In March 2012, TransCanada and ExxonMobil deferred further planning work on a large-diameter gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to serve North American markets, opting instead to look at the potential for a pipeline and terminal to ship liquefied natural gas from Alaska to Asian markets. This September 2012 report summarizes efforts undertaken by federal agencies on the issues identified in the Federal Coordinator's 2010 implementation plan and semiannual attention items updates for the pipeline to serve North America. This report also suggests next steps (and potential issues) needed for any Alaska gas line project to succeed.
The Office of the Federal Coordinator prepared implementation plans outlining the specific responsibilities of more than 20 federal agencies in permitting an Alaska natural gas pipeline project; each agency's anticipated milestones and process; and the information the agency requires to meet its responsibilities. Below are the first-phase implementation plans prepared for the Denali pipeline project (BP/ConocoPhillips) in June 2009 and the Alaska Pipeline Project (TransCanada/ExxonMobil) in May 2010.
Though the Denali project shut down in May 2011, the Alaska Pipeline Project continued through the start of the environmental impact statement process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As such, the Federal Coordinator in February 2011 issued the first of its semiannual implementation plan updates for the project, highlighting issues (attention items) needing continued attention by the project sponsor and/or federal agencies for the project to stay on schedule.