Federal agency says gas line can be approved in 2020

From: KTUU

By Richard Mauer

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) – Federal authorities say they plan to make a decision on the Alaska gas pipeline project by March 2020, a timeline that brought a cheer from state officials.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is the lead agency on the $43 billion Alaska LNG project, said in a notice issued Monday afternoon that it plans to have a draft gas line environmental impact statement (EIS) by March 2019, with a final EIS nine months later.

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Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan Welcome FERC Review Schedule for AK LNG Project

From: US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today released the following joint statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a Notice of Schedule for the environmental review process for the Alaska LNG (AK LNG) project.

“This schedule is a necessary step forward for the AK LNG project and provides a clear trajectory for Alaskans’ efforts to commercialize our massive reserves of natural gas. FERC’s schedule for this project—the largest energy infrastructure project in America— outlines a completion track by 2024 or 2025, so that it can bring affordable energy to Alaskans and help meet growing global demand for this clean-burning fuel.”

China’s Global Dreams Give Its Neighbors Nightmares

From: Foreign Policy

From Russia to Central Asia, Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative triggers bad memories of Chinese imperialism.

China’s Arctic policy in line with international law: Finnish president

XINHUANET published an article titled, “China’s Arctic policy in line with international law: Finnish president”. The article reads in part as follows:

China’s first white paper on its Arctic policy is in line with the international law and the proposal to build a Polar Silk Road will promote understanding among different people, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said.

The Chinese policy document “respects international law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Niinisto told Xinhua in a recent interview.

He said it is important that Arctic players have something in common so that peace is maintained in the region. Finland is the current chair of the Arctic Council.