ZME Science reported that it has recently been discovered that the Arctic Ocean was originally a freshwater lake, but has become a saline over Earth’s history. There was a large land bridge between Scotland and Greenland that slowly became submerged over millions of years, and the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean were able to […]
Business Insider: Russia’s Beefs Up Its Nuclear Capabilities
Business Insider reported today on a Sputnik news story about Russia’s strengthening of its Northern Fleet nuclear capacities to “phase ‘NATO out of the Arctic.’” This announcement is part of Russia’s 2011-2020 State Armament Plan, which includes $723 billion in spending for a modernized military force.
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Interior Sec. Signs Order on AK Energy
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today signed a Secretarial Order directing the review and revision of the management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the updating of assessments of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and natural gas resources in Alaska’s North Slope, including in the NPR-A and 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Sec. Zinke […]
Final Notice of Sale Issued for June 2017 Cook Inlet Lease Sale
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced that the agency will hold Cook Inlet Lease Sale 244 in Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, June 21. The lease blocks being offered are located in federal waters stretching roughly from Kalgin Island in the north to Augustine Island in the south. BOEM estimates that estimated resource potential of the […]
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Juneau Empire Op-Ed: Offshore Decision a Win for AK Families
In an op-ed published in the Juneau Empire today, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska President Anne Seneca and Alaska Trucking Association Executive Director Aves Thompson applauded the recent Executive Order that revisits and reverses federal roadblocks to domestic offshore energy development, calling the decision “welcome news to families, businesses and Native tribal groups who’ve come to rely on not […]
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Interior Secretary Signs Order on Offshore Energy
During a session on offshore energy hosted by Consumer Energy Alliance at the Offshore Technology Conference on Monday, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke signed a Secretarial Order that among other things directs the development of a new offshore oil and gas leasing program, expedited review of requests for seismic survey applications, and a review of national marine sanctuary […]
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President Issues Executive Order on Offshore Energy
President Trump today issued an Executive Order directing the Interior Secretary to give full consideration to revising the nation’s offshore oil and natural gas leasing program to include lease sales for regions including but not limited to the Alaskan Arctic The Order also rescinds the Dec. 2016 indefinite leasing withdrawals of most of the Alaskan Arctic […]
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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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