Today Marks 100th Anniversary of Cordova Coal Party

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

It’s the 100 year anniversary of a fight between Alaskans and the federal government over energy resources.  Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell says the story and message of the Cordova Coal Party ring true today.

Treadwell commemorated the Cordova Coal Party at an event in Juneau today.  The battle between the state and federal government over energy resource has since shifted to oil and gas, and Treadwell says the state has challenged the President and Congress to find ways to put a million barrels of oil per day into the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

Treadwell says there’s currently no plan for increasing Alaska oil output.  He says courts aren’t the state’s only avenue to force the issue, and that going over the head of government to the American people is another tactic to apply pressure to develop oil on Alaska’s federal lands.

Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage: Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell speaks with reporters in April 2011.

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