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Sep 27, 2013

U.S. govt gauges interest in new Chukchi Sea offshore oil leasing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. government
on Thursday started to formally gauge energy companies’ interest
in future oil and gas leasing in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska,
site of a trouble-plagued 2012 exploration season for Royal
Dutch Shell Plc.

The “Call for Information and Nominations” issued by the
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is the first step
in a potential Chukchi Sea lease sale under consideration for
2016, officials said.

Sep 25, 2013

British woman completes rowing trip from Japan to Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A British woman has completed a 150-day journey rowing solo from Japan to Alaska, local officials and an expedition spokeswoman said on Tuesday as the adventurer rested at one of the state’s remote Aleutian Islands.

Sarah Outen, 28, became the first person in recorded history to row from Japan to Alaska, said Melanie Johnson, the expedition’s project manager.

Sep 23, 2013

Alaska fracking rules would boost public notice, disclosure

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 23 (Reuters) – New regulations to
oversee hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in Alaska
could be issued later this year by state regulators, officials
said at a public hearing on Monday.

The regulations, proposed by the Alaska Oil and Gas
Conservation Commission, would require the approval of
regulators before fracturing is conducted, notification of
landowners and testing of water wells within a half-mile radius,
and the full disclosure of chemicals in the hydraulic-fracturing
liquids.

Sep 19, 2013

Reptile fossil found in Alaska may be newly discovered species

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The fossil of a sea reptile found two years ago in Alaska may be that of a previously unknown species, a scientist who was part of a team that discovered and excavated the remains said on Wednesday.

The creature, a kind of thalattosaur, swam in the ocean and crawled on land about 210 million years ago, said Pat Druckenmiller, a geologist and the earth-science curator of the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North in Fairbanks.

Sep 19, 2013

Alaskans to get $900 dividend from oil-wealth fund

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Nearly every Alaskan
will be $900 richer next month, thanks to an annual payout from
the state’s $47 billion oil wealth trust fund that has been
credited with keeping many low-income families out of poverty,
state officials said on Wednesday.

About 640,000 Alaskans will receive the payout from the
Alaska Permanent Fund, with recipients ranging from a
108-year-old to a baby born a minute before midnight on Dec. 31,
narrowly qualifying as a 2012 state resident.

Sep 17, 2013

Anglo departure not the end of Alaska’s Pebble mine, locals say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Supporters and
opponents of a giant mine to tap Alaska’s gold and copper wealth
have found a rare point of agreement: The Pebble project remains
alive even without its heavyweight financial backer.

Anglo American, the global mining group that
partnered with Canada’s Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd
in 2007 to develop Pebble, said on Monday it was pulling out,
less than two month after promising shareholders it would cut
costs and halve its $17 billion pipeline of potential mines.

Sep 12, 2013

Alaska deal with Japan’s JBIC offers hope for LNG exports

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Alaska has signed an
agreement with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation
(JBIC) to investigate natural resource exports in a renewed sign
of demand for the state’s natural gas, officials said on
Wednesday.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) covers a variety of
potential natural resource projects, but emphasizes Alaska’s
ambitions to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan and
other Asian markets.

Sep 12, 2013

North America’s highest peak not as tall as once thought

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Sept 11 (Reuters) – North America’s
tallest peak, Mount McKinley in Alaska, just got shorter,
according to new maps published by the official U.S.
geographers.

New technology used by the U.S. Geological Survey found that
Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, tops out at 20,237 feet
(6,168 metres) – short of the 20,320 feet (6,193 metres)
commonly cited as the summit elevation.

Sep 7, 2013

Alaska cat ‘mayor’ on mend after dog attack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The honorary feline “mayor” of a small Alaska town is recovering after a vicious assault from a bitter rival – a local dog.

Stubbs, a 16-year-old ginger cat, was mauled by the dog over the Labor Day holiday weekend and has been hospitalized at a veterinary clinic.

Sep 6, 2013

Shell to pay $1.1 mln in fines for Arctic air-quality violations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 6 (Reuters) – MersShell has agreed
to pay $1.1 million for air-quality violations from the vessels
it used to drill two oil-exploration wells in Arctic waters off
Alaska last year, federal regulators said.

Shell will pay the civil fines for Clean Air Act violations
that were discovered during inspections of the Discoverer and
Kulluk drillships, which operated in the Chukchi and Beaufort
seas, the Environmental Protection Agency said late on Thursday.