Update, 7 p.m.: See related story on adn.com main page.
Wesley Loy reported in from the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, where the Palin administration is amid the first of a three-day briefing of state legislators and others on its proposal to give a North Slope gas pipeline license to TransCanada Corp.
The Palin administration's message is blunt: Give TransCanada the license or keep wishing, hoping, praying that the big North Slope oil producers will someday actually construct a pipeline.
What would happen if legislators next month reject the license and $500 million state subsidy of TransCanada's project?
"They own us at that point," Tom Irwin, state natural resources commissioner, said of the oil companies.
"That's what you get when you say no."
Wesley estimated 200 to 400 people are at the pipeline briefing, which runs through Friday. More than 30 of the state's 60 legislators are present. Others include state officials, consultants, union representatives, legislative staffers and oil company executives, but not many ordinary folk.
The special legislative session on Palin's TransCanada deal starts Tuesday.