Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Alaska Canada Rail Link

Since I mentioned the rail link to Alaska, I thought I would add background on the state of the project.

There was a flurry of activity in 2005-06 - see this site. Since then it has allow gone quiet.

The number one person that is backing it is state representative Jeanette James. She has put a lot of effort into the idea.

I think the idea of the rail link makes huge sense - it makes it possible for Alaska resources to go through to the lower 48 and for the Alaska ports to become a new access for Asia. The benefit for BC and Yukon is that the rail line would open up large areas of natural resources for development. It also allows for the First Nations in northern BC and Yukon to have a lot more opportunties in the future.

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