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Oil drilling in ANWR moves ahead as part of Senate tax bill

Republicans took a major step forward early Saturday in their decades-long fight to open a piece of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Included as part of the sweeping tax reform bill passed by the Senate in a 51-to-49 vote is a highly controversial provision to allow energy exploration in a 1.5 million-acre swath of […]

Obama OCS Plan on Alaska a Non-Starter

Obama OCS Plan on Alaska a Non-Starter

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease plan which included three possible lease sales for Alaska.  The Proposed Program represents the third major step in a multi-year five step process forming the national OCS 5 year plans.  The release of the plan starts a 90 day public comment […]

ANWR Lock up Vote Defeated in House

ANWR Lock up Vote Defeated in House

Washington – February 26, 2016 An amendment to lock up the coastal plain of ANWR (H.Amdt.961) was introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA-2) to The SHARE Act (HR. 2406) on hunting and game regulation.  The amendment was defeated by 51 votes in a roll call vote ending at 176-277.  H.Amdt. 961 was offered by Huffman […]

Gov. Walker is Committed to “No More” with ANWR

Gov. Walker is Committed to “No More” with ANWR

Governor Bill Walker (I-AK) has shown that as the leader of Alaska he is not going to let the federal government pick and choose which laws it follows when it comes to trampling on Alaska’s states rights. He further demonstrated this sentiment in his recent op-ed highlighting Alaska’s need to develop its “mineral resources to […]

USFWS Plans for Wilderness Designation of 10-02 Violating ANILCA /NEPA

USFWS Plans for Wilderness Designation of 10-02 Violating ANILCA /NEPA

Washington – the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced today that it will pursue a recommendation for complete wilderness designation of ANWR.  The Service has been studying its management practices under a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) of ANWR for more than 4 years and today announced its […]

Understanding the Export of Alaska North Slope Crude

Understanding the Export of Alaska North Slope Crude

Headlines across the nation were made this fall when a ConocoPhillips tanker full of Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude was sent to South Korea. Most people are under the impression that the United States has a ban on oil exports, and in general that is true. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis in the […]

Good Signals Given for U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council .

Good Signals Given for U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council .

With the United States assuming the role of Chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year, it is important that we, as a nation, have a strong and cohesive agenda going into the position. There has been concern over what exactly America’s role will be, ranging from focusing solely on environmental issues and ignoring resource development, […]