ExxonMobil Resumes Drilling at Point Thomson

Dateline City: ANCHORAGE, Alaska Estimated project startup remains on target for 2016 Ice road opens between Deadhorse and Point Thomson’s central pad More than 800 people working at site and additional several hundred around the state ANCHORAGE, Alaska--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil announced today that it has Read more [...]

President Obama: No Oil and Gas Drilling in Bristol Bay

When President Obama announced earlier this week that Alaska’s Bristol Bay region would be off limits to future offshore oil and gas exploration, the news was greeted with cheers from the fishermen, Native groups, and conservationists who have spent years fighting to protect the Bay and its legendary salmon run from development. Surprisingly, the anti-drilling measure received little criticism in the oil-reliant state. The president, who delivered the news himself via YouTube, seemed upbeat Read more [...]

EPA and BP reach agreement on deep-water drilling bids

The energy giant had been suspended from bidding on offshore leases after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now it may resume, under an auditor's review. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency and BP announced Thursday an agreement that would allow the energy giant to bid once again on deep-water offshore drilling leases, reversing a government decision two years ago to bar the company from federal contracts following its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Arctic Ocean oil drilling opponents win appeal

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the government failed in evaluating the potential effects of offshore oil drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea when it sold leases to develop millions of acres there. SEATTLE — The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, possibly delaying plans by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the northwest coast of Alaska in the near future. Nation Read more [...]