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
Imperial Oil and its offshore Arctic joint-venture partners are delaying their plans for an ambitious drilling project in the Canadian Beaufort Sea.Yereth Rosen
The nation’s top oil-producing states powered through the last recession with barely a hitch, but now the collapse in oil prices is hobbling budgets -- especially Alaska's.Pat Forgey
Royal Dutch Shell's second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington to Alaska as the company prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.Associated Press
For the second year in a row, Alaska’s gross domestic product declined more than any other state's, the result of reduced North Slope oil production and much lower prices for crude. But a state economist warns that the GDP decline wouldn't necessarily translate into broader economic decline.Pat Forgey
One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea. Dan Joling | Associated Press
A proposed coal mine near Sutton remains on track after Alaska's natural resources commissioner rejected an appeal of a permit renewal filed by six groups that oppose the Usibelli Coal Mine Wishbone Hill project. Zaz Hollander