JUNEAU — Members of the House of Representatives voted late Tuesday to approve an exclusive state license for a Canadian energy company proposing to build a natural gas pipeline down the Alaska Highway to Alberta.
The 24-16 vote supports the license for Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., one of the continent's biggest gas pipeline operators. The House could take a re-vote today before sending the proposal to the Senate.
During hours of debate, some lawmakers said licensing TransCanada would be a landmark step toward construction of a nationally important superpipe while others predicted a state-subsidized failure.
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