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Forgotten Nikiski LNG proposal had full environmental review

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Forgotten Nikiski LNG proposal had full environmental review

The plans called for a new liquefied natural gas plant along the industrial strip at Nikiski, Alaska, one that would send Cook Inlet gas – a lot of it – to California.

Although it was the sort of mega-project that causes Alaska economic boosters to salivate – it would have cost more than $1 billion in 1970s dollars – few seem to recall ever hearing of it.

But in its day, this project – called Western LNG – got something no other proposed large-scale U.S. liquefaction plant had ever received: Full environmental impact study scrutiny under the new National Environmental Policy Act. And its EIS is an instructive glimpse into whether there are any obvious environmental tripwires ahead for siting the Alaska LNG plant at Nikiski.

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