The Department of Interior announced Tuesday it paid Alaska $19 million over the previous year for oil and gas development on federal land in the state.
That’s a few million more than the 2012 disbursement but a fraction of the billions Alaska reaps each year from oil development on state–owned lands like Prudhoe Bay.
The government pays states a portion of the rents, royalties and bonuses it takes in from energy and mineral production.
The state with the biggest federal disbursement in the past year was Wyoming, at nearly $1 billion. The smallest payment – a mere $38 — went to North Carolina.
- If you’re a berry picker in Southeast, you may have noticed it’s been a particularly good season for salmonberries and other varieties.
- The Sitka Seafood Festival has issued a call for help after the 2016 event was placed on hold earlier this year.
- A Native American caucus from the Pacific Northwest is in Philadelphia this week to speak for the priorities of Northwest tribes at the Democratic National Convention.
- The Petersburg Borough Assembly agrees with the governor -- on at least one thing. They favor a state income tax over a state sales tax.