By The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
8:00 AM AKDT, August 23, 2012
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is hosting a forum Thursday on potential markets for Alaska's natural gas, including Hawaii and Japan.
Begich's office says the discussion will include industry and government experts, and highlight the challenges that remote areas of Alaska and Hawaii face in bringing natural gas to homes or businesses.
Federal gas line coordinator Larry Persily and representatives from Hawaiian Electric Company and the Hawaii lieutenant governor's office are among those expected to attend.
The forum is one of several events Begich has planned in Alaska this week. On Friday, he is scheduled to speak at the Alaska Military Youth Academy graduation, a Rotary luncheon and the Arctic Imperative Summit.
Thursday, August 23
Alaska Gas Markets discussion
Alaska Ocean Observing System – conference room
1007 W 3rd Avenue, Suite 100
Friday, August 24
Alaska Military Youth Academy graduation - speaker
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Atwood Concert Hall
Anchorage International Rotary Lunch - keynote speaker
Coast International Inn
3450 Aviation Avenue
Arctic Imperative Summit – speaker
Hotel Captain Cook