We added a new Sub-Tab, above, under 'Archives' for "Northern Gas Pipeline History". It provides historical perspective from the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the Alaska Gas Pipeline Federal Coordinator's office and from our own magazine and newspaper articles. -dh
TODAY IN ANCHORAGE, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (NGP Photo) is hosting an Arctic Deepwater Port Roundtable discussion with Alaskans to discuss how increased marine traffic and economic opportunities in the changing Arctic will create a need and demand for an Arctic port in Alaska. In the discussion with representatives from federal agencies, Alaska Native Corporations, and the shipping industry, Sen. Begich will outline some of the work he has done as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, consideration of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget and future budgets as additional authorizations will be needed from Congress to move forward on Arctic infrastructure. The roundtable is scheduled for Monday, April 9 from 3 to 4 pm at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Atrium, 311 Providence Drive, on the campus of UAA.
The LegHead Report by Maggie Wall. If Alaska legislators want to see a natural gas pipeline built, it’s time to get a project on its way. That was the gist of House Speaker Mike Chenault’s (NGP Photo) comments to the Alaska House last week where he gave an impassioned speech in support of House Bill 9 which he sponsored to move a gasline forward.
Juneau Empire by Pat Forgey. Alaska will bring in more than $10 billion in oil revenue during the current fiscal year, as record high oil prices continue to pump money into state coffers. That’s a billion dollars more than was projected during the Department of Revenue’s last forecast, and $2 billion more than was brought in last year.
Globe and Mail (4/7/12) reports: The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing…The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it’s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic. (More below)