Alaska pipeline observationsRecent press coverage on the intermittent progress of the energy bill elicits a review of the Alaska Gas Pipeline. Industry reports show capital requirements of $9.8 billion for an overland northern route and $20.3 billion for the southern route. Is the longer southern route worth an extra $10 billion? As the principal designer behind the $3.5 billion Alliance Pipeline, successfully operating between Western Canada and Chicago for the past 3 years, I can offer a seasoned comment on the North/South routing issue.The northern route cost assumes a land route traversing fringes, not centers, of pristine wildlife parks. With due respect to "keep out" legislation, ac...

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