Big-line plans could affect in-state gas line bills

Becky BohrerAssociated Press

JUNEAU -- A co-chair of the Senate Resources Committee says he thinks lawmakers weighing in-state natural gas pipeline proposals need to see what happens with a major gas line effort.

Sen. Tom Wagoner says talk of in-state gas projects is premature until there's a better sense for whether the big line is moving forward.

Gov. Sean Parnell has said he expects the North Slope's major players to align under an Alaska Gasline Inducement Act framework during the first quarter, which ends Saturday. This is to include work on a large-diameter liquefied natural gas line to tidewater.

Wagoner says if there's a positive announcement on the big line, that would affect the in-state proposals.

He says if a big line can be built, it will be better for Alaska in the long run.

Associated Press