IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue right-of-way permits for a natural gas transmission pipeline in nonwilderness areas within the boundary of Denali National Park, and for other purposes.
Denali National Park and Preserve natural gas pipeline
In this section:
The term appurtenance includes cathodic protection or test stations, valves, signage, and buried communication and electric cables relating to the operation of high-pressure natural gas transmission.
The term appurtenance does not include compressor stations.
The term Park means the Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The Secretary may issue right-of-way permits for—
a high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline (including appurtenances) in nonwilderness areas within the boundary of Denali National Park within, along, or near the approximately 7-mile segment of the George Parks Highway that runs through the Park; and
any distribution and transmission pipelines and appurtenances that the Secretary determines to be necessary to provide natural gas supply to the Park.
Terms and conditions
A permit authorized under subsection (b)—
may be issued only—
if the permit is consistent with the laws (including regulations) generally applicable to utility rights-of-way within units of the National Park System;
in accordance with section 1106(a) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3166(a)); and
if, following an appropriate analysis prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the route of the right-of-way is the route through the Park with the least adverse environmental effects for the Park; and
shall be subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary determines to be necessary.
Passed the Senate January 1 (legislative day, December 30, 2012), 2013.