Energy

Hilcorp Energy continues to grow its Alaska presence, recently inking a deal to buy the Cook Inlet assets of XTO Energy, a subsidiary of oil giant Exxon Mobil.

Alex DeMarban
A robot that looks like it's straight out of a Pixar movie is helping engineers on the trans-Alaska pipeline detect wear and tear in the line before it becomes a real problem -- and saving big bucks in the process.Alex DeMarban
A regulation meant to protect Arctic walruses prohibits simultaneous operation of two drill rigs within 15 miles of each other. That means Shell's Chukchi well sites, which are clustered together, likely won't be drilled simultaneously, an Interior spokeswoman says. Yereth Rosen
The AEA is in the early phases of examining if liquefied natural gas might be a long-term solution for Alaska communities that won't have direct access to a proposed natural gas pipeline.Petroleum News
The Alaska Energy Authority has a request for proposals out for a $50,000-$100,000 study to assist the agency in determining if liquefied natural gas is a viable long-term solution for affordable energy in Alaska communities that will not have direct access to the proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline.Petroleum News
With the existing Qugruk unit nearby, Repsol now operates two North Slope units.Eric Lidji | Petroleum News
Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.Pat Forgey
The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen
Alaska’s oil tax credits are threatening to overwhelm the state budget and are expected to grow to as much as $1.7 billion a year, costing the state more than it spends for schools and becoming its single largest expense, Gov. Bill Walker warned Wednesday.Pat Forgey
A new, comprehensive report tracks loss of northern Alaska coastline since the late 1940s. The erosion, packed into a few months a year, is some of the most dramatic in the nation, researchers say.Yereth Rosen