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Alaska LNG project achieves major permitting milestone

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Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Alaska LNG project.

The EIS analyses the environmental impact the project would cause, as well as associated mitigation measures. It is a necessary step towards gaining federal approval to construct and operate the project. According to the statement, FERC is scheduled to issue the final order for the project in June this year.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said: “The final EIS is a milestone in the Alaska LNG permitting process – a process still with significant hurdles. I appreciate the diligence of the AGDC team throughout this process. We look forward to reviewing the EIS and receiving the record of decision from FERC, at which point we will evaluate our next steps. FERC licensure is an important component in determining if Alaska LNG, which must be led by private enterprise, is competitive and economically advantageous for development.”

AGDC President Frank Richards added: “This EIS represents substantial progress in the approval process for Alaska LNG.

“The EIS reflects six years of public input, engineering, science-based environmental research, and cultural resource studies. The EIS assesses more than 150 000 pages of data and makes Alaska LNG one of the most scrutinised energy infrastructure projects in Alaska. Such a rigorous, comprehensive environmental analysis provides assurance that the merits and impacts of Alaska LNG have been carefully vetted by numerous federal regulatory authorities.

“ExxonMobil and BP have contributed valuable expertise and financial assistance which helped make this accomplishment possible. Both organisations continue to provide critical support in the effort to progress Alaska LNG.

“In the coming days we will review the conclusions in the EIS, examine any differences with the draft EIS published last year, and use these conclusions to help inform decisions about the next steps for Alaska LNG.”

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