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AK - US DOI Approves Permits for Alaska LNG Pipeline

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced decisions for the Alaska LNG Pipeline Project, approving the issuance of rights-of-way permits across federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS).

These decisions, which adopt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) environmental impact statement (EIS), establish the environmental protections for wetlands, wildlife, recreation access, and other resources that will govern access for a LNG pipeline; a major step in the permit process for the project.

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is seeking permits to construct and operate the Alaska LNG project, which would transport natural gas for export to foreign markets and provide for in-state gas deliveries. Access across Federal lands is required for approximately 230 miles of the 807 mile pipeline. These lands are mostly managed by the BLM, and most of the affected acreage is in the Dalton Highway/Trans-Alaska Pipeline corridor, which is managed primarily as a utility and transportation corridor. The project includes a gas treatment plant at Prudhoe Bay, a buried 42 in. diameter pipeline, and a liquefaction facility and export terminal in Nikiski, Alaska.

“With this approval, the Trump Administration is keeping its commitment to work with local governments and partners,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond. “This project will enable more Alaska-produced energy to enter the market through modern, efficient technology and create opportunities for Americans.”

“The project includes the potential to supply Denali National Park and Preserve and nearby communities with natural gas,” said Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Robert Wallace. “Careful environmental management will ensure park resources, including wildlife, wetlands, vegetation and noise/soundscapes, will be protected during and after construction.”

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