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    Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 17:11

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the future expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The order will direct his interior secretary to review a plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling. It’s Trump’s latest effort to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy and […]

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    With Snow River hydro project halted, Chugach looks to wind, solar resources

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 21, 18:02

    Chugach Electric Association halted a study on hydroelectricity on Snow River after public outcry that the dam could impact the fishery. Communications manager Julie Hasquet said the company will continue to look into other renewable forms of energy. She said there’s enough energy to meet Anchorage’s demand right now, but the bigger concern is for […]

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    State reaches milestone for gas project, but more work remains

    by Liz Raines on Apr 17, 19:03

    The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) calls it a major milestone towards a natural gas project in Alaska. On Monday, it filed paperwork for a permit to build with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). But even if Alaska secures that permit, there’s still a long way to go before the gas line project, AKLNG, would […]

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    Oil spill reported on North Slope, volume unknown

    by Associated Press on Apr 14, 15:11

    A subsidiary of BP is reporting a crude oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope. BP Exploration Alaska Inc. told state regulators Friday that oil is spraying from a well onto a pad and possibly onto the snow-covered tundra. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the spill is ongoing and the volume is unknown. BP […]

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    AEDC encourages Chugach Electric, ML&P to discuss possible merger

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 13, 15:52

    Nobody likes receiving a pricey electric bill. The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) says some power rates around the city have gotten so high, they’ve actually started to hurt businesses. “I know for a number of commercial properties in Anchorage, they have seen their electric bills go up tens of thousands of dollars on a […]

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    Coal company suspends request for permits near Chuitna River

    by Associated Press on Apr 04, 11:13

    A company that sought to develop a major coal mine 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage has suspended applications for state permits. The Peninsula Clarion reports PacRim Coal has halted its permit process for a strip mine on the west side of Cook Inlet near the village of Tyonek. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources […]

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    Next steps: Hilcorp considers repair, cleanup plans for Cook Inlet crude oil leak

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 02, 2:03

    Last updated at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, April 3 Late Sunday night, Hilcorp confirmed that the leak stopped. In a statement Monday morning, the company said all oil had been removed from the affected pipe. “Based on standard calculations for the number and size of the initial oil sheens and the amount of oil recovered […]

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    Trump signs order rolling back Obama-era environmental efforts

    by Associated Press on Mar 28, 11:42

    President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will roll back many of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming. The order is aimed at helping spur American energy jobs. The president signed the order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump says this is “the start of a new […]

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    Hilcorp lowers pressure on pipeline currently leaking into Cook Inlet

    by Dan Joling / AP on Mar 15, 11:07

    The owner of an underwater pipeline leaking processed natural gas into Alaska’s Cook Inlet has lowered pressure in the line to reduce flow. Hilcorp Alaska LLC now estimates that the pipe is leaking 193,000 to 215,000 cubic feet of gas per day in waters that contain endangered beluga whales. That’s down from company estimates of […]

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    Lawmakers stake positions on oil credits amid news of North Slope find

    by Associated Press on Mar 09, 14:28

    Members of the Alaska House used the announcement of a major oil find on the North Slope to stake out positions in the politically charged debate over oil taxes and credits. On Thursday, Spanish energy company Repsol said the find could amount to about 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable light oil. Repsol calls it the […]

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    Buildup of icicles might mean it’s time to weatherize your home

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 02, 19:33

    An excess of icicles hanging from your roof could be a sign you need to weatherize your home. Jimmy Ord, information manager with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, explained that ice buildup means heat from your house is likely leaking into your attic. The warm air melts the snow and the water can freeze and […]

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    Hilcorp pipeline leaking natural gas into Alaska’s Cook Inlet

    by KTVA / AP on Feb 16, 15:33

    Natural gas is bubbling up from an underwater pipeline in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. State regulators say the danger to public safety is minimal but the Coast Guard warned mariners to keep their distance and federal wildlife authorities expressed concern about possible harm to endangered beluga whales. The leak four miles offshore is from an 8-inch […]

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    Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

    by Associated Press on Feb 07, 12:32

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline being built to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is promising a legal battle after the Army said it’s clearing the way for completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Tribal attorney Jan […]

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    Alaska fracking projects could get new public comment period

    by Associated Press on Jan 27, 8:40

    A commission overseeing oil and gas drilling in Alaska is proposing a 10-day public comment period on applications for hydraulic fracturing projects. Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Thursday that the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s announcement comes after an environmental group’s request for a 30-day comment period and a public hearing when companies apply for fracking […]

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    Alaska gasline corporation opens office in Japan

    by Liz Raines on Jan 19, 16:28

    The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is opening an office in Tokyo, according to a Jan. 12 notice from the agency and Gov. Bill Walker. The notice specifies Masatoshi Nick Shiratori as director of the office. Aside from the notice, the decision has not been publicly announced. Grace Jang, a spokesperson for Walker, called use […]

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    Idaho company sees record silver production at Alaska mine

    by Associated Press on Jan 18, 6:35

    A metal mine in southeast Alaska has reached its highest level of silver production since an Idaho-based company took full ownership of the property in 2008. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that Hecla Mining Co. released its 2016 results last week for the Greens Creek mine west of Juneau. The mine produced 9.3 million […]

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    Demolition begins on shuttered North Pole refinery

    by Associated Press on Dec 29, 9:30

    Demolition has begun on a shuttered interior Alaska refinery that once produced jet fuel, heating oil, gasoline and asphalt from North Slope oil carried in the trans-Alaska pipeline. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Flint Hills Resources has started tearing down the North Pole Refinery. Spokesman Jeff Cook in a prepared statement says no one was […]

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    Alaska predicts rise in oil prices, drop in production

    by Associated Press on Dec 21, 7:09

    The state Department of Revenue predicts an increase in oil prices next year will provide Alaska with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports that the department’s tax division released its semi-annual report on the state’s fiscal climate this week. Tax officials expect oil prices to rise over the next […]

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    Small oil company delays loan repayment after Walker cut tax credits

    by Liz Raines on Dec 01, 20:22

    Last summer, Gov. Bill Walker postponed hundreds of millions of dollars in oil tax credit payments for the second year in a row. “We just didn’t have the cash flow to fund those at this point,” Walker explained after announcing the budget veto in July. Now, companies that were counting on those credits say they’re feeling […]

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    ConocoPhillips to sell more Cook Inlet assets

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:28

    ConocoPhillips is looking to sell its Cook Inlet natural gas plant. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports that the Houston-based energy company on Thursday announced that it is putting its Kenai LNG plant up for sale. ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Amy Burnett says the company wants to focus on operations in the North Slope. She says the plant has […]