to create a climate-change strategy for the state. Alaska trails other western states, and even some of its own cities, in taking action to reduce
climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. The Palin administration says there’s a good reason for that.

Translating the language of oil taxes
Anne Sutton, KTOO – Juneau
A little more than a year ago, Alaska lawmakers overhauled the state’s oil production tax. Now they’re back in the capital
to consider major revisions, requested by Governor Sarah Palin. As legislators discuss the Petroleum Profits Tax, or PPT,
they’re also talking about ACES and ELF and gross versus net, incentivizing and progressivity. Its the language of oil

State to explain approval process for mining in Alaska
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The State of Alaska is holding a series of meetings to explain the review and approval process for mining projects.
Department of Natural Resources Mining Coordinator Tom Crawford says the public forums are being held in response to
concerns about mining impacts, including the potential environmental effects of the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest