Funding for pipeline coordinator not in budget

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama has proposed cutting the funding for the federal coordinator's office for Alaska gas line projects.

Federal coordinator Larry Persily said Tuesday that it's not just a matter of money but also of the office's authority. The office was created as part of a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline project that would serve North American markets. The project has shifted focus in recent years, and the state Legislature is currently weighing whether the state should pursue an equity stake in a liquefied natural gas project that would be capable of overseas exports.

Persily said his office provides a service in educating the public and policymakers on how liquefied natural gas projects work. He said he doesn't lobby or advocate, just provides information.

He recently testified before the Legislature's Senate Finance Committee, which is considering a bill aimed at advancing the Alaska project into a stage of preliminary engineering and design, and on Tuesday he was one of the scheduled speakers on the gas line effort at a meeting of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

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