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A $4.1 billion deal with the Rosneft, announced last year, is now undermined by sanctions against Russia and other economic problems in that country, Norway's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. says.

 

Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The Russian economic meltdown and the collapse of the ruble means Russian tourists are no longer streaming to Finnish Lapland for winter getaways, but travelers from Asia and elsewhere have taken their place. YLE News
Cleanup work is scheduled to start this week on six abandoned legacy oil wells that date back more than a half-century and are located near the settlement of Umiat.Yereth Rosen
The mostly Dene community of Deline is expected to be the first in Canada's Northwest Territories to gain self-governing powers; other First Nations communities in the Sahtu region are also seeking to join Deline.   CBC News
The federal government's efforts to streamline permitting for resource companies developing the Mackenzie Valley violate treaty rights and land-settlement agreements, the lawsuit claims.Khady Beye
The government is seeking to hire experts to flesh out Russia's claim to more Arctic territory and present a convincing case to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
OPINION: With the Arctic Council, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other entities and rules already keeping the Arctic peaceful and orderly, there is no need for a new Arctic treaty to sort out international relations at the top of the globe. Heather Exner-Pirot
There is more business from Vancouver, where tourists see Arctic Canada as an easier destination than Scandinavia. CBC News
A broken turbine at the Snare Falls hydroelectric plant means use of costly backup diesel, and the operators say they need some relief.CBC News
The company is citing the pullout of foreign partners and evaporation of investment support as justification for license extensions. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer