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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is alleging the Alaska LNG project and federal regulators may have violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the federal Clean Water Act by “improperly and intentionally excluding” the borough’s Port MacKenzie as a “reasonable alternative” for a proposed liquefied natural gas plant.
The Alaska LNG project leadership team more than four years ago selected Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula as the preferred site for a plant and marine terminal pivotal to state plans for entry into the natural-gas-export business.
The decision came after analysis of more than two dozen possible locations for the facilities in Southcentral Alaska. The $43 billion, state-led LNG project is waiting for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to set a timeline for an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze project alternatives, including LNG plant sites, pipeline routes and river crossings.