The Coast Guard is relaxing certification standards for Shell’s oil spill containment barge. The company convinced regulators the Arctic Challenger should be considered a mobile unit. Among other things, that means its mooring system only needs to be able to weather a 10-year storm, as opposed to the more rigorous 100-year standard for fixed platforms.
A few more than a dozen activists gathered at the national headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency protesting Shell’s request for a waiver from the Clean Air Act.
Alaska Representative Don Young’s resolution now moves to the U.S. Senate, where Alaska Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski have sponsored companion legislation.
Past and present Governors, Juneau residents look forward to the next hundred years of history to be made at the landmark structure.
Leaders of Backbone plan to hold a news conference next week in Anchorage to support the coalition, which Backbone says has a record of “putting Alaska first.”
You’re invited to a party at the Governor’s House today. It’s the celebration of the house’s 100th anniversary. There will be music and refreshments on the north lawn as well as guided tours of the house’s first level.
The federal government is allocating a quarter of a million dollars to Pacific states to deal with debris washing ashore from the Japanese tsunami. Alaska’s senators say the amount is astonishingly low, and more needs to be on the way.
The governor says federally mandated programs should be paid for with federal dollars. In 2011, the administration declined to apply for a federal grant that would have provided up to $1-million to help the state set up an exchange.
The state of Alaska is suing to block the federal government from enforcing regulations for emissions from cruise ships and marine cargo carriers.
After being criticized for rushing a bill into the special session this year that some considered ill-conceived, the Parnell administration is now seeking a consultant to advise it on oil taxes.