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  • Seven bids were received, covering about 80,000 acres- or less than 1 percent of the 10.3 million acres offered in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska by the Trump administration. ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc, in partnership with Anadarko Petroleum Corp, submitted the seven bids, totaling $1.16 million, for tracts in the NPR-A. Results were revealed in a bid...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Oil companies this week had the chance to bid on 900 tracts within Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve but offered bids on just seven. The Bureau of Land Management lease sale made available 16,100 square miles— roughly the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined— within the reserve. The bids totaled $1.16 million, to be shared evenly...

  • The lawsuit filed Monday by the Chilkat Indian village of Klukwan calls for revocation of the permits granted to Constantine Metal Resources Ltd. upstream of the Chilkat River near the port of Haines in southeast Alaska. The lawsuit contends the federal Bureau of Land Management issued permits after considering the effects of exploration but not of a mine.

  • Dec 5- Even as the U.S. Senate moves to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the real action is 150 miles west, where industry proponents hope a coming sale of 10 million acres of land will revitalize the state's sagging crude production. The Trump administration, through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, will auction off 10 million...

  • The move follows China's biggest state oil company Sinopec, one of the country's top banks and its sovereign wealth fund agreeing last month to develop the $43 billion natural gas project in Alaska, as the cash-poor U.S. state seeks to revive its dwindling energy industry. Alaska LNG is designed to carry natural gas from fields in the North Slope through an 800-...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— The cruise industry has dodged a tax increase after Alaska's U.S. senators helped strike the provision from the tax bill that passed the Senate. The bill approved early Saturday includes other provisions that Alaska Republican Sens. The cruise ship tax provision could have impacted tourism, a major driver of an Alaska economy that has otherwise...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans' biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance. "It's going to take a bunch of healthy people out of the insurance market," said Craig Garthwaite, director of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Oil and gas drilling in a vast northern Alaskan wildlife refuge the U.S. government has protected since 1960 moved a step closer to reality on Saturday with the passage by U.S. Senate Republicans of the tax bill. "Little wonder Senate Republicans rushed the vote: it wouldn't survive the light of public debate," said Rhea Suh, president of the Natural...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans' biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance. "It's going to take a bunch of healthy people out of the insurance market," said Craig Garthwaite, director of the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on the GOP tax bill:. Protesters are making their voices heard in New York City as President Donald Trump visits for political fundraisers. President Donald Trump is taking a victory lap at a New York City fundraiser, praising the Senate's passage of a sweeping tax overhaul.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it would not act on a proposal to require hardrock mining companies to show they can afford to clean up their sites. EPA is confident that modern industry practices, along with existing state and federal requirements address risks from operating hardrock mining facilities, EPA...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- Six more U.S. senators signed on to support a sweeping Republican tax bill on Friday, leaving only one known Republican opponent- Bob Corker- and virtually assuring the measure would pass despite Democratic opposition. Corker, a deficit hawk from Tennessee, said on Friday he could not vote for the Senate legislation because of fiscal concerns.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- Five more U.S. senators signed on to support a sweeping Republican tax bill on Friday, but two holdouts remained. The moderate senator from Maine has said she is not committed to voting for the bill. She said she made progress on Friday on another concern, reaching agreement to change the bill so state and local property taxes are deductible from...

  • Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Utah each added one. Louisiana and Colorado each lost one rig. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- Three more U.S. senators signed on to support a sweeping Republican tax bill on Friday as party leaders worked to address the concerns of lawmakers worried about its impact on the federal deficit, healthcare and property taxes. The Montana Republican has signed on to support the bill after having voiced concerns about its treatment of " Main...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- Three more U.S. senators signed on to support a sweeping Republican tax bill on Friday as party leaders worked to address the concerns of lawmakers worried about its impact on the federal deficit, healthcare and property taxes. The Montana Republican has signed on to support the bill after having voiced concerns about its treatment of " Main...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- Three more U.S. senators signed on to support a sweeping Republican tax bill on Friday as party leaders worked to address the concerns of lawmakers worried about its impact on the federal deficit, healthcare and property taxes. The Montana Republican has signed on to support the bill after having voiced concerns about its treatment of " Main...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 30- Alaska Airlines is investigating a sexual harassment claim by Randi Zuckerberg, a Silicon Valley executive and sister of Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg wrote on social media late on Wednesday that she boarded the first-class cabin on a flight from Los Angeles to Mazatlan, Mexico, when a passenger in a seat near her...

  • Senate GOP leaders have increased the deduction from 17.4 percent, but Johnson says that isn't enough. A leading GOP senator says Republicans are redrawing their tax bill to reduce the size of its tax cuts. John Cornyn says the move comes after the Senate parliamentarian ruled against a complex trigger mechanism that would have automatically cut back the tax...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 30- A quest by Republicans to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve was slowed after a nonpartisan Senate official ruled late on Wednesday that the exploration was subject to environmental assessments by the Interior Department. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska and the head of the Senate energy panel, has been...