Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects

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Congress in 2004 established the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects to help expedite and coordinate federal permitting for construction of a pipeline to move Alaska North Slope natural gas to North American markets. The office coordinates with more than 20 federal agencies, the state of Alaska, tribal governments and other stakeholders, including the project sponsors, in the multibillion-dollar development.

Plans, possibilities and potential for an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline have been around since the 1970s, but the project economics never worked out. In the past couple of years, however, markets have changed and the major North Slope oil and gas producers have started moving toward a project that would pipe the gas 800 miles to tidewater, liquefy it and ship it aboard tankers to Asian markets.

While waiting to fully engage in permit coordination activities, the Office of the Federal Coordinator has been busy sharing information with the public about the Alaska project, construction and engineering issues, global natural gas projects, markets, financing and permitting requirements.

  • The office established and maintains a publicly accessible, searchable database of several hundred Alaska gas pipeline documents, maps and reports going back to the 1970s. The digital library is available at The Pipe Files.
  • The office prepares and distributes reports on natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas projects, gas markets and developments worldwide, under the heading of White Papers.
  • In anticipation of permit coordination efforts, the office prepared a searchable matrix of major federal permits required for a North Slope natural gas project, providing statutory and regulatory citations, data requirements and information on the public review process for each permit and agency.
  • The history of Alaska North Slope gas line efforts is available in two versions: The short form and the long form.

Contact information

For more information or to ask a question, visit our contact page or call Larry Persily, federal coordinator, at 202-627-6862.


Past leadership

Federal Coordinators

Drue Pearce; Dec. 12, 2006, to Jan. 3, 2010

Deputy Federal Coordinators

Tom Barrett; May 24, 2009, to Dec. 17, 2010

Frank Richards; Jan. 3, 2011, to April 6, 2012

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