Gov. Murkowski’s proposed gas line would take gas from the North Slope south to around Delta Junction make a left turn to Canada ending up in the Alberta Hub and on to Chicago. The pipeline is designed to deliver 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the Lower 48 at a construction cost of $21 billion to $25 billion.
Who will benefit from this project? Number one will be the oil companies, the state of Alaska (royalties), pipeline companies (both U.S. and Canadian) and cities along the pipeline, i.e., Fairbanks and the surrounding areas and, of course, large cities in the Lower 48.
When asked about the gas line, Tony Knowles said he would do what is best for Alaskans. What Alaskans is he talking about? Politicians, oil company CEOs? Sarah Palin said further study is needed. Wishy-washy.
The big losers are Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet basin. They will not be getting the much-needed gas to fuel homes and industries to fuel future jobs for our children.
If the majority of Alaskans are to benefit from the North Slope gas, the only logical answer is a spur gas pipeline from Delta Junction to Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.
I hope one of these candidates will invest in Alaska’s future and support the spur gas line.
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