Anglo American's recent departure from the Pebble Mine project has generated contentious debate throughout the state and in our nation's capital about the future of domestic mining.
Alaskans are fond of saying "it's our oil" when talking about the North Slope. Yet we as Alaskans have never invested in the development of "our oil.
As Alaskans consider our options for a North Slope gas project, we'll do well to remember that wishful thinking is no substitute for actual thought.
The state might allow oil exploration equipment onto North Slope tundra weeks earlier than usual this winter based on a federally funded study of how the gear affects delicate arctic terrain.
Oil industry representatives are crying foul over a plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski to increase taxes on some North Slope oil fields, arguing the governor gave them no warning before announcing the decision.
In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate campaigning, observers say Alaska's political landscape will become even more malleable to industries' designs, while state lawmakers are trying to update, and possibly shore up, campaign laws before elections later this year.
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