Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Pipe Files Alaska Gas Line?

The Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects created the digital library to collect, consolidate, organize and preserve for the public many of the reports, maps, analysis and other work going back to the 1970s for Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline projects.

What agencies worked on the digital library?

The Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage worked with the Office of the Federal Coordinator to build the collection, digitize older documents and implement the search software for the library. Canada's Northern Pipeline Agency also cooperated in the effort, contributing work it has collected on an Alaska gas pipeline project through Canada to serve North America.

Why was it created?

The digital library will serve as a resource for the general public, historians, students, public officials, industry and other stakeholders, including U.S. federal, state, municipal and Canadian agencies.

What's in The Pipe Files?

Proposed pipeline route maps, environmental reports, economic and engineering analysis, consultant reports for government agencies and legislative bodies created over the years as project proponents and government agencies have worked on potential Alaska gas line projects.

How are items selected for the library?

The Office of the Federal Coordinator selected items for the library from its own files, from the extensive collections of the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services and University of Alaska Anchorage libraries, and from material submitted by Canada's Northern Pipeline Agency. Several U.S. federal and state agencies also provided material, particularly the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Alaska Department of Revenue.

How are items selected for the library?

The Office of the Federal Coordinator selected items for the library from its own files, from the extensive collections of the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services and University of Alaska Anchorage libraries, and from material submitted by Canada's Northern Pipeline Agency. Several U.S. federal and state agencies also provided material, particularly the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Alaska Department of Revenue.

How can I suggest something be added to the library?

Contact the Office of the Federal Coordinator to suggest or submit an item for the library: KC Elliott, 907-271-5240, kelliott@arcticgas.gov.

Can I copy items from The Pipe Files?

Yes, nothing in the library is confidential. Everything is in the public domain.