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Alaska Legislature passes LNG trucking bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A bill aimed at bringing natural gas to parts of Interior Alaska has passed the Legislature.

The Senate on Friday agreed to changes, described mostly as technical, made in the House. It will now go to the governor, who proposed SB23.

The bill would authorize the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to provide up to $275 million in financing for the development, construction and maintenance of a liquefied natural gas, or LNG, plant and distribution system. Gov. Sean Parnell has said these facilities will make it possible to truck LNG from the North Slope to the Interior.

Sen. Pete Kelly of Fairbanks called the bill incredibly important to his community. He said the benefit of it will be seen a few years from now.