by Ted Land
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- The Alaska Gas pipeline project is taking a big step forward.
Gov. Sarah Palin officially awarded the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act license to TransCanada.
The Canadian pipeline company may now start building the pipeline, which will ultimately stretch more than 1,700 miles, from Prudhoe Bay to Alberta.
Pipeline construction will employ about 15,000 workers at its peak, according to the governor.
"Finally, after decades of dreaming and hoping and praying for a gas line in Alaska, literally decades of hoping for this, finally, today, as we sign into law the vehicle that we need in order to progress this project," said Gov. Sarah Palin.
Palin would like to see additional legislation in January that includes a worker training program to get Alaskans jobs with the project.
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