A proposal by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy would strip the North Slope Borough of its power to collect nearly $400 million in property taxes from oil companies each year. The idea gets at a longstanding question: How much money from oil should stay in the North Slope, where it’s pumped from the ground?
An EPA report shows Alaska’s Red Dog Mine is a major contributor of chemical releases in the region. But state officials claim the numbers delivered by the EPA do not reflect the risk of exposure to the public.