Pipeline Promises Alaskas quest for a natural gas line

first_imgIn all, there have been at least ten different versions of the pipeline mega project. And not one has come close to breaking ground.This week, Alaska’s Energy Desk is examining some of the reasons why the state has struck out in its efforts to bring it’s substantial natural gas reserves to market.LISTEN NOWStory 1: On a tour of the state’s love affair with a gas lineThe 1970s were a crazy time in Alaska. The state was young and along with that adolescence came its first infatuation, oil.  Prudhoe Bay was discovered in 1968 and it changed everything. It was North America’s largest oil field.But Alaska wanted more, and even as the behemoth Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was being built, several companies were pursuing natural gas pipeline projects to bring North Slope gas to market.Bill White, a pipeline historian and former journalist, takes reporter Rashah McChesney on a tour of Anchorage that includes the important sites in the state’s long romance with a gas line. An LNG tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. When it opened in 1969, it was the only facility of its kind in the U.S. to get a license to export its gas to Japan. For more than forty years, the state has attempted to develop similar projects to bring natural gas from the North Slope to market, none of those projects have broken ground. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips)For more than forty years, the state has tried, and failed, to bring natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to market.last_img

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