Learning More about the Alaska LNG Project
A series of documents known as resource reports are being developed for the Alaska LNG Project. The resource reports provide preliminary data to regulators and the general public on baseline environmental conditions and potential project impacts. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requires these documents as part of the NEPA Pre-File process. The resource reports vary in length but often contain hundreds of pages of information related to the work accomplished to date.
The initial drafts of the resource reports have been designed to help those interested in the project to better understand the current picture of Alaska’s environmental and socioeconomic landscape. In many ways, it is still early in the process. These drafts are intended to be useful to stakeholders as they provide a framework to enable important conversations and input to help inform decisions about the Alaska LNG Project. In that process it may be determined that additional modeling and data collection is needed in places before the resource reports are finalized.
Now is a good time to provide input on the draft reports as there are plans for two drafts of the resource reports to be submitted over an approximately two-year period. This is to ensure that interested stakeholders have an opportunity to add their voices early in the process. The first draft of these resource reports was filed with the FERC in the first quarter of 2015.
Input on the first draft will be considered alongside other factors in making decisions about the Alaska LNG Project. Revised second-draft resource reports are targeted for submission to the FERC in early 2016. The input from the two drafts of the resource reports will be used to prepare final resource reports, which will be incorporated in the formal application to the FERC, expected in 2016.
List of Draft 1 Resource Reports:
- Resource Report 12, PCB Contamination – Addresses remediation of PCBs, if present, on sites where compressor stations will be modified.
List of Draft 2 Resource Reports:
- Resource Report 1, General Project Description – Includes purpose and need for the project as well as location and description of facilities, land requirements, construction and restoration techniques, list of permits and approvals.
- Resource Report 2, Water Use and Quality – Includes information about ground and surface water resources, public and private wells, watershed areas, hydrostatic test water, wetlands and water bodies.
- Resource Report 3, Fish, Wildlife and Vegetation – Includes information on fisheries, wildlife and vegetation, as well as endangered and threatened species.
- Resource Report 4, Cultural Resources – Addresses the nature and extent of cultural resources including historic properties and Native American cultural places.
- Resource Report 5, Socioeconomics – Includes information about the socioeconomic conditions in the project area such as population, per capita income, employment rates, number of units and vacancy rates for temporary housing, proximity of major transportation routes, availability of police, fire, medical facilities and schools.
- Resource Report 6, Geological Resources – Includes a description of topography, landforms and relative relief as identified on United States Geological Survey quadrangle maps as well as blasting regulations, Karst measures, mineral resources and geologic hazards.
- Resource Report 7, Soils – Identification of the soils that would be affected by the project as well as potential erosion that could result from construction and operation of the project.
- Resource Report 8, Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics – Identification of public lands as well as recreational or special use lands and a summary of consultations with federal and state agencies. Also provides numbers and types of planned and existing residential and commercial areas in the project area.
- Resource Report 9, Air and Noise Quality – Addresses the effects of the project on existing air and noise environments and describes proposed mitigation measures.
- Resource Report 10, Alternatives – Describes alternatives considered during the development of the project and compare the environmental impacts of the alternatives to those of the proposed primary route.
- Resource Report 11, Reliability and Safety – This report outlines the safety and reliability mechanisms supporting construction and operations for all Alaska LNG facilities including the Nikiski LNG plant which is in proximity of other oil and gas industrial plants and residential properties. Safety issues and mechanism for building and operating the 800-mile natural gas pipeline will also be discussed.
- Resource Report 13, Engineering and Design Material – The most technical of the reports, this report contains the engineering detail for facilities design and includes substantial descriptions about storage tanks, piping and instrumentation and applicable codes and standards for the entire LNG facility.