Alaska and Hawaii

"Drilling in Arctic Refuge Gets a Green Light. What’s Next?"

"President Trump on Wednesday was poised to sign the new tax bill, passed by Congress, which lifts a decades-old ban on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. ... Will exploration begin immediately? No. Both supporters and opponents say it could be years before the first lease sale, a precursor to any drilling."

Source: NY Times, 12/21/2017

What Oil Drilling Looks Like in the Arctic Refuge, 30 Years Later

"These satellite images of a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show the site of what, so far, is the only oil well ever drilled in the refuge, an exploratory well known as KIC-1 that was completed in the mid-1980s. The well was plugged and abandoned, and the drilling equipment and a special timber pad it sat on have long since been removed."

Source: NY Times, 12/18/2017

Investigations May Bring News in 2018

Almost a dozen investigations are underway at the U.S. EPA and the Interior Department, including of unusual travel, private sector connections and staff/advisory panel moves. This week's TipSheet runs down the probes in detail, and offers resources for coverage of developments in 2018.

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Tough For AK Fishermen: Pacific Halibut Catches Likely To Drop Next Year

"It's going to be a tough year for many Alaska fishermen. After announcements of a massive drop in cod stocks, the industry learned last week that Pacific halibut catches are likely to drop by 20 percent next year, and the declines could continue for several years."

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 12/04/2017

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