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