Committee Takes Up Gas Line Board Appointments

New appointees to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. expressed support for a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing with oil and gas companies.

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The House Resources Committee held confirmation hearings for Rick Halford, Joe Paskvan and Hugh Short.

Paskvan said “job No. 1” is the major project, known as Alaska LNG. If that falters, he said he believes Alaskans deserve the best shot at an economically viable alternative, if one exists.

Gov. Bill Walker proposed increasing the size of a smaller stand-alone gas line project and turning into a project capable of exports in case Alaska LNG faltered. Some lawmakers worry this could create uncertainty around Alaska LNG.

The House plans to vote on legislation Monday to limit AGDC’s role in an alternate project.

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