Alaska’s congressional delegation says restrictions on land proposed for the 36,000-square mile National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska could create problems for Arctic offshore drilling.
Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young say the restrictions proposed to protect wildlife in the 36,000-square mile reserve could add expense to or block a pipeline transporting oil from the Chukchi Sea to the trans-Alaska pipeline.
Begich says the Bureau of Land Management’s new preferred alternative seems to close off several options for building a pipeline across the reserve.
Murkowski said she’s hearing concerns that a non-direct route will make a pipeline so expensive that an oil company could instead consider moving crude in tankers instead of the 800-mile pipeline.
- A damaged traffic light prompted authorities to close lanes of Egan drive until repairs could be made. The light has been fixed.
- The window of a house was shot out in the Auke Bay area Saturday. No one was injured.
- The Walker administration has tasked the Southeast Conference to come up with reform recommendations for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
- At least 50 First Nations and tribes signed a treaty Thursday opposing tar sands expansion plans that they view as "a collective threat to our Nations."