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.
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
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
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