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).
Hoecker's letter said Foothills could apply to build Phase II, in which case a new environmental impact statement would be needed, or other companies could submit applications under the Natural Gas Act to build other pipelines over other routes not approved in the ANGTA