The Native Village of Point Hope, a tribal government that has for years been a staunch opponent of Arctic offshore oil development, is withdrawing from a 2008 lawsuit that sought to block or overturn the U.S. Mineral Management Service’s Chukchi Sea lease sale held that year.

Yereth Rosen and Dermot Cole
ConocoPhillips Alaska on Monday announced it will move ahead with a development expected to add up to 8,000 barrels of crude to the trans-Alaska pipeline each day, crediting Alaska tax reform, despite low oil prices that have delayed projects around the world. Alex DeMarban
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources granted Shell permits for three offshore anchorages near Unalaska for oil rigs, despite concerns from community members.Jim Paulin
The state gas line corporation comes under fire in the House Resources Committee as it describes early efforts that could lead to a beefed-up Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. Alex DeMarban
The new board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. on Thursday unanimously asked staff to begin working on two scenarios for beefing up the smaller proposed natural gas pipeline.Alex DeMarban
The federal pipeline coordinator’s office will shut down Saturday but may be resurrected with new objectives if Congress accepts funding provided in the president's budget. Alex DeMarban
An apparently surprise discovery of natural gas on the Kenai Peninsula has sparked a dispute: What to do with tens of millions of dollars in potential profit? Alex DeMarban
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Oil prices rose sharply Thursday amid concerns that fighting in the Arabian Peninsula between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen could disrupt supplies. Stanley Reed
The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. Jonathan Fahey | Associated Press