Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Two injured in rollover accident

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JUNEAU - A 31-year-old woman and her 13-month old son were treated for minor injuries after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Egan Drive near Yandukin Drive, police reported.

Shortly after 5 a.m., police responded to the scene and found a 1997 Subaru Legacy resting on its roof on the side of the road. Officers made contact with the driver and her passenger before Capital City Fire and Rescue took them to the hospital.

The investigation concluded that the car was outbound on Egan when it veered off the highway and into the median before flipping over. It then skidded across the inbound lane before coming to a rest by the side of the road.

Police reported that alcohol is considered to have been a factor, although the accident remains under investigation.

Consultants brief trustees on pipeline

ANCHORAGE - Alaska Permanent Fund trustees have received a briefing on the idea of investing in a natural gas pipeline to carry the North Slope natural gas south.

On Monday, a Virginia energy consulting firm briefed the trustees on the idea of the investing $420 million in a pipeline.

The price for the megaproject, which has no firm dates for construction, is estimated at $21 billion.

Investing would be a big departure for the fund, which so far has stayed clear of Alaska roads, ports and pipelines.

Permanent fund trustees stress that they are a long way from deciding whether to invest in a pipeline. However, if major oil companies decide to build it, the trustees and consultant Pace Global Energy Services want to figure out in advance whether an investment could be profitable.

"The project is in a very early stage. There's much we don't know yet," said Richard Straebel, a Pace account manager who helped brief the trustees.

Gov. Frank Murkowski has proposed that the state buy a 20 percent stake in a gas pipeline, an idea favored by the three oil companies that hold development rights to most of the North Slope's gas - Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips and BP.

Alaska contractor dies in Iraq accident

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - An Alaska man working for an Alabama-based military operation in Iraq died in an work-related accident, the Army said Tuesday.

Officials said the Army was investigating the death of Edward Cunahan, 41, of North Pole. He was killed in Iraq on Monday.

Cunahan worked as an ammunition handler for Tetra Tech Foster Wheeler, Inc., of Morris Plains, N.J. The company is handling and destroying munitions in Iraq under a contract with the Army Engineering and Support Center, based at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.

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