A legislative committee is planning to hold hearings this month on an in-state natural gas pipeline. The Senate Resources Committee is scheduled to meet Aug. 15-17 to discuss plans for the proposed in-state line. The tentative line-up includes the president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., which recently released a report outlining an in-state project. It also includes an official with TransCanada Corp., which is pursuing a major pipeline project that would carry gas from Alaska's North Slope to North America markets.
This is the first formal committee hearing on the in-state line and comes as the state weighs its options both for commercializing gas and meeting the energy demands of Alaskans. The Legislature's In-state Gas Caucus heard a presentation on the plan last month.