AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Concurrent Resolution 2

In-State Gas Pipeline

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Rep. Jay Ramras R-10
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Rep. Jay Ramras (R-10)
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Urging the Governor to commit to providing energy security for all Alaskans by supporting the in-state gas pipeline project and assisting the project in its efforts to secure needed permits, rights-of-way, engineering specifications, and other approvals necessary or desirable, to bundle the approvals for sale on the market to interested private sector pipeline companies, and in all other ways to act in due haste to move the in-state natural gas pipeline to a construction phase; urging the Governor to support the persons working on the in-state gas pipeline project in discussions with and obtaining of letters of intent from potential industrial users of natural gas, including the Agrium U.S., Inc., facility, the ConocoPhillips/Marathon facility, mining companies, and other businesses interested in value-added processing of Brooks Range foothills that exceeds the needs and demands of Alaskans for affordable natural gas; urging the Governor to continue negotiations with one or more entities capable of producing and supplying natural gas from the North Slope or Brooks Range foothills to Southcentral and Interior Alaska on commercially reasonable terms and in sufficient quantities to support the energy needs of Alaskans and the economic viability of a pipeline; urging the Governor to expedite the permits necessary or desirable to construct and operate a gas-to-liquids facility at Point Mackenzie if a feasibility document shows that it is economically viable; and urging the Governor to take the actions requested in this resolution, as necessary and appropriate, immediately and with all reasonable speed and effort.

Posted: March 10, 2010 : v26-LS0264\N
Bill Version: SCS CSHCR 2(FIN)
Status: Legis Resolve 41 : 2010-08-03

The intent of House Concurrent Resolution No. 2 is to provide energy security for Alaskans. This resolution urges the Governor to take action that will facilitate development of a small diameter natural gas pipeline, commonly referred to as the "bullet line." With completion of a large diameter gas line not expected until 2020 at the earliest, the bullet line, a smaller project that will be easier and quicker to complete, can bridge the gap in natural gas delivery and provide much needed natural gas long-term to communities along its route between the North Slope and Cook Inlet. Because the gas will be extracted and delivered within the state, and for export, the cost of this resource to the ratepayers could be considerably less than the cost of other sources of fuel consumed by Alaska's residents today. Thus, the bullet line will provide certainty of supply and predictability of price for Alaskans along the bullet line route.

HCR 2 was introduced early in 2009. Since its introduction, the administration commenced many of the actions encouraged in HCR 2. HCR 2 was updated to reflect these positive changes. HCR 2 recognizes that the Governor and key agencies in the executive branch are in a unique position to facilitate development of the bullet line by a private entity. The revised HCR 2 that moved out of Senate Finance in March, 2010, urges the Governor to continue using those resources to accomplish several goals:

First, HCR 2 urges the Governor to facilitate the in-state gas pipeline project by securing permits, rights of way, engineering specifications and other approvals and bundling them for sale to interested private sector pipeline companies.

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2010-03-30 : 00:38 : [AUDIO] Rep. Ramras Comments on HCR 2 passing out of the Senate Finance Committee
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