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BLM clears way for petroleum reserve development

BLM clears way for petroleum reserve developmentBLM has issued a decision that it says will open the way for the first oil and gas production from federal lands in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Upon filing settlement legislation, Walker drops Point Thomson lawsuit

Upon filing settlement legislation, Walker drops Point Thomson lawsuitGov. Bill Walker has introduced legislation clarifying the powers of the attorney general when settling litigation related to Alaska’s oil and gas resources.

Regulators stand behind Chukchi lease sale

Regulators stand behind Chukchi lease saleFederal regulators are suggesting that Shell’s disputed oil leases in the Chukchi Sea be left intact.

B.C. mine gets OK to test mill, tailings pond

B.C. mine gets OK to test mill, tailings pondA new copper and gold mine in Southeast Alaska’s Stikine River watershed is a significant step closer to opening.

‘Gremlins’ partially to blame for Sitka outage

‘Gremlins’ partially to blame for Sitka outageAll of Sitka lost power for a little under an hour Wednesday afternoon when a protective relay tripped at the Jarvis St. diesel substation.

As House leadership calls for end to Point Thomson litigation, attorney request extension

As House leadership calls for end to Point Thomson litigation, attorney request extensionAttorneys challenging the Point Thomson settlement have requested more time to prepare a new brief on the case.

Pipeline coordinator still shuttering shop while Obama calls for funding

Pipeline coordinator still shuttering shop while Obama calls for fundingThe current coordinator, Larry Persily, says he’s still shutting down his offices in Anchorage and Washington, D.C.pipl

Juneau joins chorus of communities calling for international mine review panel

Juneau joins chorus of communities calling for international mine review panelJuneau has joined a growing number of communities to call for an international panel to review mines along the U.S.-Canada border near Southeast Alaska.

Arctic standards won’t be ready for Shell’s return

Arctic standards won’t be ready for Shell’s returnAfter Shell’s troubled 2012 drilling season in the far north, the Interior Department began working on Arctic-specific standards for offshore drilling.

Legislature plans for gasline special session

Legislature plans for gasline special sessionRepublican leaders expect that the Legislature will go ahead with a special session in October focused on natural gas policy.