Yukon premier steps up lobbying for Alaska Highway gas pipeline
Yukon Premier Patricia Duncan has stepped up her lobbying to get Canadian government backing for an Alaska Highway gas pipeline.
In a series of meetings with federal cabinet ministers over the past week, Duncan urged the government to deal with a pipeline decision "in an expeditious manner and as a matter of international trade."
She said North Slope gas is pipeline-ready, can be shipped economically and is "desperately" needed by U.S. markets.
Duncan, who has made a case for separate pipelines from the North Slope and Canada's Mackenzie Delta, said any attempt to build an "over-the-top" pipeline linking the North Slope and the Delta would result in higher costs and longer delays.
She said Canadian government opposition to President George W. Bush's support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should not block decision-making on the Alaska Highway project.
Meet Alaska attendance highest ever
Meet Alaska 2001 paid attendance reached 577, Alliance President Bill Stamps told attendees Jan. 26 at the end of the annual conference. One hundred more people attended the day-long meeting this year than in 2000.
Stamps attributed the increase in attendance to efforts of The Alliance staff and “optimism” about the future of the oil and gas industry in Alaska.