by Ted Land
Friday, March 26, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Gov. Sean Parnell is pleased to see a commitment from the state Senate to fund natural gas pipeline work Friday, as the Senate Finance Committee restored millions of dollars that were left out of the House version of the operating budget.
The money would fund the in-state gas development team, and it would help pay for work on a proposed large-diameter gas line. That work has to be done in order to fulfill the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act contract.
The House Finance Committee provided 30 percent of what Parnell requested in its version of the operating budget, with representatives leading the effort wanting to wait until there are more solid plans for a gas line before committing money.
Parnell told reporters Thursday he was concerned the operating budget did not contain enough money for gas line work, but the Senate Finance Committee added most of the money back into the budget Friday morning -- $15.9 million.