Interior Gas Update


Testimony continued yesterday in Juneau regarding North Slope natural gas legislation that could bring energy relief to the Interior.
The senate finance committee concluded its work on SB23, the Senate version of a bill that would empower the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to begin financing and bonding work for a large scale trucking project.


Interior lawmakers have had a difficult time convincing their coastal colleagues to support a project that benefits only a regional portion of Alaskan residents.


Before the Finance committee referred SB 23 to the Senate Rules Committee, Senator Donny Olson of Nome asked energy officials to explain the disparity.


Sara Fisher-Goad Exec. Dir., Alaska Energy Authority responded  "This legislation provides impact to many people in a positive manner, but again, it doesn't address everyone, however, through other programs, we do have opportunities to positively address folks' energy costs in the state."