As early as Thursday, Hilcorp could start construction on a gravel exploration pad for the company’s Whiskey Gulch prospect.
With oil and gas leasing on pause, the federal government is gathering input as it reviews its energy program.
Former Gov. Parnell says she was a steady leader who set a respectful tone in the House.
Other parties defending the exemption include the city of Craig, statewide and Southeast chambers of commerce, electric utilities, shipping companies and resource development advocacy groups.
The lawsuit comes about two months after Democratic President Joe Biden hit pause on any new leases for oil and gas development on federal lands and waters including Alaska’s Cook Inlet and National Petroleum Reserve.
Most of the revenue from the bill would go toward highway maintenance. And it enjoys wide support from business and industry groups that say it would help reinvest in Alaska’s road infrastructure.
AEL&P can still pull power from Lake Dorothy and Snettisham southeast of Juneau because one of the transmission lines runs underground below Gastineau Peak’s Snowslide Creek.
Hilcorp purchased several blocks of federal leases in Cook Inlet in 2017, but before it can even think about exploring for oil and gas there, the company has to survey for potential geological hazards in the area.
The private access Ambler Road would run roughly 211 miles from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District in the Northwest Arctic Borough. The funding from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA, was matched by Ambler Metals, the company that hopes to use the road to access mineral deposits in the Ambler Mining District.
Waste from the nuclear plant will be trucked from Fort Greely to the Alaska Railroad yard in Fairbanks, where the material will be loaded onto railcars.