Alaska Senator Mark Begich announced a new bill to create incentives for in-state natural gas delivery.
Senator Begich said on Monday the legislation is in response to skyrocketing energy prices in Rural and Interior areas of Alaska.
The Senator said the proposal would apply one-stop permitting benefits to any natural gas transportation mechanism.
The bill would amend the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act of 2004, which created a federal office to coordinate with over 20 federal agencies, The State of Alaska, the Canadian government, tribal governments and other stakeholders.
"In-state gas is critical. It's the first priority of any gas line and then second is to do exports so we have an economic opportunity for us to sell some of our gas in the Pacific Rim," Begich said.
Begich said he will seek further public comment before formally introducing the bill.