On February 27, 2009, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin transmitted two bills to the state Senate and the State House “rules committees as part of an action plan to start an in-state natural gas pipeline” (In-State Pipeline, 2009, Â¶1).
Governor Palin will reveal the details of the Action Plan on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. “It will include an evaluation of options for routes, gas resources, and potential industrial and residential users. A specific timetable will be established to begin work on right-of-way and permitting, as well as preliminary engineering and cost estimates. The plan will form the foundation of development of in-state gas transportation systems to deliver the resource to the people of Alaska” (In-State Pipeline, 2009, Â¶2).
Unlike the AGIA pipeline which will bring natural gas from the North Slope to Canada, thence to the 48 conterminous states, this pipeline is strictly for Alaska (In-State Pipeline, 2009, Â¶3). “[W]e know that we cannot wait for that project (the international pipeline) to come to fruition before addressing our own heating and power-generating needs,” Governor Palin said (In-State Pipeline, 2009, Â¶3).
The first bill broadens the responsibilities of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA). Under current law, ANGDA is restricted to examining and promoting a pipeline project intended to deliver North Slope natural gas to tidewater for export as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The requested revisions will allow ANGDA to examine and pursue all options to supply Alaskans with affordable, clean-burning natural gas.
The second bill proposes changes to the Right Of Way Leasing Act and the Pipeline Act. The bill addresses technical right-of-way issues for pipelines and clarifies oversight by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
As previously noted Governor Palin could have spoken at CPAC, and at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting and put a nice “feather in her cap.” Last weekend, Governor Palin did a humanitarian mission to Western Alaska. From the foregoing, we see that she is now working on legislation to build an intra-state pipeline for Alaska. Once again, her subject matter expertise on energy is on clear display.
Did the mainstream media cover this yet? Of course not. They’re too busy playing host paid Obama supporters who ply their trade trashing Governor Palin at every opportunity they get.
Even many so-called conservatives have little knowledge of the breadth and depth of knowledge that this truly amazing woman has.
Palin transmits two bills on in-state gas to the House and Senate Rules Committees. (2009, February 27). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved March 1, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1680