JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska House has passed legislation that would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker.
HB 132 passed 24-14. It would next go to the Senate.
Walker has said he would veto the bill. His spokeswoman said his views haven’t changed.
Supporters of the bill say Walker’s plan could create uncertainty over the major liquefied natural gas project the state has been pursuing, known as Alaska LNG. Critics say the bill ties the state’s hands.
The bill, from House Speaker Mike Chenault, would limit participation by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. in an alternate export or liquefied natural gas project until the state or another party withdraws from Alaska LNG; Alaska LNG enters its next phase; or July 1, 2017.