Feds Approve Huge Arctic Gas Pipeline Project

by | May 18, 2020

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved construction of an 807-mile pipeline from Alaska’s arctic North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula in the state’s south-central region. The Alaska Gasline Development Corp.’s proposed plan also includes a new liquid natural gas terminal on the peninsula, a gas treatment plant on the North Slope’s Prudhoe Bay, and two additional pipelines to bring gas from the North Slope to the treatment plant. One of FERC’s four commissioners voted against the project on climate grounds. “The Commission continues to treat climate change differently than all other environmental impacts,” wrote Commissioner Richard Glick in his dissent. “There are still a lot of things that have to happen before the project gets off the ground,” reports public radio station KTOO. “The state doesn’t have control of all of the land it needs, or the finances to get the $43 billion project built.” Status: FERC approved the project on May 21.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.