ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s in-state natural gas pipeline planning team will report to lawmakers Tuesday on what needs to be done to bring North Slope gas to markets in Fairbanks and Southcentral.
The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. was formed during the 2010 legislative session to explore the state’s options for building and financing a smaller gas pipeline to serve Alaskans. The company was given a few years to research the proposal and then report back to the Legislature.
House Speaker Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) led the effort, which combines officials and knowledge from multiple state departments and agencies.
A separate, much larger gas line, subsidized by the state under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, is already in the works under the direction of pipeline builder TransCanada.
Chenault and other Republicans in the Legislature have expressed frustration at what they’ve said is a lack of progress under the AGIA line.