FERC denies state request for cooperating status in EIS

By:
Larry Persily

Larry Persily. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour

The law doesn’t allow the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to participate as a cooperating agency in the federal environmental impact statement for the state-led Alaska LNG project, U.S. regulators said.

The department had promised not to share any information with the project developer, the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., but that wouldn’t solve the legal problem, said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“Even with a firewall, both agencies would nevertheless be accountable to advancing the interests of the state of Alaska in getting the project approved,” Jim Martin, a branch chief at FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, said in a Dec. 14 letter to the Natural Resources commissioner’s office.

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