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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday released a draft environmental study of oil development in the Chukchi Sea, completing one of the many legal steps required before drilling resumes in the remote Arctic area where Shell conducted a mishap-laden drilling program two years ago.

Yereth Rosen
The recent termination of the Kachemach unit highlights the challenges in the crowded area between the Kuparuk River and Colville River units, where numerous companies are simultaneously pursuing exploration projects.Eric Lidji
A Furie executive says wintering the gas production platform in Seattle was the least expensive, least risky option.Alan Bailey
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