Palin Pipeline Terms Curbed BidsSounds mighty familiar. This here blog, September 12:
Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a [Canadian] company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.
A more significant aspect of the story is the second thoughts some Republican legislators in Alaska seem to be having for the process by which the State went about selecting the successful licensee, TransCanada Corp. of Calgary.Where's my damn Pulitzer.
As I mentioned earlier [September 8], and the New York Times article isn't clear about, TransCanada was the only bidder. That appears to be at least one Alaska legislator's concern:Lyda Green, a Republican and president of the State Senate, voted for Ms. Palin’s Alaska Gasline Inducement Act [AGIA] but said that in the interim, it has not "shown itself to be open and competitive, and it is a very expensive risk."In other words, the AGIA had the effect of excluding every potential bidder except for TransCanada.
"I regret the vote now," she said last week.