One of those in attendance at the meeting was Anchorage Republican Mike Hawker. He says the event was a good beginning – not a policy meeting. He says the common message is that the state and the petroleum industry must be partners. He called the meeting a “mending of fences.”
“There was nothing profoundly announced, but it was the fact that we do have a relationship re-established with the State of Alaska at the highest levels talking to these captains of industry in an open, very transparent – and really re-establishing a trust between our major industry in this state and the highest levels of government.,” Hawker said.
Hawker says the meeting reflected a positive conversation about the export of North Slope gas to Pacific Rim markets.