Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau

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Rashah McChesney is a photojournalist turned radio journalist who has been telling stories in Alaska since 2012. Before joining Alaska's Energy Desk , she worked at Kenai's Peninsula Clarion and the Juneau bureau of the Associated Press. She is a graduate of Iowa State University's Greenlee Journalism School and has worked in public television, newspapers and now radio, all in the quest to become the Swiss Army knife of storytellers.

As Alaska’s gasline corporation pushes for Asia deal, legislators push for more information

Heading into a busy year for the state corporation, questions linger about financing and project structure. Listen now

State releases agreement signed with China on gas pipeline venture

State gas corporation head says Alaskans will see significant progress on the pipeline project in 2018. Listen now

New pipeline partnership with China still a mystery

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation hasn't released details on the gasline agreement inked in China. Listen now

In China, Alaska gets new gasline partners — but no guarantees

The deal links Alaska’s gas pipeline project to three Chinese entities with deep pockets. Listen now

Alongside Trump in China, Alaska gets a new deal on its LNG

State will explore marketing, financing and investment with China for the $45 billion mega-project.

Gov. Walker, Meyer headed to China with Trump

Walker wouldn’t say if he planned to announce any deals with potential partners for Alaska’s $45 billion LNG project. Listen now

After BP leak report, state calls for review of all North Slope wells

The emergency order comes after BP blamed an April oil and gas spill on a piece of a flawed well design and melting permafrost. Listen now

Oil production is up, and DNR expects it to keep climbing

Production was up about 3 million barrels, and the state is predicting that it’s going to be up next year too. Listen now

State appeals controversial ballot initiative decision to Supreme Court

State lawyers want the Supreme Court to reverse the lower court's decision to allow the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative to move forward. Listen now

On Alaska day, lawmakers and staff met on oil and gas taxes

The meeting was public -- sort of. It wasn't easily accessible. There was no way to call in. The legislative information office, or LIO, was closed for the state holiday. So the meeting wasn't streamed like others are during the legislative session.

State corporation sets December deadline to find customers for Alaska’s gas

Lawmakers peppered Dave Cruz and other members of the AGDC's executive board with questions about project finances, employee turnover and how much money the state expects to make on its share of the project. Listen now

Seeking investment, Alaska goes open source with oil & gas data

Alaska’s Oil and Gas division is releasing valuable oil exploration data from leases on the North Slope and Cook Inlet. Listen now

As the state’s gasline corporation hopes for investment interest, lawmakers look for answers

For the last two months the state’s gasline corporation has asked potential customers and investors in the state-led project to formally show interest in the massive pipeline project, without being bound by a contract.

State rejects Exxon’s plan for Pt. Thomson

This week, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources rejected part of the company’s plan to expand its Pt. Thomson field.

For now, Hurricane Harvey not expected to impact Alaska’s oil and gas

Hurricane Harvey has caused nearly 100 oil and gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to temporarily shut down, but that drop in production doesn't necessarily translate to a higher demand for Alaska's oil. Listen now

State works to interpret its newest oil tax credit overhaul

The state's tax division aims to have its interpretation of the newest oil and gas tax credit bill out by January. Listen now

Oil company sues over Alaska’s beleaguered cash-for-credits program

An oil and gas company is suing the state over $5.3 million in unpaid cash credits. Miller Energy Resources wants anything that happened before it went bankrupt in 2015 to be off-limits to state tax auditors, according to the lawsuit and the company’s bankruptcy filings. Listen now

BlueCrest is latest company to stop work, citing state’s defunct cash-for-credits scheme

BlueCrest is the latest to fall victim to the now-defunct cashable credit program. It announced on August 1 that it couldn’t afford to keep drilling on the Kenai Peninsula and that it would be laying off about 150 people. Listen now

Feds seek comments on Alaska’s in-state natural gas pipeline

The Alaska Standalone Pipeline project would bring gas from the North Slope to communities in Alaska. Listen now