Utilities seek ConocoPhillips stake in Cook Inlet gas field

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power and Chugach Electric Association are looking to buy ConocoPhillips’ stake in the Beluga River Unit about 35 miles west of Anchorage.
API President Jack Gerard  (Bloomberg)

Top oil lobbyist touts U.S. energy production, emissions reductions

The head of the oil industry’s top lobbying group says the U.S. is an emerging global energy powerhouse, and can can grow even stronger if the federal government imposes fewer regulations.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Commentary: A chilling regulatory climate

Late last year a second major oil company was forced to abandon plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska – and irresponsible, high-fiving anti-development activists, most of whom live thousands of miles away and will not be affected, could not be more thrilled. But for those who live close by, the ones […]
Cheap oil means $1.6 billion in gas savings for Christmas

The Top Five Energy Stories of 2015

Delayed infrastructure projects, industry concerns over free falling oil prices, mounting excessive and duplicative regulations, and ongoing partisan battles topped the list of energy headlines for 2014. It also topped the list of energy headlines for 2015. But while the plotlines were the same, the details and storylines changed considerably this year. That’s because this […]
Protesters in kayaks paddle out to meet the Arctic offshore oil rig Polar Pioneer piggybacked atop the cargo deck vessel Blue Marlin as it arrives at Port Angeles, Wash., on  April 17.  (Keith Thorpe/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

Shell cancels contract for Transocean rig

The Polar Pioneer cancellation marks the second for Transocean this month.
Drilling is bitterly opposed by environmental groups that say a spill would devastate a fragile marine environment that’s home to polar bears, walrus, endangered whales and the Native Alaskans who rely on them. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

Report says short review didn’t compromise Alaska lease sale

The Office of the Inspector General concluded that managers edited an environmental review of the 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale and established an “expedited timeline” for its completion by an Interior Department agency.
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(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Russian oil explorers among bidders for Norway Arctic blocks

The 57 blocks on offer include 34 in the Barents Sea southeast, the first new area to be opened to exploration in Norway since 1994.
Low clouds blanket Anchorage, Alaska, east of downtown, on Friday morning, December 7, 2012. An optical illusion known as Fata Morgana distorts the view of the mountains west of Cook Inlet. Alternating warm and cold layers of air bend light to create the effect. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

Texas company eyeing new oil pool in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

The plea comes as a state Senate working group has been scrutinizing the program, which paid $628 million last year to companies on the North Slope, in Cook Inlet and other areas.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Oil companies lose trans-Alaska pipeline case

The ruling states that the project to update four pump stations and control systems along the 800-mile line, known as Strategic Reconfigurations, was “imprudently” managed.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska buys out TransCanada’s interest in gas project

Legislators earlier this month approved funding for the state to buy out the Canadian pipeline company’s interest in the project, giving the state a greater stake.