POLICY: Battle over Arctic Gas

After years of debate and controversy, construction on the first stretch of the oil pipeline between Alaska's North Slope and the Lower 48 states is scheduled to begin later this spring. Now— a new battle is shaping up over the North Slope's other treasure: natural gas. Corporations, environmentalists and politicians in the U.S. and Canada have begun jostling for position on the question of how best to transport the gas to market —or whether to bother at all.

The first round began last week when Canadian Arctic Gas Pipeline, Ltd., a consortium of 27 American and Canadian energy firms, filed...

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