Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is coming to the aid of an oil company’s plans to search for oil in Cook Inlet, in the face of a lawsuit filed by environmental organizations.
The Leconte and the Aurora were scheduled to provide winter ferry service to several communities in Southeast Alaska this year. Both are docked while the Alaska Marine Highway System assesses repair costs for the ships.
Juneau Superior Court Judge Daniel Schally ruled that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the commissioners of education and administration “violated their duty to faithfully execute the law” by not executing the appropriation.