Consultation with Alaska Native Tribes
As part of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) renewal process, the Joint Pipeline Office (JPO) consulted with tribal governments and tribal leaders whose interests might be directly and substantially affected by renewing the TAPS right-of-way.
These government-to-government consultations were established under both State of Alaska and Federal orders. Although the consultations are separate from the scoping process and will continue throughout the TAPS environmental impact analysis process, comments received during the scoping period are included in the Summary of Public Scoping Comments, Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Right-of-Way Renewal Environmental Impact Statement.
In September and October 2001, the JPO Renewal Team and Argonne National Laboratory staff visited numerous Native communities and recorded comments and concerns about the TAPS. The comments were varied and far-reaching. The following reflect only a sampling of those comments:
Government-to-government consultations with Alaska Native Tribes will continue throughout the TAPS Renewal EIS process. Spud Williams is assigned as the Native Liaison for the renewal team. He can be contacted at 907/787-5557.
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