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Shell clears major US government hurdle for Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE - Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling program has cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to begin drilling for oil and gas off Alaska's northwestern coast this summer.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-11/shell-clears-major-us-government-hurdle
State
Shell clears major govt. hurdle for drilling

ANCHORAGE - Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling program has cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to begin drilling for oil and gas off Alaska's northwestern coast this summer.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-12/shell-clears-major-govt-hurdle-drilling
State
Company: Giant rig to be towed to Seattle

SEATTLE - A giant floating oil rig currently anchored off Port Angeles, Washington, will be towed to Seattle this week despite the Seattle mayor's assertion that the Port of Seattle can't host the rig until it gets a new land-use permit, a Royal Dutch Shell spokesman said Monday.In an email, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said the 400-foot-long Polar Pioneer was scheduled to arrive at the Port of Seattle's Terminal 5 "later in the week" to prepare for planned exploration in the Arctic Ocean.Protesters in kayaks have promised to challenge the rig.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-12/company-giant-rig-be-towed-seattle
State
Rule allows trust status for tribal lands

...Alaska are applauding a regulation that allows them to apply for federal trust status for their lands.The U.S. Department of Interior published a final regulation this week in a prolonged dispute between tribes, the agency and the state of...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-21/rule-allows-trust-status-tribal-lands
State
Judge tosses lawsuit over federal refuge closures

JUNEAU - A federal judge in Alaska has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year. U.S.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-31/judge-tosses-lawsuit-over-federal-refug
State
NOAA begins taking volunteers for whale count

...count was named the best federal volunteer program in 2012 by Take Pride in America, a federal program of the U.S. Department of Interior used to promote stewardship of public lands.NOAA says more than 2,000 volunteers participate in the program...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-12-27/noaa-begins-taking-volunteers-whale-cou
State
Parnell's oil tax numbers don't add up

The U.S. Department of Interior published a worldwide comparative analysis of taxes on oil profits. (Profits: Distributable cash remaining after production...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2012-06-10/parnells-oil-tax-numbers-dont-add
Letters
BP won't pursue Alaska project in current form

JUNEAU - BP PLC has decided not to pursue a huge oil project off Alaska's coast in its current form. It's the latest setback for BP's Liberty project, and it raises questions about how, or whether, the project will be pursued in the future.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-07-10/bp-wont-pursue-alaska-project-current-f
State
Is BP cutting production to blackmail Alaska?

BP's tankers occasionally return to Valdez with millions of gallons of Alaskan oil on board, reports The San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and the Fairbanks News Miner.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-02-13/bp-cutting-production-blackmail-alask
Opinion
Alaska Digest

A car carrier carrying nearly 5,000 autos was being towed Sunday to calmer waters inside the Bering Sea to continue efforts to right the 654-foot ship.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080706/sta_20060807005.shtml
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