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Sen. Lisa Murkowski: Oil drilling in Arctic Refuge can be done safely | Op-Ed

“Our actions marked the end of a 37-year debate about whether energy production should be allowed in the 1002 Area” writes Special To The for seattletimes.com. It was disappointing, though not surprising, to read Sally Jewell’s recent Op-Ed [“Let the Trump administration know Arctic refuge is no place for oil and gas drilling,” Opinion, June 1].The 1002 Area of ANWR is located in northeast Alaska, just a few miles from existing development that is safely occurring on state lands.It is named for a section of a 1980 law that conserved…

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Construction planned to prepare Alaska’s Arctic refuge for oil drilling

“ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Thursday it would spend $4 million on construction projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in preparation for oil drilling in the nation’s biggest wildlife park” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The Trump administration is pushing for an oil lease sale in the refuge to be held as early as next year. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Companies take first steps to drill for oil in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

“The seismic permit application has been filed by Kuukpik Corp., a joint venture of SAExploration, the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and the Kaktovik Inupiat Corp” writes Steven Mufson Covers for washingtonpost.com. But the proposal for seismic work included two 150-strong teams of workers, airstrips, giant sleds, and explosives to search for and map underground oil or natural gas reserves.Still, SAExploration said in the permit application that it could deploy improved technologies. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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RBS cuts lending to new coal and Arctic oil projects

“Royal Bank of Scotland will no longer fund Arctic oil projects and has pledged to cut lending to firms profiting largely from coal as part of an updated energy policy” writes Shane Hickey for theguardian.com. The changes cover the mining, power and oil and gas sectors and are aimed at taking a tougher line on climate change.They mean the bank will not provide “project-specific finance” to new coal-fired power stations, new thermal coal mines, oil sands or Arctic oil projects, or those involved in “unsustainable” vegetation or peatland clearing.RBS will…

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How the History of the Roman Empire Is Hidden in Arctic Ice

“The more lead in the atmosphere, the researchers deduced, the more silver was being refined from Roman mines” writes Avery Thompson for popularmechanics.com. In this case, the researchers were looking for traces of lead: Roman mines that produced lead also produced silver, and the process of refining that silver emitted large amounts of lead into the atmosphere. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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Russia shows off Arctic military might as it debuts fighting snowmobile at Red Square parade

“Russia showcased a new fighting snowmobile equipped with a machine gun in its annual Victory Day parade on Red Square on Wednesday, as it seeks a military push into the warming Arctic” writes Colin Freeman for telegraph.co.uk. The snowmobiles were part of an array of fearsome new war machines demonstrated at the parade, including the Su-57 stealth fighter jet, the Dagger hypersonic missile, unmanned aerial vehicles and a robotic tank. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Ryan Zinke moves to open Arctic refuge to drilling

“The Trump administration on Friday will start the process of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas leasing” writes Ap Photo Becky for washingtonexaminer.com. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said last month the Interior Department could have the first lease sale to oil and gas drillers in 2019. Under the tax law, the Interior Department must hold the first lease sale by 2021 and another by 2024, with at least 400,000 acres available each time.Republicans last year were successful in achieving their long-pursued goal to allow energy exploration…

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NASA: Recent Arctic sea ice levels at record lows

“NASA uses that power to provide data on sea ice levels via the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which records the seasonal changes in the amount of sea ice and plots trends over time” writes Mike Wehner for nypost.com. Now, in its most recent data dump, the group is once again sounding the global warming alarm and things aren’t looking good.At its thickest, which typically occurs from late February to early April, its maximum is recorded and this important data point offers an overall glimpse at how the Earth’s…

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Senate Energy attorney helped Alaskans achieve dream of drilling in Arctic refuge

“Washington Examiner: The debate over oil and gas drilling in [the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge], which the energy committee led, was contentious” writes Photo Graeme Jennings for washingtonexaminer.com. In this instance, the ANWR issue is legendary.— Washington Examiner: You were an environmental attorney in the Army before coming to the Hill.Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was extremely invested in this issue, what did it mean for you to see it succeed?.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Interior to begin process of oil and gas leasing in Arctic refuge this month

“The Trump administration this month will begin the process of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas leasing” writes Josh Siegel for washingtonexaminer.com. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said this week that the Interior Department could have the first lease sale to oil and gas drillers in 2019.Under the tax law, the Interior Department must hold the first lease sale by 2021 and another by 2024, with at least 400,000 acres available each time. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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