However, once an applicant has either pre-filed with FERC under ANGDA or with BLM under ANGTA
, the OFC is obligated to pursue expeditious handling of the permits, grants and certificates necessary to commercialize Alaska's North Slope gas.
FERC said in the past few days that the 1976 act might possibly be bypassed and further: "We are relatively clear that that the ANGTA
would not bar this commission from considering (other applicants).
Foothills concluded its testimony by stating; "If this Committee's objective is to expedite construction of the Alaska natural gas pipeline, then the most important thing you can do is to endorse the ANGTA
framework and the Alaska highway project and encourage the interested parties to collaborate on a single project under ANGTA
to get the gas to market.