Special session of Alaska State Legislature on natural gas issues

In the summer of 2008, the Alaska State Legislature approved a license to TransCanada for the construction of a natural gas pipeline running from the North Slope in Alaska to the Canadian province of Alberta. This license gives TransCanada access to $500 million in Alaska state funds for engineering and pre-construction work. Once completed, the pipeline would be capable of delivering more than 4 billion cubic feet of gas per day to U.S. markets–approximately 6 percent of total U.S. consumption. Barry Pulliam testified on two separate occasions relating to the legislature’s consideration of the TransCanada proposal and license. His testimony discussed the economics of the tariff structures proposed by TransCanada, and highlighted issues for consideration. He also testified regarding the viability of alternative projects designed to export Alaska gas via LNG to Asian markets. Econ One had been retained several years prior by the Alaska State Legislature to serve as its economic advisor on issues relating to the State’s attempts to commercialize North Slope gas resources. Barry Pulliam, Tony Finizza, and Jeff Leitzinger provided testimony before the legislature on these matters.