Feds support Mat-Su LNG site review
The Federal government agrees with the Mat-Su Borough that Alaska's Gasline Development Corporation should submit more information about Point MacKenzie as a potential endpoint for the state gas line project.
Last week, Mat-Su Borough Mayor Vern Halter was a guest on KTVA's Daybreak and said the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation intentionally mislead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, previously, in order to support Nikiski as an endpoint for the Liquified Natural Gas Project, not Point MacKenzie.
"We didn't start this, I mean, AGDC misrepresented our location. And they did it, you know, intentionally," Halter said.
In a filing made public on October 3rd, AGDC refuted the Mat-Su Borough's assertion.
“The fact that the Matanuska-Susitna Borough disagrees with AGDC’s analysis does not indicate a lack of consultation or bad faith," AGDC said.
Now, FERC is requiring AGDC address questions about Point MacKenzie as an alternative route for Alaska LNG -- as part of an ongoing process to establish an environmental impact statement on the project. The questions are amid a bundle of nearly 200 inquiries, varied in nature, posed by the federal agency to AGDC regarding Alaska LNG.
Halter says ending the gasline at Pt. MacKenzie makes financial sense because the pipeline would be shorter -- potentially saving the project billions of dollars.
The state argues the extreme tidal range there is a concern, as well as it's location within Cook Inlet's endangered Beluga Whale Habitat.
FERC is slated to publish a draft environmental impact statement on the Alaska LNG Project in February. A final environmental impact statement from FERC is scheduled for release in November of 2019.
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