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Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly to look at gas utility plans

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 11:41 pm | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — After making the rounds at the North Pole and Fairbanks city councils, a proposal to start a municipal natural gas distribution utility will get its first look at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly tonight.

Assembly members will get a chance to ask questions of the project’s sponsors and of the borough administration on the project. They’ll be scheduled to hear from the public and vote on the plan at their next meeting, Oct. 11.

The municipal utility was pitched by Mayor Luke Hopkins as well as a collection of other local leaders as a way to kickstart natural gas trucking and provide distribution of natural gas to the local distribution to areas of the borough not served by private enterprise.

The North Pole City Council passed an ordinance transferring utility power to the borough on Monday and the city of Fairbanks is expected to take the issue up and vote on it next Monday.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 or follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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