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Alaska Scientist reprimanded over emails settles case

JUNEAU - An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has retired as part of a settlement with a federal agency. Charles Monnett was briefly suspended in 2011 from his work with the U.S.
Agency releases new Chukchi drilling assessment

ANCHORAGE - Two months after a judge found flaws in the government's environmental assessment of petroleum drilling in the Chukchi Sea, federal offshore regulators released a revised analysis that was immediately denounced by environmental and Alaska Native groups.
Spill report highlights risks of Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE - A presidential panel investigating the BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico urged "utmost care" for future drilling in remote waters off Alaska's northern coasts.
Kendall to serve as OCS acting director

ANCHORAGE - James Kendall has been selected to serve as the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region.
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Actor to testify at Chukchi Sea lease hearing

ANCHORAGE - Actor Ted Danson will testify Tuesday at a public hearing in Anchorage on environmental concerns from a 2008 lease sale in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.
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BOEMRE to offer revised impact statement in Chukchi leasing case

...decision to offer 29.4 million acres of public lands at the Chukchi Sea for oil and gas leasing. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) anticipates a revised Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS...
Mat-Su awarded coastal zone imaging grant

ANCHORAGE - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will receive a federal grant of nearly $1 million to produce high-resolution aerial imagery and elevation data of its coastal management zone.
Watchdog: Investigators focused on scientific merit of suspended scientist's polar bear paper

...interviewed by the inspector general's office Tuesday. Monnett was suspended last month by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement pending results of an investigation into "integrity issues." The agency indicated...
Environmental groups pan revised federal review for Chukchi Sea offshore drilling

...Environmental and Alaska Native groups who sued to block drilling in the Chukchi Sea disagree. They say the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement still has not addressed crucial information gaps, such how drilling will affect polar...
Offshore drilling agency lifts suspension of Alaska scientist who wrote polar bear paper

...petroleum drilling.Dr. Charles Monnett was suspended from his job at the Anchorage office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement after federal inspectors said he helped a polar bear researcher prepare a proposal even...


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