An 807-mile natural gas pipeline project in Alaska that was just reportedly approved by the Biden administration was denounced by environmentalists as posing a harm to the environment and animals.
Reiterating its initial approval of the project in 2020 under the Trump administration, the Department of Energy (DOE) revised its record of decision to incorporate further environmental safeguards.
The $38.7 billion project planned by the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) includes infrastructure for the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in addition to the pipeline.
The LNG pipeline and export project was initially suggested in 2014 by the AGDC, which the Alaska state government officially established ten years ago with a purpose to maximize the state’s enormous natural gas reserves.
Following years of environmental impact studies, FERC approved the project in May 2020 for construction.
Also in 2020, the DOE gave AGDC permission to export LNG made in Alaska to any nation with whom the US does not already have a free trade agreement.
With the additional limitations against carbon dioxide venting, the ruling from last Thursday confirms that authorisation.
Also, the project will provide 10,000 employment during construction and 1,000 permanent positions, according to AGDC.