Rep. Miller Calls for Facts on Getting Cook Inlet Gas to Fairbanks

If gas is there, it could be the cheapest, fastest way to lower Fairbanks energy costs

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Bob Miller (D-Fairbanks) introduced legislation (HB 308) to study the potential for meeting Fairbanks and Interior energy needs by building a small-diameter natural gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to Fairbanks.

“If there’s as much gas there as some think, a small pipeline from Cook Inlet to Fairbanks could be the cheapest, fastest long-term solution for lowing energy costs in Fairbanks,” said Rep. Miller. “But we won’t know unless we do our homework first.”

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: In-State Gasline Report Released Plus New State Office Building Location Blog

This month, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation released their report on the proposed in-state gasline. While I am concerned for the residents of Anchorage and Fairbanks in their search for affordable energy, I don’t think this will bring them what they’re looking for, and could hurt our chances of getting the large gasline. In this newsletter, I’ll tell you why I’m so concerned.

I’ll also provide information about how to make comments on where the new state office building should be located.

Thank you for reading my newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Note from Rep. Gara: In-State Gas: Expensive and Not Yet Time to Pull Plug on Potentially Cheaper, Better Options

Do you want to be bound, by contract, to pay natural gas prices that are double what is paid in the Lower 48 – for the next 20 or 30 years? How’s that for attracting business to Alaska? How’s that for your pocketbook? The folks who held the press conference on Tuesday didn’t mention any of that, did they? Unfortunately, the gasline debate has devolved into competing sound bites. Those pushing the project want you to think the lights will go out tomorrow if you don’t do what they propose. It’s bad policy to scare people into ill-advised projects. Frankly, the sound bites on all sides are pretty trite – because this issue is too difficult to discuss in accurate sound bites.

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