Borough Mayor addresses lawmakers

The state Senate Resources committee yesterday heard public testimony on bills pushing  a natural gas pipeline project.


It related to senate bill 138, which focuses on Governor Sean Parnell's proposed pipeline deal with the North Slope producers and TransCanada Corporation.

The governor's bills were introduced January 24, requesting lawmakers to approve certain statute changes allowing the deal to go forward.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins testified by phone, saying local governments need to be kept in the loop on what impact the deals will have on them.

Hopkins said "We are concerned, Mayors are concerned for our residents. What we are asking in a letter to the governor, and I think you've seen a copy of it is an opportunity to be at the table actually be in the negotiations and be a part of the decision making and not just sitting on the side."