Energy

Oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline dropped by nearly 200,000 barrels a day in early May due to a combination of a slowdown in tanker traffic out of Valdez and limited storage at the terminal there, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said.

 

Dermot Cole
For the first time in its 74-year history, Matanuska Electric Association is on its own. The Palmer-based electric cooperative became “self-generating” at midnight May 1, when the new $324 million Eklutna Generation Station started cranking out power.Zaz Hollander
Federal regulators approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to resume oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean three years after a series of mishaps, mistakes and legal problems forced the company to temporarily shelve its drilling program. Yereth Rosen

For the first time in its 74-year history, Matanuska Electric Association is on its own. The Palmer, Alaska-based electric cooperative became “self-generating” at midnight May 1 when the new $324 million Eklutna Generation Station started cranking out power as a utility.

Zaz Hollander and Loren Holmes
Greenpeace protesters must stay away from Royal Dutch Shell’s drill ships and support vessels, the anchor lines and buoys attached to them and the Barrow airport hangar and terminal that Shell is seeking to use to support its planned oil-exploration operations off Alaska's Arctic coast, a federal judge ruled Friday. Yereth Rosen
The New York Stock Exchange warned Miller Energy Resources that its stock price has dropped so low it may be delisted and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has levied a $446,000 fine for alleged violations on oil and gas facilities in Cook Inlet.Dermot Cole,Alex DeMarban
When accidents are narrowly averted at offshore oil and gas facilities, Uncle Sam wants to know about it. There’s a new avenue for the government to get those tips, via a confidential near-miss reporting system unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
The Polar Pioneer drill ship and its accompanying tugboats do not -- for now -- belong at the port’s Terminal 5, a site currently devoted to cargo ships, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has ruled.Yereth Rosen
Janet Weiss, regional president of BP Alaska, Karen Hagedorn, the Alaska production manager for Exxon, and Laurie Schmidt, the vice president of Shell Alaska, are leading three of the four major petroleum firms doing business in Alaska -- a scenario difficult to imagine in the male-dominated industry a few short years ago. Craig Medred

The Dalton Highway near the Deadhorse airport is overrun with water on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation made a break in the highway the day before to release trapped water that was threatening the runway.

Loren Holmes