Arctic Slope Regional Corp. has long been one of the most aggressive advocates for opening ANWR to oil development.
BP, which has been a major employer in Alaska for decades, is planning to sell all of its assets in the state to Hilcorp, a smaller, private company.
The purpose is to make sure the State of Alaska and its people are represented as the sale moves forward.
The Washington Post made the North Slope village of Nuiqsut front page news under a provocative headline: “Alaska’s warming, but can’t quit big oil.”
Long before it announced its withdrawal from AFN, there were signs of a schism between ASRC and the most influential Native advocacy group.
Arctic Slope Regional Corp. would be the only Alaska Native corporation in the state not to be a member of the Alaska Federation of Natives.
Armstrong Oil and Gas, which found and then sold a massive field on Alaska’s North Slope, just bought up about 1 million acres in oil leases in the National Petroleum Reserve.
A recent report compiled by the Army Corps of Engineers and researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks documents erosion and other environmental threats facing communities in rural Alaska.
An internal investigation found that the drill operator was distracted and that there were “contradictory requirements” when it came to workers’ exposure to overhead loads.
A major proposed North Slope oil project is running into local opposition from residents of the village of Nuiqsut, who are already partially surrounded by development and wary of more.