The event was one of several hundred similar mobilizations around the country ahead of a vote expected in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Environmental groups increasingly tried to get the word out to encourage people to weigh-in. Those conversations have taken place in physical spaces and also, increasingly, online.
Corri Feigi who heads the state’s Department of Natural Resources, said BP and Hilcorp would would like the deal to go through by mid-2020. But, it could take longer.
Strategists tell subcommittee members that Russia is increasing its control over the Northern Sea Route and becoming more aggressive with U.S. allies in the Arctic.
A proposed 15-member committee would advise Congress and the Transportation secretary, and give Alaskans and coastal residents a voice as the sea ice recedes and marine traffic increases.
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.
In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.
“We know many, many people are going to lose benefits because of this,” says Cara Durr with the Food Bank of Alaska.
In selecting Joshua Kindred, President Trump veered from the process Alaska’s senators normally use.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says collecting data is key.