Governors approve resolution supporting highway gas line

ANCHORAGE -- The nation’s governors approved a resolution Feb. 27 calling for construction of a pipeline linking North Slope natural gas fields to the Lower 48 following an Alaska Highway route into Canada.

"The vote was unanimous," said Claire Richardson, a spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Knowles, who pushed the proposal.

"Development of North America’s natural gas reserves in Alaska is important to the continued health and growth of the U.S. economy," according to the resolution passed by the National Governors Association.

"The largest single untapped supply of natural gas available to North America is in Alaska."

The resolution recommends that the pipeline follow the Alaska Highway.

North Slope oil producers, who are investing $75 million in a pipeline study, also are considering an alternative undersea pipeline west through the Beaufort Sea to the Mackenzie River in Canada, where Alaska and Canada gas could be brought south to the Lower 48.

03/03/2001 - 8:00pm