JUNEAU, Alaska — A chorus of prominent Alaskans is urging the state legislature to make in-state gas a reality, and now Gov. Sean Parnell is onboard.
The supporters include former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
He testified in a committee hearing Thursday evening at the state capitol.
At the meeting, lawmakers heard a bill sponsored by Sen. Lesil McGuire, which proposes the state put the railroad in charge of building an in-state gas line.
McGuire says the state corporation has the resources and right of way to get the job done.
She pulled an all-star lineup out of her contact list to convince colleagues of her plan.
On the agenda are former governors Bill Sheffield and Frank Murkowski, former state senator and now railroad chairman John Binkley, candidate for governor Bill Walker and Stevens, speaking via teleconference from Washington, D.C.
Stevens says declining oil production has brought Alaska to a crisis point.