In-State Gas Line Bill Loses Steam

An in-state gas line might have moved a little further into the shadows Friday as a House bill setting up a pipeline from the North Slope to Southcentral lost most of its content in the Senate.

The Measure has been the top priority of House Speaker Mike Chenault for the past two years –and was on the list of bills the governor supports and has said would be on the call for a possible special session.

The Senate’s Community and Regional Affairs committee this morning introduced a new version that was described as an attempt to provide the minimum resources and authority for the project to advance.  However, Sponsor Chenault said the committee’s idea of requiring legislative approval for further action adds a political element to a construction project.

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