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Revisions Required For Shell’s 2014 Chukchi Exploration Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking more information from Shell about their 2014 Chukchi Exploration Plan. Until Shell provides the agency with the answers for dozens of requested revisions, BOEM will not consider their application complete.

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December 12, 2013 - 5:40 pm
BOEM Reviews Lease Sale Comments

BOEM Reviews Lease Sale Comments

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management received comments this week on the proposed 2016 lease sale for the Chukchi Sea. Unlike lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, new Arctic lease sales are targeted – certain areas may not be up for auction.

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December 5, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Alaska Searching For Methane Hydrate Research Partners

The state of Alaska is looking for partners to research a new source of natural gas called methane hydrates. It could bring in new revenue for the state far down the road, but some environmentalists worry the risk of releasing that much methane is too great.

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December 2, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Ahtna Plans LNG Wells Near Glennallen

Ahtna Incorporated is planning to develop natural gas wells near Glennallen in order to supply local communities. They recently licensed 44,000 acres of state land about 15 miles west of Glenallen. They would be the first organization to go beyond exploration all the way to production.

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November 26, 2013 - 4:06 pm
Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat

Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat

As energy bills are rising for most people across the state, the Alaska SeaLife Center’s are actually dropping. That’s because they’re using the cold waters of Resurrection Bay to heat their building.

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November 22, 2013 - 3:51 pm

ConocoPhillips Adding New Drill Rig To Kuparak Oil Field

ConocoPhillips announced Wednesday that they are adding another new drill rig to the Kuparak oil field on the North Slope. This is the second rig they’ve added this year since the new oil tax bill was signed into law. The drill rig they installed in May is producing 1,600 barrels of oil per day.

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November 20, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Revises Hydro Fracking Regs

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has revised their proposed hydraulic fracking regulations again. Some of the new rules aimed to give the public more information about the chemicals used in the controversial oil and gas extraction method. However in the latest version, companies are allowed to withhold some information from the public in order to protect their trade secrets.

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November 20, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Large Projects Aim To Reduce Railbelt Energy Costs

The state is currently putting money toward five different large-scale projects aimed at reducing energy costs on the Railbelt. Some, like subsidizing Cook Inlet gas production, impact energy costs now and in the near term. Other projects, like the proposed LNG pipeline wouldn’t affect prices for at least a decade. The question is—should the state be supporting all of the projects?

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November 14, 2013 - 5:15 pm
How Long Will The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Be Viable?

How Long Will The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Be Viable?

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is the 800-mile long backbone of the state’s energy infrastructure. It’s built to transport up to 2 million barrels of oil per day, but these days it carries only about a quarter of that.

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November 2, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Artist's rendering of the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam. Courtesy AEA.

Residents Concerned About How Susitna-Watana Dam May Affect Lifestyle, Habitat

As Alaska’s natural gas prices continue to rise, the Alaska Energy Authority is working on a large-scale project aimed at steadying Railbelt energy costs and moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels. But critics say the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam could cost the lifestyles and livelihoods of Alaskans who rely on the river.

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October 31, 2013 - 10:00 am
Point Thomson development moving ahead

Point Thomson development moving ahead

Soon after Alaska became a state, nearly 50 years ago, Exxon Mobil began buying leases at Pt. Thomson on the eastern side of the North Slope. Now, after a seven year legal battle with the state, they are starting to develop the area.

October 21, 2013 - 3:47 pm
Great Bear says Alaska’s Shale has Great Potential

Great Bear says Alaska’s Shale has Great Potential

The CEO of Great Bear Petroleum says their new 3-D seismic data confirms a promising new oil resource in the shale rocks just south of Prudhoe Bay. Ed Duncan said they received the data late last month and are still examining it, but “every source rock that we predicted to be present, is present.”

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October 7, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Oil, Gas Exploration May Increase In Chukchi Sea

More areas of the Chukchi Sea may open up for oil and gas exploration in 2016, but the decision has not been made yet. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is calling for comments on a proposed lease sale in the area. But this time they are doing things differently.

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September 27, 2013 - 4:36 pm

State Reviews Fracking Regulations

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is reviewing a set of regulations aimed at alleviating public concerns about hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in the state.

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September 23, 2013 - 6:06 pm

State To Review Old Statutes Delaying Renewable Energy Projects

It may become easier for independent energy producers to provide power to the grid. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has agreed to review out-of-date statutes that some say are holding up renewable energy projects.

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September 11, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Alaska Cultural Connections: Historical Trauma

Many rural Alaskan communities are trying to revive their cultures and languages. But some mental health experts say that in order to revitalize their communities and their families, they first have to acknowledge and heal from the pains of the past. APRN’s Anne Hillman learned about historical trauma as part of an on-going series looking at Culture in Alaska.

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June 7, 2013 - 10:25 am

Alaska Cultural Connections: Food And Culture

Some people crave ice cream or fresh vegetables or pasta. Others prefer dried fish or caribou. As part of our series exploring culture in rural and urban Alaska, APRN’s Anne Hillman found out how strong links between food and culture are common throughout the state.

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May 13, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Alaska Cultural Connections: Whaling

The spring whaling season is underway on Alaska’s North Slope. The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission reports St Lawrence Island whaling crews are having success with four bowheads landed by Savoonga hunters and two for Gambell. Whalers on the mainland coast are ready and waiting.

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April 30, 2013 - 5:22 pm

Alaska Cultural Connections: Growing Up

Frank Matumeak was born in Barrow in 1948. His mother was required to move there to attend the Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Though his family had to conform somewhat to the American education system, he said his childhood was still ruled by the seasons. As part of our series looking at culture in Alaska, APRN’s Anne Hillman spoke with Matumeak about what life was like when he was growing up.

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April 23, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Alaska Cultural Connections: Dying In Rural Alaska

According to the Pilot Station Traditional Council, in 2011, community members spent more than $764,000 on Bingo, pull-tabs and raffle tickets. After paying out prizes and buy supplies, the tribe has $57,000 left for the community support fund.

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April 22, 2013 - 5:15 pm