The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) has approved applications allowing Cook Inlet Pipeline Company (CIPL) to proceed full speed ahead with construction and rerouting of oil and gas lines in Cook Inlet and on both sides.
The goal is to ship crude oil from the inlet directly to the Andeavor refinery in Nikiski. That will allow Hilcorp Alaska to close the Drift River tank farm and dismantle it. The farm at the mouth of the Drift River, is regularly threatened by volcanic eruptions from Mount Redoubt.
There will be several miles of new pipeline laid on both the east and west sides of the inlet to make the new connections.
The RCA granted a temporary construction permit earlier this year. The new order allows Cook Inlet Pipeline to complete the project.