Biden Approves Alaska LNG Project, Angering Environmental Advocates

Kenai Lake, Kenai PeninsulaInternationalIndiaAfricaThe Biden administration on Thursday approved exports of liquefied natural gas from the Alaska LNG project, reports media. The Department of Energy has approved the Alaska Gasline Development Corp project to export LNG to countries with which the US does not have a free trade agreement.Supporters of the roughly $39 billion project expect it to be up and running by 2030 if it receives all necessary permits. The LNG would be exported mainly to Asian countries.

Frank Richards, president of the Alaska-owned AGDC, said the company will consider a 51-page decision as it develops the project, which "will provide Alaskans and US allies with a significant source of low-emission, responsibly produced energy consistent with international standards."

Alaska LNG includes a liquefaction plant on the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska and a proposed 807-mile (1,300 km) pipeline to transport gas from northern Alaska through the state.Environmental groups opposed the project, for which exports were first approved by the Donald Trump administration. The Biden administration conducted an environmental review of Alaska LNG, concluding that it had economic and international security benefits, and that opponents failed to prove that exports were not in the “public interest.”US Turns Top Liquefied Natural Gas Exporter as Europe Leans on US Supply Amid Ukraine Crisis – EIA25 July 2022, 22:57 GMTThe Biden administration modified a previous permit to prohibit the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the project. Nevertheless, environmental groups have denounced the decision as a “carbon bomb.””Joe Biden’s climate presidency is flying off the rails,” said Lukas Ross, who works with environmental group Friends of the Earth. Ross said this is the second US approval of a “fossil fuel megaproject” in months.Last month, the Biden administration approved ConocoPhillips’ $7 billion Willow oil and gas drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope, a move that angered environmentalists who were hoping Biden would be stronger on the climate issue.Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, said the decision has cleared the way for additional lawsuits aimed at stopping the project.


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