During a recent scoping period for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP), we submitted comments to the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency developing the SEIS. The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement marks another step in a long and frustratingly complex process to permit a pipeline from Prudhoe Bay, past Fairbanks, and down the Parks Highway east of Denali National Park to Southcentral Alaska. The Supplemental EIS discusses some changes in ASAP infrastructure and route, but persists with a bypass route east of the national park, something quite unpopular with local residents.
Touted as a way to bring the benefits of Alaska natural gas to hungry Anchorage markets, the ASAP line is likely to be eclipsed by a much larger project, the Alaska LNG Project, in a few years. The LNG promoters, including three oil companies and the State of Alaska, have brought their project plans to local residents through a series of meetings, but at this point ASAP appears to be taking the lead in permitting and shovel work.
Our comments were detailed, and stressed the lack of clarity in the project and its failure to consider a full range of alternatives. Read our comments by clicking the link below.