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Governor Parnell Reaffirms Commitment to Explore In-State Gas Options

August 4, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – In an effort to provide Alaskans with access to affordable energy, Governor Sean Parnell today directed his in-state gas team to explore the best possible options for producing and delivering in-state natural gas.

“We need to make gas available to Alaskans as soon as possible,” Governor Parnell said.  “While we continue to move forward with AGIA, we must also address the needs of Interior, Southcentral, and rural Alaska.  It is important that we consider the potential of all sources of gas, including Gubik, the NenanaBasin and Cook Inlet.”

In remarks at his July 26 inauguration, Governor Parnell assured Alaskans that his administration will explore options for affordable energy and ensure Alaska’s resources power Alaskans’ homes.

He directed his administration to consider and evaluate three specific options for in-state gas:

  • A stand-alone pipeline from the North Slope and the Brooks Range foothills to Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska

  • A spur line to Southcentral Alaska as part of a major pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48

  • A pipeline from either Cook Inlet or one of the Interior basins through the Railbelt

Additionally, opportunities to distribute gas to Western Alaska, and propane production and delivery will be considered.

Economic models created by the departments of Revenue and Natural Resources will be used along with agency personnel to perform the necessary analysis and identify the tariffs and fees associated with each option.

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