JUNEAU - A bill aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska cleared a key Senate committee Friday, with a provision that would allow for a portion of the state's royalty revenue from the project to go toward energy projects in areas without direct access to a North Slope gas line. Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, said that's a critical piece for him and the other amendment sponsors, Sens. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, and Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks.
In a recent letter to Gov. Sarah Palin, Borough Mayor John Williams urges consideration of a natural gas pipeline land route to tidewater at Cook Inlet to tie into expanded liquefied natural gas facilities.
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