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With the federal environmental review process recently launched for a massive Alaska LNG project, the federal gas pipeline coordinator’s office is looking for direction from the White House on whether its mission will change.

Alex DeMarban
There are no commitments in the new LNG agreement between Japan and Alaska -- very similar to another document signed in 2013 -- but both parties assert that signing memos to cooperate is mutually beneficial and they need to keep talking.Dermot Cole
Oil giant BP will cut close to one-fifth of its Alaska workforce of employees and direct contractors as a result of the sale of a chunk of its Alaska assets to Hilcorp, the company announced Monday.Alex DeMarban
ExxonMobil told Alaska regulators again last week not to expect an increase in oil production on the North Slope anytime soon, despite repeated claims by supporters in the months preceding the vote on whether to repeal the MAPA oil tax system that a long-term decline had ended.Dermot Cole
Participants in Alaska’s giant LNG project last week submitted a formal request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to pave the way for an environmental review required for federal approval of the project. Alex DeMarban
The Alaska Energy Authority believes that if the six electric utilities serving Alaska's Railbelt unified under one entity, the savings to customers could exceed $140 million. But convincing the utilities could be difficult.Sean Doogan
In the latest revision of its Arctic drilling plan, Shell envisions two rigs drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's Northwest coast and operating as each other's required backup. The revised plan doesn't necessarily mean the company will drill in 2015, but it keeps that possibility open.Yereth Rosen
It might be a stretch to say the debate Tuesday night at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub made oil taxes sexy, but at least the popular Anchorage venue attracted a sell-out crowd and prompted a back-and-forth that was, well, more fluid than some of the past debates on the topic.Alex DeMarban
In a $450 million deal, Thyssen Petroleum North Slope Development LLC, JK Tech Holdings Ltd. and MEP Alaska LLC have acquired a 90 percent interest in the Alaska oil and gas business of the North Slope independents AVCG LLC and Ramshorn Investments Inc.Eric Lidji
Alaska government and industry officials came away from a four-day trip to Asia last week with a hopeful outlook for the future of the state's long-sought Alaska LNG project.Alex DeMarban

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