Here are the recordings from:
KCHU Coffee Break,
An hour-long, call-in public affairs program covering a wide variety of
issues affecting Copper River Basin and Prince William Sound
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My guest was Dan Lawn founder and president of Alaska Forum for Environmental Responsibility, an organization designed to hold industry and government accountable to the laws designed to safeguard the environment and worker safety. We talked about the relationship between state and federal regulators and the oil industry and how the lack of oversight led to the problems at Prudhoe Bay that could be a wider industry problem.
Richard Fineberg, a researcher and freelance reporter dealing with economic and environmental issues relating to the development, joined Coffee Break to talk about the new production tax signed into law, called the PPT and about the partial shutdown in Prudhoe Bay. He referred to years of past litigation between the state and oil producers over the old tax system, and expects similar actions with the new. He questions the effectiveness of the PPT. He talked about the various reasons the problems at Prudhoe Bay were allowed to get as bad as they did, and the complacency of regulators. He ended talking about conservation and the benefits resulting from that versus expanding oil development.