A lease sale for tracts in state areas on Alaska's North Slope attracted interest from independents exploring for shale oil and from a subsidiary of Armstrong, which beat out ConocoPhillips for Colville River tracts near the NPR-A, where Conoco already has a project.

Yereth Rosen
Norwegian oil company Statoil has announced the closure of its Anchorage office as it withdraws from Alaska, exiting leases in the Chukchi Sea “no longer considered competitive within Statoil’s global portfolio.”Alex DeMarban,Chris Klint
Audie Setters, a Texas consultant hired last fall under former Gov. Sean Parnell but retained by Gov. Bill Walker, said his contract ended on Monday and was not renewed, part of an amicable parting as the project heads toward a possible slowdown.Alex DeMarban
Ann Pickard, who took the reins of Shell's exploration efforts in Alaska's Arctic offshore waters after the company's troubled 2012 drilling season, will join the board of Houston-based construction company KBR in December and retire from Shell in February.Alaska Dispatch News
For the third time since the late 1990s, federal regulators have launched an environmental review for a plan to develop Liberty, an Arctic offshore oil field in federal waters off Alaska's North Slope that has languished without development.Yereth Rosen
A slow leak in an underground section of the trans-Alaska pipeline has been sealed, according to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.Alex DeMarban
Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says the company will reflect on its decision to consider drilling off the coast of Alaska but voiced his regret that the prospect couldn't be made to work out.The Associated Press
Gov. Bill Walker and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark have signed a cooperative agreement, committing to work together on issues of shared interest, including the ongoing discussion over Canadian mining impacts on Alaska waters.The Associated Press
Alaska's partnership with TransCanada on the $55 billion Alaska LNG project ended Tuesday after the state bought out the pipeline company's interest for $65 million. Alex DeMarban
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved new regulations that would broaden access for independent power producers hoping to sell their power through Alaska electrical utilities.Suzanna Caldwell