Alaska and Hawaii

After Winning Most ANWR Bids, Alaska Agency Prepares To Assume Oil Leases

"The Alaska state agency that submitted most of the bids in a lightly attended auction for drilling rights in the Arctic Nationa"l Wildlife Refuge expects to have those leases in hand by next week, the organization’s executive director said on Wednesday."

Source: ArcticToday, 01/15/2021

"Sale of Drilling Leases in Arctic Refuge Fails to Yield a Windfall"

"In a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel development, only half of the oil and gas leases offered for sale Wednesday received bids, and all but two of those came from the state of Alaska itself."

Source: NYTimes, 01/07/2021

"U.S. Judge Denies Effort To Stop Drilling Auction In Arctic Refuge"

"A federal judge in Alaska ruled late on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s planned auction of oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) could proceed as planned on Wednesday morning."

Source: Reuters, 01/06/2021

Interior Finalizes Plan To Open 80 Percent of NPRA To Drilling"

"The Trump administration on Monday finalized plans to open more than 80 percent of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve (NPRA) to oil drilling, pushing ahead over objections from environmentalists who have already challenged the plans in court."

Source: The Hill, 01/05/2021

Sale of Arctic Leases Draws an Unusual Taker. It May Be the Only One.

"After a three-year push by the Trump administration to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling — an effort that culminated in a rush to sell leases before the White House changes hands — in the end the only taker may be the state of Alaska itself."

Source: NYTimes, 12/31/2020

Lawsuit Challenges Trump's Lifting Of Roadless Rule In Alaska's Tongass

"A coalition of Alaska Native tribes and environmentalists filed suit on Wednesday challenging a new Trump administration policy that opens vast swaths of the largest U.S. national forest to logging, mining and other commercial development."

Source: Reuters, 12/24/2020

Arctic Drilling Foes Sue To Block Seismic Surveys, Lease Sales in ANWR

"Environmental and Alaska Native groups asked a federal court in Anchorage on Tuesday to stop the U.S. Interior Department from opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration before President Donald Trump leaves office next month."

Source: Reuters, 12/16/2020

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