Rep. Young Reintroduces Pipeline Legislation
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young introduced legislation this morning amending the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act to improve the Alaska pipeline construction training program. Similar legislation was introduced by Congressman Young in the 111th Congress as H.R. 6395.
“The gas pipeline is a necessary piece to Alaska’s future,” said Rep. Young. “Trained, skilled workers are vital to its success and to efficiently bringing Alaska’s natural gas to market. When I was in Alaska last week, I met with (former Mayor) Jim Whitaker who expressed to me the need to reintroduce H.R. 6395 and start opening up the pathways to funding that have been inaccessible to them. Putting Alaskans to work in good, productive Alaskan jobs has always been a priority of mine, and the pipeline training center is an excellent way to do just that. Making these amendments to the original legislation will allow access to quality education for those looking to learn trades associated with resource development. “
The 2005 Military Construction Appropriations bill contained several sections devoted to the Alaska Gas Pipeline, with many requirements for its funding. This amendment strikes some of those requirements so that funding may be requested by the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center in order to start properly training a workforce to get Alaska natural gas to market.