By The Associated Press, Matthew Daly and Matthew Brown
President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday proposed up to three oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, but none in Alaska, as it tries to navigate between energy companies seeking greater oil and gas production and environmental activists who want Biden to shut down new offshore drilling in the fight against climate change.
A state agency that appealed a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leases on Alaska’s North Slope was denied by a federal judge Monday, preventing any development from starting in the immediate future.
A report on the Ambler Road Project is being delayed by about six months. The official record of decision that is being put off follows the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, and the White House previously indicating a record of decision release in late 2023.
"We're looking at another great year in 2023. The phone has been ringing, the bookings are coming in, we just see a really positive future for tourism in Alaska," says the Director of Sales and Marketing for an Anchorage-based cruiseline.
In a letter to the corps, the tribal coalition requested that the Clean Water Act 404 permits for the proposed gold mine — which mine advocates say would be located next to Crooked Creek, a tributary to the Kuskokwim River — be withdrawn.
Seeing for sale signs staying up longer has been a recent trend seen. According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, interests have gone up since 2021. Last year, Anchorage saw a tight housing market. There were not many houses on the market, but there were a seas of home buyers looking to find their perfect home.
At a special meeting of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees, Acting Revenue Commissioner Deven Mitchell was approved by a unanimous vote to become the next Executive Director of the corporation.
Fish and Game said in a release that adult razor clam abundance surveys completed at Ninilchik and Clam Gulch beaches in April and May of this year were below the abundance threshold required to allow limited clamming on those beaches.
Alaska's marijuana industry is thriving more than seven years after legalization. But, according to industry experts, federally legalized marijuana could put local grows, manufacturers and pot shops out of business. This week, Alaska's News Source looks at the impact of the marijuana industry in Alaska since legalization.