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Legislators Observe Progress of SouthCentral LNG Project

ANCHORAGE, AK – Arctic Policy Co-Chairs Lesil McGuire and Bob Herron as well as other legislators and staff visited Coldfoot, Alaska yesterday where summer field work activities are underway in support of the Alaska South Central LNG (SCLNG) project.  The summer field activity gathers information that will be needed to move the project forward.

The group flew to Coldfoot Camp, located south of Deadhorse, where they received an overview of the LNG project.  The group then proceeded to the field where they viewed one of the sites along the potential pipeline route and observed where a cultural heritage survey was being conducted.

“The site visit provided a tremendous opportunity for me, and my colleagues, to see actual on-the-ground progress toward commercializing Alaska's stranded North Slope gas resources,” said Sen. McGuire (R-Anchorage).  “As co-chair of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, it is especially gratifying to see the momentum toward moving this arctic resource to market while providing a stable and affordable energy source to so many Alaskans.”

Summer fieldwork consists of studies to collect and analyze environmental and other scientific data required to support future regulatory filings.  The study area is along a potential pipeline route north of Livengood, a distance of approximately 400 miles.  This work provides detailed knowledge of the route, including information on fisheries, stream hydrology, water resources, wetlands mapping and socioeconomic assessments to support potential permit applications.

“About 136 people are involved in the summer field work,” said Rep. Herron (D-Bethel). “Three of the five key contractors doing the work are from this state.  Alaskans building Alaska’s future – that’s what it’s all about.”

“Seeing the thorough analysis being conducted of Alaska’s historic and culturally significant sites reinforced Alaska not only knows how to responsibly develop our resources but along with our partners we are doing it,” said Rep. Herron. “The ability to get in the field and meet with the people doing the work was reassuring. Although much work remains for the project to be built the work committed to date is good news for Alaska.” 

In addition to Sen. McGuire and Rep. Herron, Representatives Mike Hawker and Eric Feige, as well as Sen. Cathy Giessel participated in the tour, along with several staffers and Bill White from the Office of the Federal Coordinator.

ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and pipeline company TransCanada are spearheading the SCLNG project.  The project concept includes an 800-mile, 42-inch pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope, and a liquefaction plant in the SouthCentral region.

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