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The speaker of the Alaska House plans to introduce legislation next week affecting the state’s natural gas pipeline projects, a major point of contention between Republican House leaders and independent Gov. Bill Walker.Nathaniel Herz
Randall Hoffbeck said that while an alternate gas project recently proposed by Gov. Bill Walker would be a competing project, it lags behind the major LNG project in terms of development and essentially would act as a backup as long as the major project moves forward. Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
With oil leasing now planned for waters off the East Coast, Alaska has new allies in its long-running campaign to claim a share of revenues earned from future oil production in federal offshore territory, Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday.Yereth Rosen
A water rights duel is underway at a creek flowing through a proposed strip mine west of Cook Inlet. The Chuitna Citizens Coalition filed an application to protect coho salmon. PacRim Coal LLC filed one to mine coal. Only one will prevail.  Zaz Hollander
A group of investors that gathered in Anchorage Monday said they were concerned but cautiously optimistic about Alaska's ability to weather the latest oil price drop, especially when compared to the dark economic days of the mid-1980s.Sean Doogan
Wielding the weapon of his pen, President Barack Obama this week is expected to formally reject a Republican attempt to force construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But in stopping the transit of petroleum from the forests of Alberta to the Gulf Coast, Obama will be opening the veto era of his presidency.Michael D. Shear and Coral Davenport | New York Times
The new standards address safety and environmental safeguards and grew in part out of the difficulties Royal Dutch Shell encountered during its efforts to drill in 2012. The proposed standards already apply to Shell, but if approved, would become the benchmark for all oil companies operating in U.S. Arctic waters.Yereth Rosen
Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday announced his three appointees to a key state board charged with guiding Alaska’s efforts on the construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope: Rick Halford, Joe Paskvan and Hugh Short.Nathaniel Herz
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