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Alaska to US gas line. Reportedly, after many years of debate on how to transfer Alaskan gas to the Lower-48 states, the US Congress is expected to support the construction of a major, 3,600-mi-long gas pipeline with provisions in this year’s energy bill. Michael Davis, in an April 12 Houston Chronicle article, speculates that the provisions, if passed by both the House and the Senate, could move construction of the $20-billion project forward, and possibly see completion of the line by 2012, to deliver as much as 4.5 Bcfd to the Midwest. No small job, the line would require more than 5 million tons of steel, 54 million construction man-hours and involve 8,000 – 9,000 jobs per year.

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