By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

City push for gasline terminus underway

Natural gas summit slated for coming September


The City of Valdez is moving full-steam ahead in its quest to become Alaska’s only port of choice for exporting natural gas to Asian markets.

“I’m pleased with how this thing’s coming together,” Bill Walker said to the city council Monday night.

Walker is the city’s attorney and is also council for the Alaska Gasline Port Authority, the oldest voter mandated natural gas entity in the state.

On May 29, the Valdez City Council approved a $50,000 expenditure to beginning planning an international gas summit and a special website for the event, which is slated to run at the Valdez Civic Center September 13-14.

Monika Gonda, an energy summit planning consultant, has been contracted to support the production of the summit. Former Valdez woman, Karen Weiland of Sound Web Solutions LLC, now based in Anchorage, has been hired to build a website.

“I’m pleased with how things are coming together,” Walker said Monday night.

Walker attended the World Gas Summit in Malaysia earlier this month and said he was frustrated by Alaska’s absence from the global event.

“It was the most exciting, frustrating thing I’ve ever done,” he said, “I did as much as I could with what I had.”

According to Walker, the Port Authority is leading Alaska’s quest to begin exporting its untapped reserves of North Slope natural gas.


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