Plans for new pipeline along Alaska Highway

TransCanada Corp. has begun the process of seeking permits from the U.S. government to build a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway.

TransCanada has the approval of the Alaskan state government to build the proposed pipeline. The 2,760 kilometer pipeline would run from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, through the Yukon and northeastern B.C., to a hub in Alberta.

The Calgary-based company submitted its plans for the proposed 2,760-kilometre pipeline to the U.S Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review.

Since the application is in review, interested parties can review engineering, environmental and other documents supporting the company’s application.

FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen says the public, other federal agencies, state agencies and local agencies can get involved very early in the process. She says stakeholders can potentially have some influence on the final application that is ultimately submitted to the commission.

The company is expected to submit final permit applications by 2012.