Hundreds of landfills across the lower-48 have turned their decomposing trash piles into a source of energy. So far, there’s only one project in Alaska harnessing the power of trash to produce gas.
Hollis French, a Democrat from Anchorage, served in the Alaska Senate for 12 years. Now he’ll oversee regulation of the state’s oil and gas industry.
Two all time temperature records were set on the North Slope on July 13th and 14th. Deadhorse hit a record high of 85 on July 13th, exceeding the previous record by two degrees. The next day, Kuparuk recorded a temperature of 86 degrees.
“If I were Wal-Mart and I walked into Kmart and said, ‘Hey I need to know your marketing plan for the next six years,’ they would throw you out the door,” said Rep. Craig Johnson, a Republican from Anchorage.
St. George Island is taking steps to protect the marine environment in their backyard. The city council passed a resolution earlier this month that could establish a National Marine Sanctuary.
For the city’s residents, that means the price for electricity is likely to go up. Before the development goes any further, some community members are asking the state’s regulatory commission to take a closer look.
Gov. Walker said he’s created a new cabinet level position in his administration, an oil and gas adviser. He appointed John Hendrix to the job, who most recently worked as general manager for Apache Alaska.
According to the EPA, the Clean Water Act violations by both companies affected arctic wetlands that support wildlife like caribou, ptarmigan and geese.
The State Library, Archives and Museum opened recently in Juneau with a new display that includes a piece of the trans-Alaska pipeline as part of an exhibit on the oil industry. But the drama of the state’s current fiscal crisis puts that history in a new light.
They say Walker’s decision destroys the state’s credibility with the industry it depends on to develop oil and gas resources.