You may have seen it in your local paper Sunday, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) has published a 12-page informational brochure about the state's gas project -- Alaska LNG. AGDC will provide the House Resources Committee with an update on the project Monday. 

The Corporation says the goal behind the brochure is to provide Alaskans with detailed information about where the project stands, after the company signed a joint development agreement with China last month, in the presence of both the U.S. and Chinese presidents. Sunday's brochure was printed in color, on large-format, glossy paper at a price of 80 cents each.

Rosetta Alcantra, a spokesperson for AGDC, said Monday that 51,000 copies were printed at a total cost of $46,650.23. She also said the quality was important when choosing the piece.

"I thought ours was a very modest piece, that was a very good, informational piece, has a lot of information, has a lot of good graphics that can really only be presented in a colored format," Alcantra said of the document, which was published in the Anchorage Daily News, Fairbanks Daily News Miner, Peninsula Clarion, Juneau Empire, and the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Additional copies were printed for the Alaska Resource Development Council. 

"What we're trying to do, is use this medium to share information about the project, where we are, there was a lot of excitement, certainly around the joint development agreement, and this is a good way to share information with Alaskans," Alcantra said. 

Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Co-Chair of the House Resources Committee, said he thinks the use of public funds is appropriate. 

"I don't have any real problem with the investment that's been made," Josephson said by phone Sunday. "I think that this information is relevant, I think that the people of the state, through their delegations in Juneau, are going to be asked to make decisions about moving forward on this joint development agreement, and I think that this is a major, worldwide economic project."

Additional members of the House Resources Committee could not be reached for comment Sunday. 

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