Tag: Mark Begich

Offshore drilling a winner in tight contests

A new poll shows that support for Arctic drilling is high in states where there are close Senate races.  More »

Democrats push Obama on LNG exports

Five Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday pleading for the government to pick up the pace in vetting proposals to export natural gas.  More »

Federal regulators move to hike cap on oil spill liabilities

The Obama administration on Friday took the unprecedented step of moving to hike the amount companies must pay for oil spills, following a congressional deadlock on the issue nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Lawmakers consider setting deadline for Obama’s Keystone XL decision

A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate members on Tuesday said they are considering an array of options to speed up a final verdict on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, now that a State Department analysis raised no major environmental objections to the controversial project.  More »

Court ruling insulates foes and fans of Arctic drilling

In the heated political battle over drilling in chilly Alaskan seas, a court ruling drilling proponents blame for thwarting the activity provides handy cover for stakeholders from Anchorage to Washington.  More »

Shell’s delay ignites calls for deep freeze on Arctic drilling

Environmentalists celebrated Shell’s decision to put its 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice, but drilling advocates said they hope it’s just a temporary setback.  More »

Alaska Democrat ‘optimistic’ on Arctic drilling this summer

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska says he’s optimistic that drilling can resume in Arctic waters this summer despite a federal court ruling against the government’s handling of offshore drilling leases in the region.  More »

Perry to lawmakers: Do more to advance offshore drilling

Congress can do more to advance offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean while boosting the economies of coastal states, eight governors said Friday.  More »

Senators tell feds: Hurry up on LNG exports

Nearly three dozen senators on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to move quickly and make simultaneous decisions on a host of proposals to broadly export liquefied natural gas harvested in the United States.  More »

Alaska pushing new plan for ANWR oil research

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday escalated his fight with the Obama administration over potential oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, by formally submitting a plan to conduct seismic research in the region.  More »

Senator: Coastal states getting raw deal with federal drilling dollars (video)

Sen. Mary Landrieu isn’t picking a fight with Wyoming, and she says she has nothing against the Great Plains state. But the Democratic senator from Louisiana insists Wyoming is exhibit A in an argument that coastal states are getting a raw deal when it comes to collecting federal dollars tied to energy development.  More »

Shipping riskier than drilling in Arctic, senator says

News reports focused on Arctic drilling problems experienced by Shell, but the unregulated ship traffic is a bigger concern up North, said Begich, D-Alaska.  More »
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