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Senator Wielechowski Pleased with Progress on Gas Pipeline


Trans Canada’s FERC Filing an Important Step Toward Project

(Juneau, January 29, 2010) – Today Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) expressed his enthusiasm at the news that the Alaska Pipeline Project has filed its plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to gain approval to conduct an open season to develop Alaska’s natural gas resources.

“This is a historic day for Alaska,” said Senator Wielechowski, the co-chair of the Senate Resources Committee.  “Today we are closer than we ever have been to the construction of a gas pipeline.”

The Alaska Pipeline Project is a joint effort between the TransCanada corporation and ExxonMobil to develop a natural gas pipeline under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA).  The open season plan provides detailed information about the proposed project, including estimated project costs, engineering design, tariffs and timelines. This information is accessible on the Alaska Pipeline Project website, http://www.thealaskapipelineproject.com, and at the FERC website, http://wwwferc.gov/. Members of the public can submit comments regarding this proposed plan through March 1, 2010, with FERC.

The formal open season for the Alaska Pipeline Project will take place from April 30 through July 31, 2010.
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