House FInance Committee Invites Public to Voice Opinion of HB 9 - In-State Gasline Legislation
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – The House Finance Committee is calling for Alaskans from around the state to participate in public testimony for important legislation addressing the growing demand for affordable energy, House Bill 9 – the In-State Gasline Development Corporation Act authored by Rep. Mike Chenault, R- Nikiski.
Two opportunities for public testimony have been scheduled:
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 5 to 8:30 p.m.
To participate in the public testimony for this vital piece of legislation, Alaskans may offer their views either via teleconference (1-855-463-5009) or at a local Legislative Information Office. Participants in the public testimony must sign in by 7:30 p.m.
Rep. Chenault, the bill sponsor, said the legislation does not sanction construction of an instate gas pipeline, but allows the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to have the tools to build its capacity to be a strong, participating partner in an aligned gasline project. It would allow AGDC to refine a plan to the point of whether or not to advance to the construction stage.
The legislation is enabling gas development in the state of Alaska even if the project already on the table, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA, moves forward, or any other project that would deliver Alaska's gas to Alaskans.
House Finance Co-chair Bill Stoltze, R-Mat-Su/Chugiak, said input from Alaskans, through public testimony, is valued in assisting the committee and legislature on how to proceed with this bill.