The Alaska Department of Revenue says it won't be charging state property tax on a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel anchored within a Kodiak Island bay.
Gov. Sean Parnell says that if Arctic offshore exploration off Alaska is shut down this summer, the action "condemns" the region for decades.
An Alaska lawmaker has introduced legislation that would make it a felony to interfere with permitted oil and gas, timber or other development projects.
Environmentalists from Alaska are hoping to persuade Congressional staffers Shell Oil should not continue its drilling operation in the Arctic this summer.
A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill ship has again broke loose from two towing vessels in a Gulf of Alaska storm and run aground on Sitkalidak Island.
Coast Guard Spokesman David Mosley in Anchorage says the tug Aiviq began experiencing engine problems late last night. He says it has enough power to maintain its current position, about 48 hours from landfall.
Shell’s Noble Discoverer drill rig has had several high-profile mishaps in 2012. Now, the Coast Guard says it found problems with the rig's on-board systems during an emergency inspection in Seward.
In September, a key test of underwater oil-spill equipment was a spectacular failure.
Shell has paused its drilling operation in the Arctic just a day after starting.
Royal Dutch Shell has begun drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.