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    Training the next generation of TAPS workers

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 23, 10:57

    Alaska kids can’t escape childhood without a tale or two about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Eirik Henry heard the stories. He knew he was going to be a welder before he could walk. “I think it’s a lot of fun to put something together that someone else can’t.” Henry says he may not have understood the […]

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    The women who built the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 22, 11:33

    It took a small army to build the Trans-Alaska pipeline. Seventy-thousand workers flocked to Valdez and all the way up to the rugged North Slope to bring oil to market and wealth into state coffers. Just 1,000 of those workers were women and some of them faced down sexism and tough working conditions to do […]

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    Alyeska Pipeline is trying to engineer their way out of low oil flow in TAPS

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 21, 9:12

    June 30 is a big anniversary for one of the most famous pipeline systems in the world. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is 40-years-old. However, age and decreased oil flow are presenting problems that threaten to shut it down. KTVA traveled 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez to show you how operators are trying to engineer […]

  • Energy

    TAPS faces new challenges on its 40th anniversary

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 20, 7:39

    To say that Alaska depends on oil is a gross understatement. Oil revenue makes up 90 percent of the state’s budget, which lately, has been billions short. That’s because oil production is declining rapidly. Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the Trans-Alaska pipeline or TAPS. Eight-hundred miles of pipeline pump life into Alaska’s economy. Forty years […]

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    Zinke signs order to evaluate resources in NPRA, ANWR

    by Emily Carlson on May 31, 18:16

    Wednesday, the Secretary of the Interior declared the war on North American energy to be over. Secretary Ryan Zinke signed the first secretarial order in Alaska Wednesday afternoon at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference. The order helps evaluate how to develop resources in two locations on the North Slope: the National Petroleum […]

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    Secretary Zinke supports more offshore drilling in Alaska

    by Dave Leval on May 30, 21:48

    Ryan Zinke made it clear: it’s no longer business as usual at the U.S. Department of Interior. “The new Interior is about being a partner,” said the secretary, who emphasized the role of Alaska Natives. “I think they should have a greater voice. We’re all partners, but, I think that voice needs to be heard, […]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Oil company claims significant North Slope discovery

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 04, 8:43

    About 50 miles from Barrow, Caelus Energy Alaska said the company’s Smith Bay site could produce “200,000 barrels per day of light, highly mobile oil.” If their claim is true, it could be one of the biggest oil discoveries Alaska has ever seen and could help sustain the oil industry, which has had a bleak […]

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    ConocoPhillips Alaska sets drilling record

    by Daniella Rivera on Sep 29, 21:54

    At a time when there’s no clear end in site for plummeting oil prices, good news from the North Slope is rare, but on Thursday ConocoPhillips Alaska announced its set a new drilling record at drill site CD5, the first drill site in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska (NPRA). CD5 is now home to the longest […]

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    State officials criticize federal land management plan

    by Associated Press on Aug 08, 6:39

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The federal government’s new plan to open up one-quarter of the land it manages in eastern Alaska to mining and oil development has received criticism from state officials and leaders who say it restricts development in the state. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/2b7pcmj ) that the Bureau of Land Management’s […]

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    Japanese utility companies optimistic about investing in Alaska’s natural gas

    by Liz Raines on Jul 26, 20:55

    Gov. Bill Walker wants to lower the price tag on Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project, AKLNG. Currently at $45 to $65 billion, it’s one of the most expensive in the world. Now, a Japanese energy developer, Resources Energy, Inc. (REI), says its utility companies would be willing to chip in for cheaper gas. Alaska currently partners […]