Monthly Archives: May 2010

Alaska Natives Visit Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

By Libby Casey

A group of Alaska Natives fighting oil and gas drilling off Alaska’s Coasts journeyed this week to the Gulf of Mexico.  There they witnessed first-hand evidence of the oil spill from last month’s rig explosion.  They’re now in Washington D-C to share what they saw with the federal agencies that make decisions about offshore drilling.  Continue reading

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Alaskans Lobby For Climate Bill

By Libby Casey

Even though the U-S Senate unveiled a climate change bill last week, the focus in Washington is mostly elsewhere: on financial reform, the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and preparing to vet the President’s Supreme Court nominee. Continue reading

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It’s Time To Think About The Flu

By Dave Donaldson

It’s not too late  — or too early — to get protection from the H1N1 Swine Flu.  Continue reading

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“Bad Apples” Led To BP Oil Spill

By Libby Casey

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says problems at the federal Minerals Management Service may have contributed to last month’s offshore oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading

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Feds Reject Yukon-Pacific Gas Line Permit Extension

By Dave Donaldson

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has refused to extend a principle permit needed for construction of an All-Alaska Gas Pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.    Continue reading

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Gas Storage Beneath Cook Inlet

By Dave Donaldson

Governor Parnell yesterday signed a bill designed to encourage Cook Inlet producers to pump gas year-round into underground storage facilities.  Continue reading

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Remembering Wally Hickel

By Dave Donaldson

Former Governor Wally Hickel – elected twice to the state’s highest office – died this weekend, the result of a heart attack he had earlier last week.  He was ninety years old.  Continue reading

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Alaska Not Racing To The Top

By Libby Casey

The state has again decided not to compete for education dollars available under a competitive federal program.  The Race to the Top competition was designed to get states to develop innovative education plans.  It’s in its second round, and Alaska was one of 10 states that did not apply in Round 1.  Continue reading

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Another Candidate in Lt.Gov. Race — Mead Treadwell

By Libby Casey

The chair of the U-S Arctic Research Commission Mead Treadwell is stepping down, and has filed a letter of intent today to run for Lieutenant Governor on the G-O-P ticket. Continue reading

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Alaska Senators Move To Increase Oil Spill Liability Fund

By Libby Casey

Alaska’s Senators have introduced a bill that would boost the amount of money oil companies are taxed to pay for spill disasters.  Their legislation comes as B-P struggles to plug and clean up a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Continue reading

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