Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects
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 market. 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 office prepares and distributes reports on natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas projects, gas markets and developments worldwide, under the heading of .
- In anticipation of permit coordination efforts, the office prepared a 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 and the .
For more information or to ask a question, visit ouror call Larry Persily, federal coordinator, at 202-627-6862.
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