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Climate assessment warns of dire effects in Alaska

...absorbs more heat, leading to more warming. An open Arctic Ocean makes the region more accessible for marine traffic and oil drilling but increases risks of spills and eliminates habitat for polar bears, walrus and ice-dependent seals. Without protective...
Report: Poor management led to Shell grounding

...ANCHORAGE - A Coast Guard report says poor risk assessment and management were factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012.The report released Thursday also says Alaska's tax laws influenced the decision...
Oil drilling on nation's Arctic coast put on ice

AMSTERDAM - Oil companies' rush to find reserves off Alaska's Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region - and possibly withdraw for good.
Judges say Arctic offshore lease sale was flawed

...Native subsistence hunters."President Obama now has the chance to do right by the Arctic and the planet by keeping oil drilling out of the Chukchi Sea," said Earthjustice attorney Eric Grafe, who represented the groups, in a prepared statement...
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In the stacks: New memoirs and biographies

...skyrocketed. After the war, Letterman resigned from the Army to head west, and in California, he started a family and an oil drilling business. Though that never succeeded, Letterman is still remembered for dropping the military mortality rate from 26 percent...
University of Wash. gets Future of Ice program

...are working on ways to forecast sea-ice coverage, which could be valuable to military vessels, fishing fleets and oil-drilling operations."There's a lot to be learned that will be useful to people," he said.Bringing together experts...
Russian amnesty vote a cherry on Putin's year

...members of the punk music group Pussy Riot, and for 30 people facing charges over a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling.The move appears to take off the table two high-profile cases that could sour the atmosphere for the Olympic Winter...
USGS releases series of new topographical maps of Alaska

...the new digital maps Tuesday at a press briefing in Anchorage in which she also discussed climate change, offshore oil drilling and a proposed controversial road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.The U.S. Geological Survey, part...
State issues permit for waste-disposal site

KENAI - A Texas-based waste disposal company will be allowed to store as much as 10 million gallons of oil drilling waste in a small Alaska community.The permit issued last week by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation allows AIMM...
Shutdown cost 6.6 million work days

...felt across the country, from a three- or four-day delay in Alaska's crab fishing season, as well as delayed oil drilling permits in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah. Home loan decisions were delayed for 8,000 applicants under a Department...


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