Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:07 PM on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Homer gas line project shovel ready

My wife and I are both extremely excited about the natural gas line to Homer and Kachemak City and were extremely disappointed when Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed the project last year. Clean natural gas is the only logical choice for heating our homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, libraries, senior centers and churches in Alaska.

We live in the state with the most abundant source of natural gas in the nation and yet only two major cities have limited distribution. Getting natural gas to all the communities where it is economically feasible should be the No. 1 priority of the Legislature.

Natural gas to Homer and Kachemak City alone would save Alaskans $500,000 a year just for heating the schools and the hospital. When you add all the federal, state, borough and city facilities, the total would be closer to $1 million and this means a 10-12 year payback to the citizens and decreases our dependence on foreign oil by hundreds of thousands of gallons a year.

This does not take into account the savings to small and large businesses that, at the end of the year, the savings on fuel costs may make the difference between keeping the doors open and going out of business.

With all the talk of spending hundreds of millions on a bridge or road, the Homer natural gas line project is ready to go and has proven payback to the citizens of Alaska.

If you haven't written the governor now, don't ever complain about Homer not having natural gas.

David and Maxine Weber