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The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Tuesday it is launching an environmental study of possible oil and gas leasing in federal waters of Cook Inlet, a marine area that has drawn little industry interest in the past.

Yereth Rosen
Australian independent Linc Energy has completed early engineering for a potential development at the Umiat field and is moving toward commercialization of its Cook Inlet gas supplies.Eric Lidji
The Interior Gas Utility says it will need to build a gas transmission line around the city's perimeter in order to effectively deliver natural gas throughout Fairbanks.Alan Bailey
The price of Alaska oil dipped to $82.80 on Tuesday, down about $30 a barrel since June, a decline that the experts say will either continue or not. Dermot Cole
Natural gas has been touted as a vital stepping stone in the transition away from petroleum, but a new study suggests that without clear policy gas could divert investment in renewables.Pete Spotts
The state has granted Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. a long-sought permit renewal for the Wishbone Hill mine near Palmer. Still up in the air is a federal decision on the permit, not to mention a buyer for the eventual product. Zaz Hollander
Alaska North Slope crude oil production started September at 359,150 barrels but ended the month at 533,561 barrels, a clear indication that the summer maintenance season has wound down and production levels are getting back to a seasonal norm.Kristen Nelson
NordAq Energy Inc. plans to drill a single exploration well this winter in the southern part of Smith Bay, offshore the north-central part of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, according to a plan of operations that the company has filed with Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas.Alan Bailey
AIX Energy LLC and Cook Inlet Energy LLC asked for access to the Hite Report and a corresponding section of confidential transcripts to improve their standing in bankruptcy proceedings involving Buccaneer Energy Ltd., which operates Kenai Loop through a subsidiary.Eric Lidji
The Alaska Energy Authority this week struck back at claims of flawed science leveled at Susitna River dam studies by federal biologists. Zaz Hollander