Senate Approves Gas Line Through Denali National ParkBy Michael Frank on January 4th, 2013
A bill that would allow seven miles of gas pipeline through Denali National Park passed the Senate this week, and, believe it or not, this is good news, even for environmentalists. The idea is to bury the pipeline in the shoulder of the Parks Highway for the seven miles that the road extends through the national park. And the need? The high-pressure gas is designed to alleviate the need for far more polluting diesel within the park. Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who is the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s ranking minority member and who sponsored the bill, said that a coalition of environmental groups backed it because it could allow the park and local transportation facilities to use less diesel. Also, it’s less disruptive to wildlife than skirting the park with a much longer pipeline through wilderness that could potentially be even more difficult to maintain. Via OGJ.com
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