Gov. Bill Walker’s administration has demanded detailed information on how North Slope companies plan to market the region’s natural gas. Companies have resisted, arguing the information either does not exist or would be illegal to hand over.
After months of mixed signals, Gov. Bill Walker’s administration and the state’s three current partners – ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips — told lawmakers this week that the state will take the lead on the megaproject as soon as this fall.
Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project, as currently envisioned, is not competitive and likely cannot succeed in the current market. That’s the conclusion of a new report from outside consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. But major changes could make the project more viable.