Alaskan Senator wants to mandate 'southern' route for arctic gas line

Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.) said he wants federal legislation directing Alaskan North Slope producers and pipeline companies to build an arctic gas line that parallels the oil pipeline to Fairbanks and then the Alaska Highway to British Columbia."I continue to work with producers on amendment or substitute," Murkowski said when asked if he planned to introduce a bill that mandates the "southern" pipeline route through Alaska.Murkowski's comments followed a 21/2-hr closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill with stakeholders to review regulatory and economic obstacles that could delay or postpone a pipeline. Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles was invited to the discussions but did not attend. Other ...

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