Energy

In a brief summer drilling season off Alaska's Arctic shore, Shell Oil Co.'s Ann Pickard is on the hunt for a giant oil field, and she thinks she knows where to find it.

Hal Bernton and Coral Garnick
Known for having an adversarial relationship with the oil industry as a private attorney, Bill Walker made his first trip as governor to the state’s North Slope oil fields this week, taking a three-day tour of the widespread facilities and at times discussing prickly issues with oil officials.Alex DeMarban
Oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline dropped by nearly 200,000 barrels a day in early May due to a combination of a slowdown in tanker traffic out of Valdez and limited storage at the terminal there, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said. Dermot Cole
For the first time in its 74-year history, Matanuska Electric Association is on its own. The Palmer-based electric cooperative became “self-generating” at midnight May 1, when the new $324 million Eklutna Generation Station started cranking out power.Zaz Hollander
Federal regulators approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to resume oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean three years after a series of mishaps, mistakes and legal problems forced the company to temporarily shelve its drilling program. Yereth Rosen

For the first time in its 74-year history, Matanuska Electric Association is on its own. The Palmer, Alaska-based electric cooperative became “self-generating” at midnight May 1 when the new $324 million Eklutna Generation Station started cranking out power as a utility.

Zaz Hollander and Loren Holmes
Greenpeace protesters must stay away from Royal Dutch Shell’s drill ships and support vessels, the anchor lines and buoys attached to them and the Barrow airport hangar and terminal that Shell is seeking to use to support its planned oil-exploration operations off Alaska's Arctic coast, a federal judge ruled Friday. Yereth Rosen
The New York Stock Exchange warned Miller Energy Resources that its stock price has dropped so low it may be delisted and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has levied a $446,000 fine for alleged violations on oil and gas facilities in Cook Inlet.Dermot Cole,Alex DeMarban
A spokesman for the activists said they are protesting Shell's plan for Arctic drilling by chaining themselves to a support ship for the project.Associated Press
A hearing in Anchorage on Aug. 21 will feature testimony from both sides on Chuitna River water rights. Already, Alaska's Department of Natural Resources has received 7,500 comments in favor of water rights. Laine Welch