Port Authority Moves Forward Without North Slope Borough

The North Slope Borough's withdrawal from the Alaska Gasline Port Authority will not hinder the Port Authority's plans to acquire Fairbanks Natural Gas, to truck natural gas from the North Slope to consumers in the Fairbanks area and other points, including Valdez, or to build a gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez. Valdez Mayor and Port Authority chairman Bert Cottle made those statements during a special meeting of the Valdez City Council Thursday in the wake of the North Slope Borough's request to withdraw earlier in the week. (Story by Erik Wander)

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