March 23, 2015 JUNEAU, ALASKA — Representative Jim Colver (R-Palmer) today offered two amendments on the floor of the House of Representatives that would require the state to look at rerouting the proposed in-state ASAP line and the Alaska LNG gasline down the Richardson Highway.
“Routing the gasline down the Richardson Highway will bring jobs and energy relief to Fairbanks, Interior Alaska and residents of the Copper Valley struggling with the high cost of heating oil and electricity. It would be a huge boost to the local economy.”
HB 132 relates to the duties of the AGDC, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. AGDC has the critical responsibility of ensuring that Alaska’s vast North Slope natural gas resources are available for the maximum benefit and use of Alaskans. The Corporation is advancing two alternatives – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the Alaska LNG project.
“House Bill 132 is the appropriate vehicle to consider an alternative route. My constituents in the Copper River Valley and Prince William Sound regions are being neglected by the current gasline plans. I will continue to represent the interests of those Alaskans I represent in the House.”
If a gasline were rerouted down the Richardson Highway, a branch line could tee off at Glennallen following the Glenn Hwy to Palmer to serve southcentral Alaska along a ROW already secured in 2005 by the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.
Contact: Rep. Jim Colver 907-465-4859