Sullivan: Significant progress made on gas line

Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan says Alaskans are warranted in their skepticism about the prospect of a major gas pipeline project coming to fruition.

But he says significant progress has been made over the last year, and that the state will seek to seize upon the substantial opportunity before it, noting that the window to do so is narrow.

There remained unanswered questions, a day after early plans for a massive liquefied natural gas project were made public. Exxon Mobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada Corp. said the project could cost from $45 billion to more than $65 billion.

The governor has said the Legislature could take up gas taxes next year if the companies met his benchmarks for progress. Sullivan said no specifics on that have been discussed yet.