The Willow project would be the North Slope’s westernmost oil field, and the Department of the Interior says the project could produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil a day, over 30 years.
By Tuesday, the state was reporting more than 7,500 known active coronavirus cases, and nearly every region in Alaska was in a “high-alert level,” meaning there’s widespread community transmission “with many undetected cases and frequent discrete outbreaks.”
State health officials are warning that the virus is in an acceleration phase, with widespread community transmission throughout much of Alaska.
Supporters say Ballot Measure 1 would fix Alaska’s oil tax law and fill the state’s deficit. But those opposed argue it would lead to less investment in Alaska and jeopardize the state’s economy.
The complaint does not say whether the State of Alaska was defrauded, but according to SAExploration’s most-recent annual report, Alaskan Seismic Ventures collected millions of dollars in tax credits.
The recent lawsuits over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and National Petroleum Reserve are a lot to keep track of. Casey Grove spoke to Tegan Hanlon to try to sort it all out.
The potential lease sale would cover about one million acres of the inlet and would be held next year.
Two lawsuits filed Monday argue that the BLM’s environmental review process failed to follow numerous laws meant to protect wildlife, land, water and people.
Dr. Anne Zink cautioned that the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise and fall. She said the future of the virus in the state will depend on how well Alaskans continue to follow preventative measures like wearing face masks and social distancing.
The Anchorage man was in his 70s, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. He’s the 25th Alaskan whose death is linked to the infectious disease.