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Help Move Pt. Thomson Forward & Create Jobs!

The Pt. Thomson Clean Water Act 404 permitting process comment period is open.  Please take the time to weigh in on this vital issue.  The comment period ends on August 27, 2012.  You can submit email comments to Harry A. Baij Jr. at harry.a.baij@usace.army.mil.  A fact sheet about Pt. Thomson is attached for your reference.

Some points for your consideration when drafting comments:

  • The Environmental Impact Statement and CWA section 404 permitting processes have been ongoing for nearly three years.
     
  • ExxonMobil is currently in the midst of the third public comment period on the Point Thomson Project and the second public comment period on ExxonMobil’s final Clean Water Act (CWA) - section 404 permit application. 
     
  • The Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies are considering whether to approve the Project as proposed or to impose new conditions or changes to the proposed Project.
     
  • Permit issuance by the Corps by mid-October is critical to allow construction to commence this winter.  If this window is missed, then first production will be delayed by at least one more year.
     
  • ExxonMobil has committed to the State in the recently announced settlement agreement to initiate production at Point Thomson by the winter of 2015/2016.  Start of construction this winter is necessary to meet this important commitment.
     
  • If ExxonMobil’s scheduled construction period begins as planned this winter, over 1,000 jobs in Alaska will be created.
     
  • The Point Thomson Project will provide significant and wide-ranging benefits to Alaska businesses in the form of new business opportunities and revenues.
     
  • The Point Thomson Project contains approximately 25% of known North Slope natural gas and is strategically important to the development of Alaska natural gas.
     
  • With an estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Point Thomson will be a key element in any future gas pipeline.
     
  • The Point Thomson Project’s proposed design and execution plan includes significant mitigation to minimize environmental impacts.  The plan avoids or minimizes impacts on high value wetlands, habitat and hydrology.  
     
  • The proposed Project has eliminated the need for construction of major facilities in marine waters by adopting an innovative barge-bridge system for offload of sealift modules.
     
  • ExxonMobil will implement comprehensive mitigation measures to minimize impact on tundra, wildlife, aquatic resources, and subsistence activities.

 

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