Natural Gas Pipeline

The Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline hasn’t received federal approval but a joint partnership between TransCanada and ExxonMobil in 2009 has been formalized to work together on building the natural gas pipeline. There are two proposed routes for the pipeline which are from Prudhoe Bay to the Alaska-Canada border. The alternative proposed route is from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. If the Alaska-Canada route is chosen, the pipeline will link up to pipeline systems near Boundary Lake, Alberta, Canada. If the Valdez route is chosen, facilities will have to be constructed near Valdez. The gas treatment plant will be constructed near the existing Prudhoe Bay facilities. Please view the map of the proposed natural gas pipeline route.

Preliminary resource reports have been filed with the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Significant progress has been made with filing permit applications with FERC and the Canadian Northern Pipeline Agency (NPA). Resource reports can be viewed online at the Alaska Pipeline Project website.

There have been several public meetings related to the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline. Most community concerns center around the following issues: 1. Access to energy; 2. Environmental impacts; 3. Community impacts including subsistence; 4. Land access and acquisition; and 5. Community opportunities such as workforce development. Progress has been made to determine the pipeline route and workshops and meetings have been held with state and federal agencies.

The timeline for the project shows that gas production would start in 2020 and full gas production would happen in 2021. In order to file applications with FERC and NPA, extensive environmental, regulatory and land work must occur with field studies in both Alaska and Canada. In order for this project to happen, there must be committed and supportive parties such as the state and federal governments, communities affected by the pipeline, stakeholders and the general public.

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