The Fairbanks News-Miner carried this:(LINK).
TransCanada vice president Tony Palmer said he has been talking with FERC and the pre-filed application comes about two years earlier than originally anticipated.TransCanada's competitor, the Denali Pipeline received permission from FERC to pre-file almost nine months earlier (link).
“Initiating the pre-file processes now will enhance the exchange of information between FERC staff and also assist with coordination of the agency activities for this important project,” Palmer said.
Drue Pearce, the federal coordinator for the Alaska pipeline, said pre-filing for a certificate of public convenience and necessity brings the public in from the start and puts environmental reviews into motion quickly. The pre-filing also results in a docket and regulators for the project
Both competitors are still planning for an open season in 2010.