Energy

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
 Shell’s hopes of boring two wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer could be jeopardized by an obscure permitting requirement that effectively bars drilling operations close to each other in waters off Alaska.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is working on a repair for a small crude oil leak found in a buried section of the trans-Alaska pipeline, but for now an employee is tending to the leak with a rag.Associated Press
Water rights advocates will be able to provide input in August on a proposal by Delaware-based PacRim Coal to empty a Chuitna River tributary that provides a habitat for salmon.Associated Press
While warming temperatures have trimmed the time operators on Alaska's North Slope can build ice roads or move vehicles over frozen ground, recent advances are allowing land users to reclaim some of the lost season.Yereth Rosen
Experts in many fields are working in one tiny Western Alaska village to try to answer a big question: If they all collaborated to improve one village, what would be possible? Lisa Demer
A Web app developed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks lets oil field companies know when it’s safe to build ice roads over sensitive areas on the North Slope.Jillian Rogers
As Royal Dutch Shell ships return to Unalaska en route to the Arctic Ocean for this summer's drilling season, the community is seeing changes, including a separate boarding and security facility to accept specially chartered flights and an increase in Coast Guard presence.Jim Paulin
A woman permanently injured while working on one of Shell's drilling support ships has sued, saying the company compromised safety in its 2012 rush to drill for oil in the Arctic. Martha Bellisle | Associated Press
Decisions about Arctic drilling should be left to those who live there, Rep. Don Young said at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Erica Martinson