The permission for the Alaska Development and Export Authority to get to work in regard to a planned North Slope natural gas trucking project is one step closer.
The Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee continued their meeting yesterday after hearing public comment Tuesday in support of SB 23, a bill that would kick start AIDEA into the financing and issuance of bonds for the project.
The bill was stalled several times as Senate committee members tried to amend the bill, replacing language that specified "Fairbanks" versus more generic verbiage like "Interior Alaska."
Senator Peter Micciche of District O pushed for an amendment that would allow other projects be considered, should an AIDEA backed project not pan out.
Sen. Micciche told Newscenter 11 "What my amendment does is it allows an evaluation, it continue, it delivers the same products to Interior Alaska, the build out of the system, the storage of LNG trucking or rail, and re–gas facility, ... if the economics of the LNG, liquefaction facility do not work out it allow them to evaluate other projects to deliver the same products to the same communities, but delivers a more responsible comparison if you will."