Murkowski Suggests Gas Line to Fairbanks

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is suggesting the state look at investing in a natural gas pipeline to Fairbanks as a way to jumpstart seemingly stalled efforts to commercialize North Slope gas, according to her spokesman on Friday.

Thursday, Gov. Sean Parnell said that a proposed line to provide gas to the Lower 48 appears stalled, and if the market truly has changed, he wants the major North Slope players to get behind a proposed line to tidewater that would allow for liquefied natural gas exports.

The Senate energy committee, on which Murkowski serves, had planned a hearing next month on gas markets, including those for liquefied natural gas exports.

Murkowski said commercializing Alaska’s gas will be a part of the discussion.

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