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House passes LNG trucking bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state House has passed legislation meant to help bring gas to parts of Interior Alaska.

SB23 would authorize the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to provide up to $275 million in financing for the development, construction and maintenance of a liquefied natural gas, or LNG, plant and distribution system. Gov. Sean Parnell has said these facilities will make it possible to truck LNG from the North Slope to Interior.

He said in a statement that he's pleased lawmakers worked quickly to provide what he calls "the necessary framework to reduce energy costs for Alaskans."

The bill is one of the last major pieces in play as the Legislature nears its scheduled adjournment Sunday.

The Senate will have to decide whether to agree to changes made in the House.