Energy

Looking further into the future, Shell is betting on offshore oil fields in Alaska, which chief executive Ben van Beurden described as having the potential to produce more energy than the biggest projects in the Gulf of Mexico.Danica Kirka | Associated Press
The protesters dangling from Portland's highest bridge early Wednesday have enough water and food to last for days and can hoist themselves out of the way of other vessels, Greenpeace says.Steven DuBois | Associated Press
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s push to lift the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil inched forward Tuesday with a critical Senate committee hearing on the issue.  But testimony from a union leader revealed there is fervent opposition to lifting the ban.Erica Martinson
Some of the largest American companies are backing President Barack Obama’s push for an international climate agreement this year, the White House announced today.Erica Martinson
Re-Locate, a Kivalina group working to move the community threatened by coastal erosion, was one of 38 recipients -- among 1,300 applicants --  of a grant from ArtPlace America. The money will be used to integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development.Jillian Rogers
Sen. Lisa Murkowski launched a new effort Thursday to secure state revenues from offshore oil drilling and lift the ban on U.S. exports of crude oil.Erica Martinson
Bill Bennett, British Columbia's minister of energy and mines is expected to visit Alaska in August at the invitation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Mallott visited B.C. in May to discuss trans-boundary water issues. Associated Press
Two of Canada’s northern territories, along with several of its provinces, are establishing a task force to reduce the use of diesel-generated electricity in their remote communities. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
The Interior Department gave Shell approval Wednesday for exploratory drilling at two sites in the Chukchi Sea, but Shell won’t be allowed to drill deep into oil-bearing zones and will face limits to avoid impacting walruses in the region.Erica Martinson
A federal judge ordered that the state of Alaska cover the legal costs of the winning side in a lawsuit over opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Lisa Demer