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Shell Asks for Extension on Arctic Leases

Shell Asks for Extension on Arctic Leases

Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum has requested the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to extend its Arctic offshore leases through a “suspension of operations” order. The oil giant is near the end of some of its ten years leases of ocean tracts in the Alaskan Beaufort and Chukchi Seas initially leased in 2008. The company […]

Alaska OCS Lease near ANWR Border Sparks Border Dispute

Alaska OCS Lease near ANWR Border Sparks Border Dispute

The State of Alaska has issued two leases to offshore lease tracts just off of the northwest corner of the 10-02 Area of ANWR. The State had put the leases up for bid in 2011 but due to a border dispute on the boundary of ANWR did not award the leases to bid winners. The […]

How much oil is in ANWR?

How much oil is in ANWR?

High potential. The high potential for significant discoveries of oil and gas in ANWR has long been recognized. Early explorers of the region at the turn of the century, found oil seeps and oil-stained sands. However, since ANWR was established in 1960, exploration in the region has been restricted to surface geological investigations, aeromagnetic surveys, and […]

Do people visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Do people visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

The answer?: Not many. For most of the year, ANWR is unbearably cold and dark. For several weeks, the sun doesn’t even rise and leaves the windswept landscape a very inhospitable environment. Only a few hundred people visit ANWR each year. Understanding the visitors of ANWR How many people actually visit this ‘national treasure’, America’s […]

Alaskan Natives Support Development

Alaskan Natives Support Development

Archeology has revealed that man has been an occupant of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for at least 11,000 years, but the history of modern man’s existence there, dates to the early 1890’s and 1900’s. What is now the village of Kaktovik, the only village within ANWR, located on Barter island on the northern edge […]