Public comment requested on natural gas pipeline

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Alaskans have a chance to provide public comment on the draft environmental impact statement or DEIS for the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released a draft Environmental Impact Statement, and comments are being accepted through October 3rd. The pipeline, as proposed, would transport natural gas extracted at the North Slope approximately 800 miles to a liquefaction facility at Cook Inlet.

Jennifer Johnston, Outdoor Recreation Planner with Denali National Park and Preserve says the proposed route for the pipeline would go through Denali National Park and Preserve. "The park was authorized by the 2013 Denali National Park Improvement Act to permit a pipeline through the national park in non-wilderness areas and this area of the park meets that criteria. So the park has been asked to permit the pipeline through this area of the park."

Johnston says they are in the process of talking with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation and working on which permits would be necessary to allow the pipeline to go through the park.

For more information and how to provide public comment: https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2019/06-28-19-DEIS.asp

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