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FERC approves Kenai Borough as intervenor in Alaska LNG
By Larry Persily email@example.com
Sept. 12, 2018
Larry Persily. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour
All three Alaska municipalities vying for a multibillion-dollar natural gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal are now intervenors in the federal regulatory process, giving each the legal right to challenge Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decisions on the proposed Alaska LNG project.
FERC on Sept. 11 approved the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s late motion to intervene in the proceedings. The commission in February approved a late motion to intervene from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The city of Valdez also is an intervenor, after it filed its motion on time in May 2017.
The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), which is directing the state-led project, filed its application with FERC in April 2017, starting the lengthy safety and environmental review that is scheduled to reach a draft environmental impact statement in February 2019.
The development team for the proposed $43 billion North Slope gas pipeline and Southcentral Alaska gas liquefaction plant, after considering more than two dozen possible locations, in 2013 settled on Nikiski, in the Kenai Borough, as its preferred site for the LNG plant and marine terminal. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough believes its property at Port MacKenzie would be a better location, just as Valdez has long advocated it would be the best site for the development that would cover hundreds of acres and create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent positions.
Only parties to a proceeding have the right to request a rehearing of a FERC order and to challenge a final commission order in federal court.
In its Aug. 10 motion to intervene, the Kenai Borough said it filed with FERC to protect its interests against the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s advocacy of Port MacKenzie.“Siting the Alaska LNG project within the Mat-Su Borough would be to the detriment and prejudice to the citizens and businesses of the Kenai Peninsula Borough,” said the Kenai Borough’s motion to FERC.
“Right now we have Valdez and Mat-Su hemming and hawing for this project, and they’re intervenors,” John Quick, the mayor’s chief of staff, told the Kenai Borough’s advisory committee on the project Aug. 6. “I think this will put us in a better position to have a bigger voice from the borough and do everything we can to make sure this project lands in Nikiski.”