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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 […]

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    Dakota Access pipeline protesters congregate again at bridge after overnight clashes with police

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 21:50

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – The Latest on the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters are congregating again at a shut-down bridge on a state highway near their camp in southern North Dakota where they clashed with law officers overnight. Dallas Goldtooth with the […]

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    Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

    by Shannon Ballard/AP on Nov 18, 9:26

    The Obama Administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Artic Ocean, citing the regions fragile and unique ecosystem. It’s a victory for environmentalists such as Rick Steiner, who said industrial activity in the icy waters could hurt marine mammals. “Even if nothing goes wrong, the risks and impacts are unacceptable,” Steiner said. […]

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    Trump eyes oil billionaire, lawmaker for energy secretary

    by Julie Pace / AP White House Correspondent on Nov 14, 8:17

    An oil billionaire, a North Dakota lawmaker and a former Bush administration official are being considered to run Donald Trump’s Energy Department, according to transition planning documents obtained by The Associated Press. The documents, which are being closely scrutinized by energy lobbyists in Washington, also outline early policy priorities for a Trump administration. Topping the […]

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    Senate GOP leader says he asked Trump to back Keystone XL pipeline

    by Associated Press on Nov 11, 10:54

    The top Republican in the Senate says he asked President-elect Donald Trump to move swiftly in approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told reporters on Friday that he made the request during his Capitol Hill meeting with Trump a day earlier. President Barack Obama had vetoed legislation […]

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    Murkowski, Young to pursue Arctic refuge drilling

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Nov 09, 15:30

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski hopes to advance a proposal to allow for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, seeing an opportunity with Republicans controlling Congress and Republican Donald Trump set to become president. Murkowski told reporters she will continue chairing the Senate energy committee and will work early on to push […]

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    Utility subsidiary seeks withdrawal from state oversight

    by Associated Press on Nov 01, 6:56

    KENAI, Alaska (AP) – As the Homer Electric Association moves forward with its election to withdraw from the oversight of the state utilities regulator, the company’s subsidiary is also planning a deregulation election. The subsidiary, Alaska Electric and Energy Cooperative, operates as a separate cooperative with HEA as its only member. The Regulatory Commission of […]

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    US oil rig count up 15 this week to 539

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 14:01

    The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 539. A year ago, 787 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 432 rigs sought oil and 105 explored for […]

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    ConocoPhillips inks deal for new extended reach drill rig

    by Associated Press on Oct 06, 13:37

    Doyon Drilling Inc. has signed a contract with ConocoPhillips Alaska to build an extended reach drilling rig that can be used on Alaska’s North Slope. The rig will be used first on a field northwest of the Alpine field. ConocoPhillips says the rig will increase the area that can be drilled from one site from […]