by Ted Land
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Lawmakers in Juneau passed two significant energy bills Wednesday.
The state House of Representatives approved a timeline to build an in-state natural gas pipeline and a gas storage facility surrounding Cook Inlet.
Legislators did a lot of committee work on both bills and when it came time for a floor vote Wednesday morning there was minimal debate and full support from all 40 representatives.
The first bill was House Speaker Mike Chenault's plan to build an in-state natural gas pipeline.
"We have at least two entities out there that are studying in-state gas and we're funding both of those," the Republican from Nikiski said.
Chenault seeks to unify the state's approach to a line by combining all the big players into a single project.
He also sets a deadline of next summer to begin construction, with the goal of moving gas by the year 2015.