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Alaska included in future offshore lease sale schedule

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Obama administration’s five-year offshore drilling plan announced Tuesday includes three future lease sales off Alaska and six areas in state waters that will be closely reviewed for possible environmental and other conflicts with oil and gas activities. The plan by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell covers all potential federal offshore lease sales from 2017 through 2022. ...

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Alaska oil and gas industry jobless claims up for seventh straight month

The sun sets behind an oil drilling rig in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jobless benefits claims are down in Alaska and across the country, but the same cannot be said for the state’s oil and gas sector. The lack of available work has boosted the number of former workers in the extraction and support industries who have filed for unemployment, according to the state labor department. Year-on-year increases in existing unemployment insurance claims ...

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Company plans gravel island to extract Arctic offshore oil

Shell proposed exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea about 80 miles off Alaska's northwest coast, a Texas oil company wants to build a gravel island as a platform for five or more extraction wells that could tap oil 6 miles from shore in the Beaufort Sea.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Arctic offshore drilling by Royal Dutch Shell PLC drew protests on two continents this year, but a more modest proposal for extracting petroleum where polar bears roam has moved forward with much less attention. While Shell proposed exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea about 80 miles off Alaska’s northwest coast, a Texas oil company wants to build ...

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Statoil announces it will exit Alaska offshore exploration

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A second major oil company has abandoned plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean off the northwest coast of Alaska. Statoil announced Tuesday it is giving up 16 of its company-operated leases in the Chukchi Sea. The Norwegian company also is abandoning its stake in 50 Chukchi leases operated by ConocoPhillips. The company on its website said ...

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Interior Department curbing future Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department says it will not extend Arctic offshore leases held by Royal Dutch Shell and other companies in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she’s also cancelling new lease sales tentatively scheduled for the next two years. The decision significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling. Shell announced ...

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The Latest: Alaska gov sees ‘loss of hope’ in drilling pause

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The latest on the Interior Department’s announcement that it is cancelling future lease sales and will not extended current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says the Obama administration’s decision to essentially put drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast off-limits as a “loss of ...

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Editorial: Where kayakivists should protest oil drilling: Alaska

Seattle’s kayaktivists should consider taking the ferry up to Alaska. Their floating protests on Elliott Bay and shenanigans by Seattle politicians did nothing to disrupt offshore Arctic drilling by Shell. President Obama ignored the hullabaloo and on Monday gave Shell a final permit needed to explore for oil deep below the Chukchi Sea. That means it’s too late to change ...

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