Gas pipeline debate goes on to Ketchikan

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2008

KETCHIKAN - Alaska lawmakers are gearing up to head to Ketchikan for the final leg of their monthlong trek around the state for hearings on Gov. Sarah Palin's gas pipeline proposal.

Since beginning their special session on June 3, lawmakers have traveled to Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Kenai and Barrow. They'll be in Ketchikan on Tuesday.

Lawmakers have until Aug. 2 to either support or reject TransCanada Corp.'s bid for a state license.

In Ketchikan, TransCanada vice president Tony Palmer will discuss the company's proposal starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

The public can weigh in on the issue from 5 to 7 p.m. the same day at the civic center.

Legislators will return to Juneau on Wednesday for a second special session and are expected to take a vote on Palin's recommendation to award TransCanada a license to proceed with a gas line project.

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