Archive of: Alaska Politics

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January Issue 4 2015

Judge hears arguments over ANWR exploration

The first skirmish — some say it may be the main battle — in the state’s effort explore the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge played out in U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason’s courtroom in Anchorage Jan. 20. The issue before Gleason is whether the U.S. Department of the Interior should accept an application for a limited winter exploration program in a part of the coastal plain set aside for study of its oil and gas potential.

Industry, legislators still buzzing about Walker firings January Issue 3 2015

Industry, legislators still buzzing about Walker firings

The state’s political and resource communities are still buzzing about Gov. Bill Walker’s sudden firing Jan. 6 of three Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board members and his order that new board members not sign confidentiality pledges. Besides the political theater, the concern is whether this might impair the state corporation’s ability to make decisions — and participate–— in the big Alaska LNG Project, where the state is a partner with industry and a 25 percent equity owner.