Gov. Bill Walker has vetoed a bill constricting the authority of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation in developing a gas line separate from the Alaska Liquified Natural Gas line.

Walker had announced his plans to veto House Bill 132 if it reached his desk in a letter to lawmakers April 10, saying it “significantly reduces Alaska’s leverage in AKLNG negotiations with the producers. The bill also eliminates the possibility of the State proceeding with a backup project in a timely fashion should the producer parties decide it is not in their interest to proceed with a project from Alaska.”

Legislators claimed that the smaller Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) would displace the AKLNG project, a point Walker argued against.

“I will continue to take steps to clarify that I fully support the AKLNG project,” Walker wrote in a letter to HB 132’s sponsor, House Speaker Mike Chenault. “I will also continue to emphasize that the ASAP project is not a competing or parallel project, but a backup to ensure Alaska will not have to start over if the AKLNG project does not proceed.”

Chenault said earlier he believes there are enough votes to override the governor’s veto, a move that would require a two-thirds majority, or 40 votes.

Senate President Kevin Meyer says it’s possible the Legislature may not override the governor’s veto. He’s still hopeful that an agreement can be reached over the pipeline bill.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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