Alaska Governor Touts Pipeline Project that Faces Hurdles

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker is touting the benefits a gas pipeline would bring to Alaska, though the project, which the state is pursuing with Chinese partners, is far from assured.

Walker says the project could provide affordable natural gas to communities, thousands of jobs and up to $2 billion a year in revenue for the state.

Walker’s office on Tuesday released the gas line agreement that Walker and the president of the state-sponsored Alaska Gasline Development Corp. signed with Chinese partners earlier this month.

The parties are to explore by May 31 whether it’s feasible for them to invest.

Larry Persily is a former federal coordinator for Alaska gas projects.

He sees talk about jobs and other benefits as premature, noting there are still many hurdles to clear.

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