Fellow Interior residents, let’s rally. A Kenai lawmaker, Representative Kurt Olson, says that we (Interior residents) aren’t backing the Interior gas trucking plan. He’s asked for public comment from the community, but we need to move quickly. House Bill 74, which provides state backing for the trucking project, will be heard by the House Labor and Commerce Committee today at 3:15 p.m.
When you have a moment (the sooner the better), please write a short message of support for an Interior LNG trucking project and send it to Representative.Kurt.Olson@akleg.gov.
Here are some key points you may want to include in your message:
- As a heavy consumer of oil, GVEA is in support of bringing lower cost fuel (such as LNG) to the Interior. The cooperative could burn LNG in its North Pole Expansion Power Plant, potentially saving Interior electric ratepayers millions of dollars annually.
- Lower cost LNG is needed to help reduce the Interior’s high space heating costs.
- Clean-burning LNG will help lower pollution levels in the Interior (PM 2.5).
- An Interior LNG trucking project could provide less expensive propane for villages up and down the Yukon River (propane is a by-product of natural gas processing).