Audit ordered of natural gas authority

Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009

JUNEAU - A legislative committee has ordered an audit of the state-funded Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, said he requested the audit of the public corporation because energy is one of the biggest issues the state is facing.

The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee ordered the audit in an Anchorage meeting on Monday.

"One of the most important issues we're facing is energy and deliverability of that energy," Neuman said. "We're trying to make sure we're getting the most information we can."

The authority was created by voters through an initiative in 2002. It is charged with getting North Slope natural gas to market and to Alaskan communities, or looking at liquefied natural gas or other options. The corporation has an independent board of directors and is funded by the state.

The office of Gov. Sean Parnell and staff within other departments are all looking at gas development issues, as well as the independent Alaska Gasline Port Authority.

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