Energy

Republicans in the Legislature are brushing off efforts by Gov. Bill Walker to ease the conflict in Juneau over gas line proposals -- even though there's no plan that's actually guaranteed to get a line built.Nathaniel Herz
The United States should move swiftly to harness the tremendous oil and gas reserves locked under its Arctic waters while the industry improves the equipment used to drill wells and sop up spills, according to a government advisory committee report released Friday. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Oleg Kozhemyako as the acting governor of the petroleum-rich Sakhalin island region in Russia’s Far East after dismissing Alexander Khoroshavin, who was arrested earlier this month and accused of taking $5.6 million suspicion of bribery.Alaska Dispatch News
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Oil prices rose sharply Thursday amid concerns that fighting in the Arabian Peninsula between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen could disrupt supplies. Stanley Reed
The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study released Friday. Jonathan Fahey | Associated Press
The Obama administration is set to announce within days whether it will reaffirm a seven-year-old government auction of oil leases in the Chukchi Sea — a decision critical to Shell's plans to resume drilling in those Arctic waters this summer. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
New appointees to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. expressed support Monday for a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing. Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
The Alaska House has passed legislation that would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker.Associated Press
Republican legislators have proposed a new, broad-based fuel tax to prop up the state’s oil spill program, which is in the red after years of falling revenues from a surcharge on North Slope oil. Nathaniel Herz