The permitting and regulatory process requires careful coordination with more than 50 federal, state, and local agencies. Throughout the planning and construction phases, thousands of permits and authorizations will be attained. Several of the approvals require extensive agency reviews, the time frames for which are incorporated into the overall permitting timeline.
Alaska LNG Regulatory Process
There are several federal, state, and local agencies that require permits and authorizations for the project, including permits for temporary water usage, gravel placement, air quality, storm water and wastewater discharge, and pipeline right-of-way. A comprehensive regulatory process has been established for Alaska LNG to ensure it is compliant with all regulatory requirements.
On July 8, 2019 the official notification of the issuance of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register. A link to the Federal Register notice can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/08/2019-14432/alaska-gasline-development-corporation-notice-of-availability-of-the-draft-environmental-impact.
Local agencies along the entire route of the project, from the North Slope Borough to the Kenai Peninsula Borough also have permitting authority for various aspects of the project.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandated that FERC lead the siting analysis and approval of LNG terminals proposed in the U.S. Therefore, FERC will serve as the lead federal agency in coordinating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and issuing an order authorizing construction and operation of the project.