JUNEAU - The state is embarking on a $5 million project to evaluate all of its oil and gas facilities, from the North Slope pipelines to loading terminals in Valdez.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said two engineering firms will assist the state over the next two years.
It hired Emerald Consulting and ABS Consulting to lead the team, which will include members of several state agencies.
Last year, the Legislature approved $5 million to fund the efforts. Of that, slightly more than $4 million will be used to pay the consulting firms.