Comment period set for Alaska CIAP plan
The state is taking comments on the fall amendment to the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.
Initiated under the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, CIAP provides funds for the six states on the outer continental shelf where oil and gas is produced.
Alaska was allocated a total of $79,407,444.96 for the program, which runs through federal fiscal year 2010. Sixty-five percent of the funding goes directly to the state and 35 percent goes to eight eligible coastal political subdivisions.
The state is responsible for developing a plan for the monies and getting approval for the plan from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (formerly the Minerals Management Service).
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Coastal and Ocean Management is the state’s lead agency for CIAP. DCOM developed and received approval of an initial plan and a March 2010 amendment, and has prepared a 2010 fall amendment to the Alaska CIAP plan for the remaining CIAP funds.
DCOM will hold a public meeting on the amendment via teleconference on Aug. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. To participate call 1-800-315-6338; the code is 2427#.
Comments in the public review draft for the 2010 amendment are due to DCOM by Aug. 30.
The previously approved plan and amendment are available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/coastal/CIAP/ciap.htm.