Tegan Hanlon, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage
“It was the agency that ran the time out, not KIC,” said the chairman of the corporation.
Before it could get approval for what’s known as a seismic survey, the Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation had to make three flights to search for polar bear dens in part of the refuge. The Interior Department says the corporation did not complete the work.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason’s order comes after conservation groups appealed her decision last week to allow the work at Willow.
A federal judge on Monday denied requests by conservation groups that she block ConocoPhillips from starting construction work this winter on its massive oil discovery, called Willow.
President Joe Biden hit pause Wednesday on any new leases for oil and gas development on federal lands, drawing cheers from conservation groups and criticism from the fossil fuel industry.
President Joe Biden imposed a “temporary moratorium” on all oil and gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge shortly after taking office on Wednesday, citing the "alleged legal deficiencies underlying the program."
The leases are expected to soon face opposition from the Biden administration.
Not many companies showed up to the first-ever oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But still, about a half-million acres were picked up, mostly by a state-owned corporation.
How we got here, and what’s to come.
It’s a win for the Trump administration, which has pushed to lock in drilling in the refuge in its final weeks, before President-elect Joe Biden takes office and can try to stop it.
A federal judge in Anchorage says she could rule as soon as Tuesday on a request by environmental groups to block the Trump administration from carrying out the first-ever lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason will hear oral arguments at 1 p.m. Monday, just two days before the federal government plans to hold its lease sale.
It’s a controversial move, and a way for the state to secure drilling rights in the coastal plain in case no one else bids on the leases.
What the federal government knows about the coastal plain’s oil potential is limited and based, in part, on decades-old seismic data.
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is asking its board to allow it to spend up to $20 million on the leases.
The Bureau of Land Management announced the decision to shrink the available acres by about 30% on Friday evening, just three days before it began accepting sealed bids for drilling rights.
Slop oil is about 80 percent crude and 20 percent water. According to the state, the oil mix pooled in and on top of the soil, but did not go into Cook Inlet waters.
The Trump administration has scheduled the first-ever lease sale in the coastal plain for Jan. 6, and it's moving toward allowing seismic work in the area this winter. But the groups behind the recent court filings are asking a judge to prevent the administration from doing both until the ongoing lawsuits are resolved.
Gov. Dunleavy says his administration will introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would require state departments to sever their relationships with financial institutions that won’t finance oil and gas development in the Arctic.
The Bureau of Land Management says, however, it could withdraw some tracts from leasing after its 30-day comment period ends Dec. 17.