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US FERC issues draft EIS for the Alaska LNG project

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The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess the impacts of constructing and operating the Alaska LNG project proposed by the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC).

In its statement, the FERC concluded that: “construction and operation [of the project] would result in temporary, long-term, and permanent impacts on the environment. Most impacts would not be significant or would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of proposed or recommended avoidance, minimisation, and mitigation measures, but some impacts would be adverse and significant.”

AGDC’s Interim President, Joe Dubler, issued the following comment after the publication of EIS:

“Alaska LNG holds the potential for significant environmental, energy, economic, and employment benefits for Alaskans. Publication of the draft Environmental Impact Statement represents substantial progress toward obtaining the authorisation required to build and operate this project.

“We will now begin to thoroughly examine this comprehensive document to understand the commission’s recommendations. The ongoing permitting process incorporates 150 000 pages of data and should give Alaskans confidence that the project’s merits and impacts are being rigorously scrutinised.”

The full EIS can be read on the FERC’s website here.

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