By Larry Persily
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 12 published its timeline for the Alaska LNG project’s environmental review, setting Dec. 9, 2019, for when it plans to issue its final environmental impact statement and then, 90 days later, a March 8, 2020, deadline to decide on the state’s application to build and operate the gas pipeline, liquefaction plant and export terminal.
FERC plans to issue the project’s draft environmental impact statement in March 2019, allowing nine months for public and agency comments and revisions before the final EIS.
A March 2020 decision by the full commission is 15 months later than the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. had requested and promoted when it filed its application with FERC in April 2017. To meet its proposed start-up date of first LNG exports in 2024, “AGDC requests FERC grant the requested authorization no later than December 31, 2018,” the state corporation said in the cover letter accompanying its application.