JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell reiterated his call to lower oil production taxes Tuesday, citing low oil flow figures in the trans-Alaska pipeline.
While there's been a trend of declining North Slope oil production, the flow of oil is generally lower during summer months as oil companies and the pipeline's operator do maintenance.
Average flow so far this year has been 560,320 barrels per day.
A post on Parnell's Facebook page said production totaled 472,424 barrels per day in July 2011 and 430,457 barrels per day last month. It says the administration plan to reverse the trend is to "ease up on taxes when oil prices are in the higher ranges," and attract investors back.
A Parnell spokeswoman said the administration could use numbers from other months and they would show a year-over-year drop as well.