Planning for 2019 NPR-A oil lease sale begins as feds pursue opening more Arctic land to drilling

by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska's Energy Desk
- The U.S. Interior Department is re-evaluating the management plan for the reserve, aiming to open up land that's currently off-limits to oil leasing.
The RivGen operating in the Kvichak River in 2015.

Village of Igiugig one step closer to replacing diesel electricity with hydrokinetic system

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"One year from now, we’ll know whether the community would like to own this device," says IVC President AlexAnna Salmon. "If it really is going to prove itself to be an effective option for providing power."

ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay

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ConocoPhillips has announced it intends to buy 21,000 acres from Caelus Natural Resources, which includes the Nuna oil discovery.

For some Alaska villages, climate change means they may have to move

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In Western Alaska, accelerating erosion is forcing villages like Quinhagak to consider moving.

‘Pretty unbelievable,’ says Kotlik hunter who helped document recent spike in seal deaths

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Harold Okitkun counted 18 dead seals north of Kotlik -- a number he says he’s never seen or heard of other people in the village seeing.
Ringed seal

Unusually high number of seal deaths reported along the coast of the Bering and Chukchi seas

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"We don’t know if it’s lack of sea ice, or if there was a harmful algal bloom," said Julie Speegle with NOAA Fisheries. "There’s quite a range of factors."