Field work on a pipeline capable of moving half a billion cubic feet of gas daily is expected to start next week.
The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is looking for the safest places to lay down pipe, which is to stretch from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska.
AGDC Government Affairs Manager Frank Richards told legislators Thursday that workers are mapping the terrain with remote sensing technology, because the line would cross active seismic areas.
“So we will know if the Denali fault, for instance, is going to potentially move four meters during the next event,” Richards said., “Then we want to make sure we put in place mitigation for that pipeline so it can handle that type of movement.”
The geotechnical program is expected to continue through the summer, with efforts ramping up July 1. Once the advanced engineering work is done, the plan is to initiate an open season where producers would bid to ship gas down the line. That’s scheduled for next year.
- Several weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the “Akutan,” a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. Fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch for the second summer in a row. Many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet.
- The Juneau Assembly voted 6-3 to reaffirm its commitment to combating climate change. Opponents argued against interjecting into a national debate.
- The Utah man accused of killing his wife aboard a cruise ship in Southeast Alaska is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing 10 a.m. Wednesday.
- More than 50 pilots and flight attendants picketed Monday afternoon in front of Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. Their goal was to call on Alaska Airlines management to give them what they view as fairer wages and benefits.