While not technically in Arctic waters, Nome has been identified by Army Corps officials as the most practicable northern location for harboring large vessels in Western Alaska.
The hearing and subsequent order came nearly five years after the leak because former AOGCC Chair and state Sen. Hollis French had to take the case to the Alaska Supreme Court to get his day in front of the commission.
A wave of new federal money could help change the course of Alaska’s beleaguered state ferry system, but only if it is invested wisely, stakeholders say.
A judge granted the state’s motion to join the National Marine Fisheries Service as a defendant in a lawsuit filed attempting to reopen federal waters of central Cook Inlet to salmon fishing.
The plan approved under Trump made a total of about 18.5 million acres on the western North Slope open to oil and gas development. The plan approved in 2013 under the Obama administration opened just more than 11.7 million acres.
To date, just three states have taken on wetlands permitting from the federal government: Michigan, New Jersey and Florida.
The 60-day notice, which is required before suing federal agencies over many regulating statutes, states that the authorizations for 88 Energy’s drilling program don’t include incidental take approvals for polar bears.
Alaska Community Foundation CEO Nina Kemppel called the coming funding injection a “huge” deal for nonprofits.
Ousted commissioner Hollis French implored the AOGCC to preserve its authority over petroleum resources wasted in the state and to hold those responsible accountable.
The westernmost oil project on the North Slope, GMT-2 is expected to reach peak oil production of about 30,000 barrels per day.
The drop-off from record income quarters for local banks corresponds to the wind-down of the Small Business Administration’s extremely popular Paycheck Protection Program.
In early September, the state Supreme Court issued an order in French’s favor. The subsequent hearing before the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is scheduled for Wednesday.
The 2021 run of 66.1 million fish was 32% above the state’s preseason forecast and the latest in a string of very strong sockeye returns in Bristol Bay.
Alaska-based oil and gas analysts noted the administration did not go out of its way to target Arctic leasing and development as some expected, which could be viewed as a victory of sorts for the industry in the state.
The Biden administration in November kicked off a 60-day comment period on their plan to reverse the Trump administration’s wholesale repeal of the rule.