Speaker Chenault, Rep. Hawker File In-State Gas Pipeline Bill
House Bill 4 calls on AGDC to implement instate natural gas pipeline plan
Monday, January 14, 2013, Juneau, Alaska - Rep. Mike Hawker and House Speaker Mike Chenault prefiled critical legislation calling on the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) to implement its plan for an in-state natural gas pipeline. AGDC is a public corporation created by legislation passed in 2010 to develop a project plan for an in-state natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to tidewater.
House Bill 4 is the next step towards an instate natural gas pipeline serving Alaskans, including Fairbanks and Southcentral. The AGDC pipeline will provide a competitively priced, secure source of clean energy for decades; will encourage a robust private sector and economic development; and will benefit the entire state by commercializing Alaska’s rich North Slope natural gas resource.
By defining AGDC as an independent, stand-alone public corporation of the state, House Bill 4 empowers the entity to implement its instate gas pipeline project plan, while retaining the flexibility to participate in other gas projects that further Alaskans’ interests.
“We need to connect Alaskans with Alaskan gas on our timetable, not on industry’s timetable,” Hawker, R-Anchorage, said. “House Bill 4 equips AGDC to represent Alaskans in any natural gas pipeline scenario, now and in the future. Alaskans deserve a corporation working on their behalf to realize our dream of natural gas.”
“I was proud to have almost all the legislature support a bill in 2010 issuing a mission to AGDC,” Chenault, R-Nikiski, said. “AGDC’s top-notch team has developed a project plan that delivers on our key goals: gas to Alaskans at competitive rates and new economic opportunity. We’ve talked about a gas pipeline for years, and we can no longer afford to wait. It’s time to pass House Bill 4 authorizing AGDC to implement this solid plan for an Alaska natural gas pipeline.”
“Our hope is Alaskans will come together supporting this legislation establishing Alaska’s natural gas pipeline company, and advancing an instate project,” Hawker said.