US Senator Dan Sullivan recently wrote a letter to Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, in an effort to encourage the Energy Department to quickly process the pending non-Free Trade Agreement export license application submitted by the Alaska LNG Project LCC (AK LNG) in July 2014.
Referencing his previous roles as Alaska Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources and Attorney General, Senator Sullivan said: “In previous meetings with senior Obama Administration advisors and Department of Energy officials, I received assurances that, given some of the unique characteristics defined below, the application of AK LNG would receive rapid and favourable treatment once stakeholders applied for permitting.”
Sullivan continued: “As you know, the project is a great opportunity to not only fuel our country’s own need for cleaner energy, but tap into the demand of an ever growing Asia-Pacific consumer market. Given the overwhelming economic benefits this project would bring to Alaska and the nation, it is instrumental in fully unleashing America’s vast energy potential.
“Last summer, when visiting Alaska, you indicated that a rapid processing of the AK LNG permit application would ensue as soon as the public comment period closed. Given that we are now a month into 2015 and with no credible or significant public opposition, I ask for your swift decision on this matter so we can move this critical infrastructure project forward.”
In a recent follow up meeting with Senator Sullivan, Secretary Moniz continued to identify Alaska LNG as different than lower 48 projects and gave assurances that the agency is working diligently on the non-FTA portion of the export license.
“After meeting with the Secretary, I’m confident that he will be approving the export license for AK LNG in the near future,” said Sen. Sullivan.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquefaction/09032015/senator-sullivan-urges-approval-of-alaska-lng-386/