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Shepard Point Road - Decision & Permitting

FACTS

  • On October 15th, 2017 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted a permit for the construction of the Shepard Point deepwater port.
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) and now the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (FHA) have teamed up with the Native Village of Eyak Traditional Council (NVE) to build a 4.5-mile road and deepwater port in the name of "Oil Spill Response" at Shepard Pt., in Nelson Bay in the Prince William Sound, north of Cordova.
  • In 1992, the State of Alaska and the Federal Government reached a settlement agreement with Alyeska Pipeline Services Company to address damages for Alyeska's contribution to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • The Agreement designates $6,000,000 for the construction of a road from Cordova to Shepard Point and, when appropriate, for work related to the construction of a response storage facility and the prepositioning of oil spill response equipment at that location.

Unfortunately, the Agreement (consent decree) erroneously identifies Shepard Point as the only location for the oil spill response facility in Cordova. The project money can only be used for that location. EPC intends to see this changed.

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