by Rhonda McBride
Friday, February 27, 2009
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin introduced the first of a new series of gas pipeline bills Friday, as lawmakers tackled their own energy resolutions.
Palin rolled out legislation on pipeline rights of way and other policies Friday, calling them a prelude to other more comprehensive legislation.
As for an in-state gas pipeline, there are worries that it may cost too much to be economical.
"If you explore in Cook Inlet for the same amount of money as it costs you to build the bullet line, you don't have to pay the tariff to ship the gas 800 miles," said Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage.
But Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, says it's good to consider all options put on the table.
"At this point in time I want to keep crowding all the options forward, without throwing them in the brush," Kelly said. "Options become confusing and frustrating to some folks, but not to me. I love them."