Alaska News Nightly: May 25, 2010

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Looking to Hold BP Accountable
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to flow and soil Louisiana’s coastline, Washington is asking how oil company BP should be held accountable – and what should be done in future accidents.

Oil Companies Seeking Bids for Natural Gas Pipeline
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Earlier this month TransCanada Alaska President Tony Palmer told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce that industry interest in his company’s natural gas pipeline plan has been high in the first week of their open season. TransCanada is allied with ExxonMobil in seeking bids for the pipeline over the next 90 days.  Overlapping that period in July, a second venture, formed by ConocoPhillips and BP, will also be seeking bids.

Latest Gas Line Proposal Runs onto Donlin Creek Gold Mine
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Another gas line proposal is being floated in the state, but it’s not aimed at getting North Slope gas to markets.  This latest proposal would run from Cook Inlet, across a portion of the Iditarod trail and onto the proposed Donlin Creek gold mine near the Kuskokwim River.

Yukon Flats Land Exchange Halted
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final decision on a proposed land exchange in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge with interior Native Corporation Doyon Limited on Tuesday. The agency went with its preferred alternative which means the exchange will not happen.

Dry Weather Means Pesky Problems
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
This spring’s dry weather is a mixed factor in the emergence of bugs in the interior.  University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service technician Kathy Turner says insects respond differently to dry weather.

Sealaska Earnings Rebound
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Sealaska’s earnings rebounded last year. The Southeast Alaska regional Native Corporation’s newly-released annual report shows it made some money after a year of significant losses. But it’s not fully over the economic hump.

Garage Sale Season Begins
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
It’s spring, when an Alaskan’s fancy turns to garage sales. And this past weekend, folks at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough waste transfer facility came up with a new twist on a traditional Saturday morning activity.