A gas line directly from the North Slope to SouthCentral Alaska got extra force on Friday as sponsors of two competing development paths began to work together. A bill sponsored by House Speaker Kenai Republican Mike Chenault would set up a semi-independent development team headed by the Executive Director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation – Dan Fauske – with the mandate of having a plan completely planned and ready for a legislative go-ahead decision in the summer of 2011. Senate Resources Co-Chair Lesil McGuire had proposed giving more responsibility to the Alaska Railroad.
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
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