Alaska’s anticipated natural gas line is on track to begin construction by 2020. According to an article in The Cordova Times, written by Alaska Governor Bill Walker, there is no other project that comes as close to addressing the immediate and long-term needs of Alaska as quickly as the gas line.
The project is said to create 12,000 construction jobs, paying Alaskans working 12 hours per day, seven days a week, making as much as $30,000 a month. A project labor agreement will ensure these jobs go “first and foremost to Alaskans.”
Once the gas begins flowing, the article says communities along the pipeline will immediately see a drop in energy prices. Twenty percent of the state’s gas revenue will go to fund energy projects for communities without direct access to the gas, reducing the state’s cost of energy.
Walker writes of his meeting with President Trump regarding the project, saying that the president “knows it will significantly reduce [Alaska’s] trade deficit.” He goes on to write that the president “helped bring the project to the global market.”
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is in the final stage of issuing a preliminary environmental impact statement for building the gas line. Construction will begin in quarter one of 2019.
Source: The Cordova Times