Volume 3 TAPS Renewal EIS Newsletter June 2002

Table of Contents
1Renewing a Pipeline Right of Way
2Draft Copies Available July 5
3Joint Federal/State Public Hearing Dates, Locations
4ADNR Explains Public Process
5Preparing Your Comments

ADNR Explains Public Process

The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources will release its Commissioner's Statement of Reasons and Proposed Written Determination (Proposed Determination) concurrently with the Draft EIS. The public can review and comment on the determination from July 5 through August 20, 2002.

The determination is available on-line at the repository locations listed in the article, "Draft Copies Available."

The State Pipeline Coordinator (SPC) is preparing a report to the Commissioner that addresses the lease-holders' compliance with the right-of-way lease and applicable state laws and regulations. This report will be used by the commissioner to evaluate lease renewal. The SPC's report will also be available at the same locations as the Proposed Determination.

How you can comment

Comments on the Proposed Determination will be accepted until 5 p.m. (ADT), August 20, 2002. Written comments can be submitted to:

  • State of Alaska
    Department of Natural Resources/JPO
    Attn: TAPS Renewal Team
    411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 2c
    Anchorage, AK 99501

  • fax: 907-272-0690 (Attn: TAPS Renewal Team)

  • e-mail: ADNR_Administrative_Record@jpo.doi.gov

The state will also take public comments at any of the seven combined ADNR/BLM public hearings scheduled for July and August (see sidebar on page 2). All comments must be received by 5 p.m. (ADT) August 20, 2002. Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than August 20, 2002.

Final determination

The written determination, or if revised, the revised written determination published by the commissioner, is the final administrative decision 30 days after the end of the public comment period, unless the commissioner, in writing, extends that 30-day period for a specified period of not more than 90 additional days to allow for a full consideration of received comments.

Final lease

The lease can be issued or renewed after the Proposed Determination becomes final.

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Photo
Trans-Alaska pipeline

How to comment on the Draft EIS

The public can comment on the DEIS through one of six ways with all methods of comment being treated equally:

The public comment period for the Draft EIS closes at 5 p.m. (Alaska Daylight Time) on August 20, 2002.

Life after the draft

The public comment period for the Draft EIS closes at 5 p.m. (ADT) on August 20. At this time, all comments received or postmarked by the deadline will be reviewed, analyzed and responded to in the Final EIS. Please note, this does not mean that reviewers will include every individual comment in the Final EIS, but instead may provide one response to a group of similar comments.

Additional steps in the TAPS Right-of-Way Renewal process are:

  • Revise EIS - Based on comments it receives from the public, BLM will revise the DEIS.

  • Final EIS - BLM will issue a Final EIS addressing comments received on the DEIS. As with the Draft, the Final EIS will be available on the web site, CD, and on paper.

  • Record of Decision - After a 30-day waiting period following release of the Final EIS, BLM or the Dept. of the Interior will issue a final decision. The Record of Decision will also be published.

  • Final Grant - The Final Grant can be issued at the same time as the Record of Decision or shortly thereafter.
Alaska Native Tribes Meeting Photo     Spud Williams Meeting Photo

Government-to-Government Consultations. The Joint Pipeline Office identified 21 Alaska Native Tribes that will be directly affected by the TAPS Right-of-Way Renewal and entered government-to-government consultations with them. John Krummel, Argonne National Laboratory, (top left) answers questions during a meeting in Fairbanks. BLM Native Liaison Spud Williams coordinated and participated in the meetings while John Shively, AFN participated in the meeting (images by Bob Moore).

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