The Shell contractor that broke environmental and maritime safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season in Alaska was sentenced on Friday, Dec. 19, to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, serve four years’ probation and undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program that will be subjected to the scrutiny of third-party experts.
Sponsors of an ordinance that would ban commercial marijuana facilities in Anchorage say the municipality should take a “wait and see” approach to commercial pot, while critics say the ordinance would cost Anchorage a potential leadership role in developing statewide marijuana policy.Suzanna Caldwell
The Alaska Aerospace Corp. said Friday it hopes to drum up new business for the state-owned rocket range in Kodiak and has started negotiations on a $21 million incentive plan with Lockheed Martin. Dermot Cole
Multilevel or pyramid marketing programs frequently run afoul of state and federal criminal laws as unlawful Ponzi schemes. As a result, employers need to realize “it may be a spectacularly bad idea to terminate or pressure an employee for refusing to participate in one.” Lynne Curry