Lawmaker questions pipeline potential

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2010

JUNEAU - Questions are being raised about the viability of a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska.

House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen says he left last week's Energy Council meeting surprised to learn about the potential impact that shale gas development in the Lower 48 could have on a major line here.

These aren't new concerns; Gov. Sean Parnell took aim at the gas line "pessimists" in his State of the State Address in January.

Two projects are competing for a major line. One estimates it will cost from $20 billion to $41 billion to build, depending on the route. The other hasn't released figures.

Johansen said the state should keep pushing for a major line but officials must weigh all factors in gas development and delivery options.



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