Official: Competing Apps Could Slow Project

A state official says competing applications to provide natural gas distribution in North Pole could slow a liquefied natural gas trucking plan

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS - A state official says competing applications to provide natural gas distribution in North Pole could slow a liquefied natural gas trucking plan.
   
Gene Therriault is deputy director of the Alaska Energy Authority. He told the Fairbanks City Council last week that he'd like to see resolution sooner than later.
   
The municipal Interior Gas Utility and privately run Fairbanks Natural Gas have each submitted applications for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate natural gas distribution in the North Pole area. Fairbanks Natural Gas has such a certificate for Fairbanks.
   
Therriault said resolving the competing applications could slow decisions important to the overall project. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska is expected to render a decision by October.