Energy

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed state operating and capital budgets Monday, approving $9.8 billion in spending sought by the Legislature but vetoing a possible $200 million in controversial oil tax credits.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
 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