Sen. Lisa Murkowski is suggesting the state look at investing in a natural gas pipeline to Fairbanks as a way to jumpstart seemingly stalled efforts to commercialize North Slope gas.
Murkowski spokesman Robert Dillon says Murkowski is looking for ways to advance a project. He says she's not going to tell the state what to do but is suggesting the state look at the possibility of investing in a line to Fairbanks and not just wait for the producers to build a line.
Alaska has long hoped for a major gas pipeline as a way to shore up revenues from declining oil production, create jobs and provide more reliable energy.
The Senate energy committee, on which Murkowski serves, plans a hearing on gas markets next month.