Offshore Bill Introduced in U.S. House and Senate

U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) on Wednesday introduced H.R. 2157 (“Outer Continental Shelf Energy Access Now Act,” or “OCEAN Act”), which would limit the authority of the president to withdraw areas from future offshore oil and gas leasing to unleased areas located in designated national marine sanctuaries, reverse previous leasing withdrawals under Section 12(a) of […]

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CBC: Driving to the Top of the World: Exploring Canada’s New Arctic Highway

CBC News today reported that with work on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway to be completed in 2017, “you’ll soon be able to drive to the top of the world.”  According to the report, later this year in November, “it will be possible for the first time in history to drive to the top of Canada’s mainland year round,” and […]

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Daily Mail: Russia Unveils New Arctic Military Base

The Daily Mail today wrote about Russia’s new military base in the Arctic that can house up to 150 troops in addition to nuclear-ready aircraft.  The article notes that the base opening “comes as part of Russia’s largest Arctic military push since the fall of the Soviet Union and as Moscow moves to lay claim […]

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U.S. Senator Introduces Offshore Energy Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced the OPENS Alaska Act (S. 883), a bill that would repeal President Obama’s indefinite withdrawals of the Chukchi Sea and most of the Beaufort Sea from future oil and natural gas leasing, require lease sales in the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas and Cook Inlet, establish 20-year lease terms for Chukchi and […]

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President Issues Executive Order on Energy Independence

President Trump today issued an executive order on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.”  Among other things, the order directs agency heads to immediately review all agency actions the potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, and suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden domestic energy resource development beyond the extent […]

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UPI: Aerial Survey of Polar Ice Expands to Arctic

UPI today reported on NASA’s efforts to conduct aerial 3-D views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, noting that the activities will be expanded to include the Arctic Eurasian Basin for the first time.  The survey, to be conducted in spring 2017, will include two research flights based out of a Norwegian archipelago in the north Atlantic.

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U.S. Congressman Introduces Bill to Reform Antiquities Act

U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) today introduced the “Marine Access and State Transparency Act” (H.R. 1489), a bill that would reform the Antiquities Act to require congressional and state approval and certification of National Environmental Policy Act compliance for designations of national monuments, as well as public review periods and congressional approval for restrictions on the […]

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Juneau Empire: Arctic Council Meets in Juneau

The Juneau Empire today reported on this week’s gathering of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials and representatives of indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to discuss a variety of topics.  The meeting,  which will cover areas including scientific cooperation, Arctic economies, renewable energy, marine biodiversity, and black carbon emissions, will set the stage for the Arctic […]

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