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Begich proposes gas project bill

By Associated Press 10:47 AM March 7, 2014

The bill calls for expedited permitting for gas to Japan and other countries for which exports would be deemed as promoting U.S. national security interests.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has proposed legislation aimed at helping advance a liquefied natural gas project being pursued by the state of Alaska.

The bill would amend a 2004 federal law that focused on an Alaska gas line project that would serve North America projects to include the project now under consideration.

It also would allow for the office of federal coordinator of Alaska gas line projects, created under the 2004 law, to work on such a project.

It would keep in place deadlines for completing environmental reviews and allow for grants to train and recruit workers in Alaska to work on a project.

The bill also calls for expedited permitting for gas to Japan and other countries for which exports would be deemed as promoting U.S. national security interests.

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