Alaska poised for battle over bison

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JUNEAU — Proponents of natural gas development in the Nenana Basin say a state proposal to release wood bison in the Interior could seriously complicate, and potentially stall, their plans.

One of the projects that may be at risk is a natural gas bullet line Enstar plans to build between Southcentral Alaska and the North Slope, company spokesman Curtis Thayer said.

Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 2 on Monday calling for Gov. Sarah Palin to halt the wood bison release, scheduled for March 2010, until the state has a chance to secure U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assurances that land use won’t be hampered.


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