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Unions protest change in Alaska oil tanker escort contract

Alaska, oil tankers, unions, protest, Exxon Valdez

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two maritime unions are protesting a proposal to change who escorts oil tankers out of Alaska’s Prince William Sound, warning the change could cause a major spill in the area where the Exxon Valdez accident saw 11 million gallons of crude soil beaches and wildlife in 1989. Alyeska (al-ee-ES-kah) Pipeline Service Co., which operates the trans-Alaska ...

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Bills propose adding legislators to natural gas pipeline board

Bills propose adding legislators to gas line board

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers want to add legislative oversight to the board of an organization that plays a key role in Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project development. Both Sen. Mia Costello and House Speaker Mike Chenault have proposed adding two non-voting lawmakers to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. The state-sanctioned gas line corporation would ...

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Alaska governor may call special session over budget

Alaska governor may call special legislative session over budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said he is willing to call the Legislature into a special session if lawmakers don’t pass any revenue proposals to help close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. His push for more income comes as the state’s Department of Revenue on Monday released a forecast showing another $300 million drop in funding for the ...

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Alaska legislators weigh cuts as budget debate continues

Alaska legislators weigh cuts as budget debate continues

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislators are considering budget cuts to agencies that may seem small compared to the estimated $3.5 billion deficit the state is facing amid slumping oil prices. But they could mean big changes for some state services and programs. Proposals include cutting pre-kindergarten and early childhood education programs; levying a $100-a-year fee to be on a ...

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Alaska administration didn’t pursue gas-to-liquids pitch

Alaska administration didn't pursue gas-to-liquids pitch

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration had a consultant evaluate a pitch to turn North Slope gas to gasoline and ship it through the trans-Alaska pipeline. But a Walker spokeswoman says the idea was scuttled because it didn’t pencil out. Spokeswoman Katie Marquette says the administration felt obligated to review the proposal since it had the potential to ...

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Low oil prices prompt Alaska hiring restrictions

Low oil prices prompt Alaska hiring restrictions

JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Bill Walker announced hiring and travel restrictions Tuesday, the same day an agency lowered Alaska’s credit rating because of continued low oil prices. The hiring and travel restrictions for executive branch departments come two weeks before the start of the legislative session, when lawmakers are expected to consider ways to address the estimated $3.5 billion deficit. ...

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