Massachusetts Congressman Aims to Ban Export of Natural Gas
Alaska senator says legislation would lock up state’s natural resources
A Massachusetts congressman is trying to ban export sales of natural gas – a move that Alaska Senator Mark Begich believes is specifically aimed at locking up the state's natural resources.
Ed Markey announced legislation requiring that gas could be sold only to U.S. consumers and that liquefied natural gas facilities could be permitted only on that basis.
“Now what he sees is, we're about to develop the Arctic, the National Petroleum Reserve, Chukchi, Beaufort Sea, and that's probably very frustrating to him that he can't stop what's going to happen,” said Senator Begich. “And he's trying to find some way to spike it and put something in to stop the process of Alaska developing its resources.”
Markey also has been a critic of the so-called 8(a) program in the Small Business Administration under which Alaska Native corporations have a favored status.
Markey could not be reached for comment in Washington, D.C.