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BLM tells Alaska LNG to pay for timber, mitigate impacts on federal land

Alaska LNG ProjectLLC developers must take more measures to protect federal land fromproject impacts, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said.

In comments submitted to FERC on Sept. 26, the BLM detailed"significant short and long-term impacts on the ecology" where theAlaska LNG project's proposed pipeline would run. Part of the pipeline would berouted through federal land, and the BLM is processing the project'sright-of-way application.

The public lands agency said the developers will have to buy thetimber that would be cleared to make way for the infrastructure. Thedevelopers' proposed plan to salvage timber when practical "will not beacceptable, and no project use or disposal of timber can occur prior topurchasing the timber," the BLM said. 

Developers must also be more precise in describing theirmitigation efforts, the agency said, setting forth set timelines and specificmeasures to limit the project's impact on ecology and wildlife. 

The entire project has been estimated to cost between $45billion and $65 billion and could include about 800 miles of 42-inch-diameterpipeline with eight compressor stations connecting a gas treatment plant on theNorth Slope to the LNG terminal in Nikiski.

Exxon MobilCorp., ConocoPhillipsCo., BPplc and the AlaskaGasline Development Corporation have all served as partners in theproject, which is not expected in service until 2025 at the earliest. TheWall Street Journal reported that Exxon has decided to the project. (PF14-21)