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Ahtna Native corporation is looking into natural gas development to make the immediate (Copper River Valley) area more liveable as opposed to commercializing its resources specifically as an export commodity.  You can read up on it at: http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/ahtna-plans-natural-gas-wells-for-communities/article_14f97256-57b0-11e3-bff6-001a4bcf6878.html.  Natural gas is available, and in this case it may be shipped 100 miles each way to Delta Junction or Valdez to change its form for easier transport.  Economic development often looks at energy extraction as the ability to get others to buy it to get cash, yet it may be more equitable for the region if they are given somewhat of a ‘energy holiday’ by not having to pay so much on the whole by importing expensive commodities themselves (such as oil).   Hoping it works!