Natural gas from Canada is being looked at as the solution to high energy costs in Southeast Alaska, with a Lower 48 utility proposing to build a new gas distribution system for Juneau.

Pat Forgey
While Alaska struggles to put together a plan to export liquefied natural gas to Asian markets, a federal agency is already subsidizing competing LNG projects in two foreign countries targeting the same potential buyers.Pat Forgey
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
An independent company drilling for oil and gas in Cook Inlet is urging legislators to be cautious about changing the state's production tax credit system or risk killing off some projects.Alex DeMarban
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