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					The Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline
Right-of-Way Permitting for an Offshore Route
John Goll Alaska Regional Director Department of the Interior U.S. Minerals Management Service

Alaska State Legislature Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines

July 17, 2001

MMS -- Who We Are
• Outer continental shelf
– oil and gas and other minerals

• • • •

Full complement of regulations Technical Research Program Revenues - collect & distribute Nation’s oil and gas production
– oil ~25% gas ~ 27% – Includes ~ 31,000 miles of pipelines

Gulf of Mexico
Annual Gas Production Projections
6.0 TCF

4.1 TCF

Limitations in the Lower 48

Areas Off Limits Atlantic EGOM 24-34 tcf 12 tcf

West Coast
Rockies

15 -23 tcf
137 tcf

Alaska OCS Potential
(Risked, Undiscovered, Conventionally Recoverable)
Low to High Estimates Oil billions barrels • • • • • • Gas TCF

Alaska OCS Total
Chukchi Beaufort Hope Norton Cook Inlet
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17 - 35
9 - 25 4 - 12 0 - 0.3 0 - 0.2 0.3 - 1.4

55 - 227
14 - 154 13 - 63 0 - 11 0- 9 0.7 - 2.5

(MMS 2000 National Assessment)

UNDISCOVERED GAS RESOURCES
(mean estimates, TCF)
After MMS [2000], USGS [1995], and Dixon et al. [1994]

ALASKA TOTAL CONVENTIONAL GAS RESOURCE = 191 TCF (82% IN ARCTIC)

MACKENZIE DELTA 53 TCF U.S. CHUKCHI 60 TCF

HOPE BASIN 3.4 TCF

NPR-A
CENTRAL ALASKA 3 TCF

ANWR

NORTON 2.7 TCF

CANADA
S. ALASKA 2.1 TCF Valdez

NAVARIN 6.2 TCF

GULF OF ALASKA 4.2 TCF

L. COOK INLET (FED.) 1.4 TCF KODIAK-SHUMAGIN 2.7 TCF

Gas Hydrates: 170,000 TCF offshore 590 TCF onshore

Regulatory Authorities
If an Offshore Route
• MMS – Right-of-Way Approval – OPA Contingency Plan/Financial Responsibility • Other Pipeline Agencies – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – State of Alaska Pipeline Coordinators Office (SPCO) – DOT/Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) • Canada • Other Agencies
– EPA, COE, FWS, NMFS

Regulatory Process
• Pre-application surveys • ROW application (30CFR250, Subpart J)
– includes technical, engineering, site specific reviews

• Public review • NEPA
– evaluate environmental issues

• CZMA • Endangered Species Consultation

Special Considerations
• • • • • • • Bowhead whales Subsistence hunting Seasonal construction/repair Permafrost Ice gouging Strudel scour Leak detection

Consultation is Essential
• Many Stakeholders
– – – – – – – – – State, Provincial, and Local Governments Federal Agencies (U.S. and Canada) Industry Domestic and international NGO’s North Slope Borough government Affected North Slope villages Traditional village governing bodies (IRA) Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission The public

In Conclusion
• Alaska has significant untapped natural gas resources, both now and well into the future • Right-of-way procedures are available to review an offshore application, if proposed • We are not advocates for a route • Regardless of the route chosen, we will assist, if needed

For more information

http://www.mms.gov/

http://www.mms.gov/alaska/