One of Alaska’s “Big Three” oil companies is stepping away from its major role in the state: BP is leaving its position as the company that oversees Prudhoe Bay.
The company hopes to construct a new oil processing facility, up to five drill sites, about 40 miles of permanent roads, a gravel mine and hundreds of miles of pipelines and seasonal ice roads.
Not long after Trump took office, former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke famously proclaimed “the only path for energy dominance is a path through the great state of Alaska.” Two and a half years into the administration, lawyers have proven to be significant impediments to that path.
Major wildfires in Southcentral Alaska have caused road closures and delays on some of the region’s busiest road corridors, forcing reroutes and long delays for locals, buses filled with tourists and trucks trying to resupply grocery stores.
Following a truck rollover earlier this summer, emails show state regulators raised concerns about how the Red Dog Mine near Kotzebue is cleaning up after spills on the sensitive tundra.
It’s the earliest walrus haulout since it began happening in 2007, according to the federal agency. The haulouts are associated with declining sea ice due to climate change.
The leading Democratic contenders for the White House are weighing in on Alaska politics and the ferry strike — at least, on social media.
Sarah James’ desire to preserve the Neetsa’ii Gwich’in way of life drove her into the thick of the battle over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
At an event in Anchorage, organizers said the governor’s budget vetoes are not the sole reason they want to pursue a recall. But the vetoes were cited repeatedly.
As prospects for a veto override look increasingly slim, organizations that provide aid to low-income, homeless and other needy Alaskans say they’re facing increasingly difficult choices.