Frequently Asked Questions
A: During Phase 1 of the project, the SAOT has been meeting monthly.
Q: With regard to natural hazards, will the climate change be considered as a factor in the risk assessment?
A: Natural hazards will be evaluated as part of the project. Climate change factors will be addressed by the project team as part of Phase 1.
Q: Is abandoned infrastructure included in the scope of the assessment?
A: Abandoned infrastructure will be evaluated as part of Phase 1 of the project. Abandoned equipment tied to existing operating infrastructure will be included.
Q: Are only gas production facilities in Cook Inlet included in the scope of the risk assessment, or is the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility also in scope of the risk assessment?
A: The current scope of the risk assessment includes Cook Inlet oil and gas production infrastructure. The study focuses is on production operations, not on distribution, transportation, or downstream processing facilities.
Q: Regarding the objective of the project, what does the term “systems” mean?
A: The scope of the project includes systems to maintain the integrity of the Alaska oil and gas infrastructure. Systems may include physical facilities, controls, business systems, administrative controls, etc.
Q: When will the public have the opportunity to see the draft risk assessment methodology?
A: The proposed risk assessment methodology was published March 20, 2009 and the State accepted comments on the methodology until June 2, 2009.
Q: What type of public involvement will there be after the Stakeholder input deadline of November 4, 2008?
A: The proposed risk assessment methodology is available for public review, and public workshops were held during May 2009. The public review will be held concurrently with the peer-review process.
Q: Is the State working on defining unacceptable consequences?
A: Yes, the project team will propose a definition of unacceptable consequences during Phase I of the project. The SAOT will make a final decision on the definition, and the project will proceed to implementation based on the definition and approved risk assessment methodology.
Q: When will the peer review of the risk assessment methodology occur?
A: The peer review will be completed during Phase 1 of the project in the June to August 2009 time frame.
Q: How will oil and gas industry owners and operators be involved in the project?
A: Oil and gas industry owners and operators are key stakeholders in the project, and their input is being solicited during development of the risk assessment methodology in Phase I, including a request to provide input on existing studies and best risk management practices. The State intends to work cooperatively with the oil and gas industry to collect data and implement the risk assessment in Phase 2 of the project.
Q: Because there are existing studies of Alaska oil and gas infrastructure completed by the oil and gas industry, how will the project team obtain this information from industry?
A: The State intends to work cooperatively with the oil and gas industry to collect data, such as their existing studies. The project team is holding ongoing meetings with the oil and gas industry through the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) to coordinate efforts and facilitate communication.
Q: What will happen at the end of the project?
A: The result of the risk assessment will be a risk profile for Alaska oil and gas infrastructure within the scope of the project. The State will use the risk profile to make risk management decisions and develop actions that will lead to an acceptable level of risk for the oil and gas infrastructure. No specific risk management decisions have been made at this time and are not anticipated until the risk assessment is completed.