Native Corporation Considers Lawsuit Against City

An Alaska Native corporation is considering filing a lawsuit against the city of Anchorage over a dispute about revenues from the sale of methane gas.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- An Alaska Native corporation is considering filing a lawsuit against the city of Anchorage over a dispute about revenues from the sale of methane gas.


Eklutna Inc. CEO Curtis McQueen says his corporation is entitled to half the revenue from a new city system that collects methane from the Anchorage regional landfill.


McQueen reports that under a long-standing settlement, the city is supposed to split any revenues from public interest lands with Eklutna.


An Eklutna attorney outlined the corporation's legal case before the Anchorage Assembly earlier this month.


City Attorney Dennis Wheeler says a settlement with the Native corporation could be possible.


But another city official, Mark Madden, says the land-use agreement applies only to revenues related to the land itself, not from improvements.