House speaker: Pressure needed on in-state gas pipeline

Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers need to put pressure on Gov. Sean Parnell to advance an in-state natural gas pipeline. That's according to House Speaker Mike Chenault, who has proposed creating a new team within the governor's office to jump-start the line - and move toward construction beginning in July 2011.

The Nikiski Republican said energy and an in-state line are top priorities for most Alaskans.

Parnell last week said in-state gas is a priority of his, too, and that his gas team is on track.

Parnell said it's premature to talk construction next year, given no sure supply of gas has been secured.

He said legislators were being a "little schizophrenic" in providing money and timetables for planning one year and seeking to change course the next.

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