Parnell said the two gas lines should be pursued for the same reason that the proposed Susitna-Watana dam should remain in the mix for Alaska’s energy future -- it’s not clear yet which one is the best bet.
The list of mega-projects should not be trimmed "until we have something in hand for Alaskans," Parnell said.
“Yes, everything has to be on the table, yes you have to prioritize spending,” he said in a recent Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate.
“But until that point where we have to make a significant, a really significant financial decision, we should not be choosing whether cheaper energy comes to Alaskans from Susitna-Watana or from a gas line,” he said. “We need to push forward both projects until we get certainty on one,” he said.
EPA is hosting a consultation teleconference on October 23 with the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Water, which continues tribal consultation and coordination with tribes on potential revisions to EPA regulations that will define "waters of the United States" that are subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) authority. All Clean Water Act programs-water quality certification programs, pollution permitting programs and oil spill prevention and planning programs-apply only to waters designated as "waters of the U.S." under the CWA.