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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The head of the Alaska LNG project said he’s done trying to convince skeptics that the project is real and continuing to move forward.

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer told the audience at a public meeting in Anchorage this week that he’s done “preaching to the non-believers,” Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Thursday.

Corporation staff members have been holding public meetings across the state to provide information on the natural gas pipeline project and to answer questions.

At the Anchorage meeting, Meyers told the crowd of about 200 people that the project is coming and the state has to be ready.

“We’ve got some time; we’ve got some lead time, but that’s going to disappear very, very quickly,” Meyer said. “And so every person, every small company, every large company in the state has got to get ready.”

The 800-mile (1,287-kilometer) pipeline to connect Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski still has hurdles to clear and regulatory approval is a couple years away.

The corporation has estimated that the $43 billion project would create 12,000 jobs at peak construction.

The Anchorage audience had a cluster of people clad in orange shirts, member of the Laborers’ Local 341 union. Christopher Coleman-Denomie, a union member, said he was skeptical when he first heard about the project.

“But nothing has been moved forward like it has now, so everything’s falling into place and it’s going to create a lot of jobs for everybody — and I’m going to be a part of that,” Coleman-Denomie said.


Information from: KTOO-FM,