This statement arrived at noon from the Knowles campaign:
"With outgoing Gov. Frank Murkowski threatening to take unilateral action on a gasline contract in the waning days of his administration, Tony Knowles today called on North Slope producers to refuse to sign any contract presented to them.
"Knowles asked fellow gubernatorial candidates Sarah Palin and Andrew Halcro to join him so the matter is properly left to the next administration and legislature to decide."
"'Any contract signed just before midnight will always have the smell of a bad deal that wasn’t in the best interests of the Alaska public,' Knowles said."