Alaska's Energy Desk

Alaska’s Energy Desk is a collaboration between KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KUCB in Unalaska, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, KBRW in Utqiaġvik and KYUK in Bethel. Each week we produce in-depth coverage of energy issues in Alaska for radio, video and web. From the state budget to personal energy use, resource development to Arctic life, we cover how energy issues impact Alaskan lives and landscapes. Alaska’s Energy Desk is a Regional Journalism Collaboration, launched in 2016 with a supporting grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

State agency opens review of Donlin Gold’s pipeline right-of-way

Despite an appeal by mine opponents, the state says it will move ahead with a review.

Environmental watchdogs are raising alarms over Pebble and other projects. But is anyone listening?

A Pebble Mine foe found a video she thought would make headlines. It didn't.

Trans-Alaska pipeline operator increases oil flow, demand creeps back

Demand for oil is starting to creep back as the economy reopens, and oil producers globally have made major cutbacks to production.

Marine heatwaves will cripple salmon, cod and pollock at twice the rate previously predicted, study says

Slight rises in sea temperatures can cause dramatic collapses in the reproduction of some fish and patches of warm water in the Gulf of Alaska can have particularly severe affects for important fish stocks.

Y-K Delta tribes protest Donlin Gold in letter to mining company Novagold

In the letter, ten tribes ask investors to withdraw their support of the project, which they say doesn't have support of the region.

Using space-based radar, researchers develop new method for measuring Arctic lake methane emissions

Methane, which can trap 30 times more heat than carbon dioxide and contribute to global warming, has been hard to study in the Arctic.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels all Alaska 2020 sailings

The news brings the estimated loss of 2020 passengers to about 70% of what was expected.

There are new health rules for fishermen arriving in Bristol Bay, but critics say there are loopholes

The president of the regional health corporation and local tribes say the Dunleavy administration's plan is unrealistic considering the realities of the looming commercial fishing season.

After a warmer than normal April, Utqiagvik sees first record low temperature in over a decade

On Wednesday morning, temperatures in the North Slope hub community of Utqiagvik reached 20 degrees below zero, a record low for April 29th.

‘The first glance at what’s coming’: Oilfield service companies alert state of more than 250 layoffs

Across the country, companies that provide oilfield services and equipment are cutting jobs and bracing for bankruptcy as the pandemic launches the oil and gas industry into a tailspin.

With Asian economy back on its feet, Alaskan geoduck clam fishery set to reopen

But there's a worry about low prices and the reduction of flights to Asia, meaning the clams might not make it to market as fresh as they could.

BP says sale to Hilcorp is still on, but under revised terms

The oil and gas giant says it expects the deal to close in June.

Dunleavy issues mandates for fishery workers as concern from Bristol Bay officials escalates

Workers will have to wear masks when traveling to Bristol Bay and quarantine themselves for two weeks immediately on arrival.

‘Putting the company almost on life support’: Cruise ship cuts devastate Alaska tourism

Alaska had planned for a record-number of cruise ship passengers this year. Then came the pandemic. Now, across cruise lines, at least 360 sailings to Alaska have been called off so far.

Oil prices fell to a historic low Monday. Here’s what that means for Alaska.

While crude prices have continued to plummet in recent weeks, and oil companies have announced spending cuts, Monday’s price meltdown was particularly staggering.

ConocoPhillips cuts spending in Alaska by another $200M as oil prices sink

ConocoPhillips said Thursday that it will cut capital spending in Alaska by another $200 million as demand plummets and oil prices tumble to an 18-year low. That’s on top of a $200 million reduction the oil giant announced last month.

Valdez challenges RCA’s decision to keep Hilcorp finances confidential

The City of Valdez is taking a fight to have Hilcorp reveal its finances to state Superior Court in Anchorage.

Industry trade groups sue backers of Alaska oil tax initiative, argue signatures invalid

The industry groups claim that some signature gatherers were paid more than $1 per signature, in violation of state law. But supporters of the initiative ardently deny the allegations, calling them baseless.

Cruise lines are taking bookings for an Alaska cruise season that might not even happen

Skagway Mayor Andrew Cremata said he was surprised to learn that Carnival Cruise Line is offering a seven-day cruise through his town in early July, but it's not clear whether that trip is even happening.

Some Anchorage hotels are transforming from tourist havens to quarantine sites

Other hotels have decided to close, and many have laid off a bulk of their employees.