Governor Signs Bill Approving
August 28, 2008
Wednesday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed House Bill 3001,
authorizing the state to award an AGIA license allowing TransCanada
Alaska to start developing a 1,715-mile natural gas pipeline
from a treatment plant at Prudhoe Bay to the Alberta Hub in Canada.
The Governor signed the bill at the Alaska AFL-CIO's biennial
"After dreaming of a natural gas pipeline for more than
30 years, Alaskans have now created the framework for the project
to advance," Governor Palin said. "This legislation
brings us closer than we've ever been to building a gas pipeline
and finally accessing our gas that has been languishing for so
many decades on the North Slope."
TransCanada Corporation has successfully constructed many natural
gas pipelines and now operates more than 36,000 miles of natural
gas pipelines in North America.
"TransCanada appreciates the support the Governor, the Legislature
and Alaska have shown for the Alaska gas pipeline, and our role
as the AGIA Licensee," TransCanada Vice President Tony Palmer
said. "Our company has started field work on the project
in order to meet our target date for completing the initial open
season within two years."
TransCanada Alaska has already authorized specific aerial photography,
engineering work and environmental gap analysis in support of
the open season project. The AGIA license will be issued in 90
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