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HOUSE OKs BILL STRENGTHENING AK GASLINE DEVELOPMENT CO.
Speaker’s HB189 allows team to enter into confidentiality agreements to further their mission of providing gas to Alaskans, modifies membership
Monday, March 28, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed legislation allowing the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to better carry out its mission of preparing an In-State Natural Gas Pipeline plan.
House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, sponsored the bill, HB 189, which adds an ability to enter into confidentiality agreements with other entities in order to obtain certain proprietary or unique information.
“We need to provide the tools and rights necessary for the corporation to be able to live up to their mission, and HB 189 does that,” Speaker Chenault said. “We created the corporation to report back to us on how best to bring gas to Alaskans. It’s only prudent to listen to them and make it easier for them to pursue their mission. We look forward to their report and doing the work necessary to follow our guiding principle of responsible resource development and also of providing access to affordable energy to Alaskans.”
The bill also proposes changing the membership of the team, in light of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority providing bids to competing large-diameter pipeline proposals, which raises a conflict of interest. The bill also allows for a chair’s designee of the Alaska Railroad Corporation.
The Legislature created the Joint In-State Gasline Development Team last year with passage of the Speaker’s HB 369, culminating with a development plan and report to the legislature this July.
HB 189 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.
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