Economy & Environment

An anti-Pebble sticker is displayed in 2010 on a pole at the harbor in Cordova, Alaska. The fight over the proposed mine, which would be located upstream of salmon-rich Bristol Bay, has been waged since the early 2000s. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

EPA moves to prevent Pebble mine development in Bristol Bay watershed

BY: - May 25, 2022

The Biden administration has officially revived an Obama-era plan that would put the Bristol Bay watershed off-limits to the proposed Pebble Mine or any similar project. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced its intention to invoke a rarely used provision of the Clean Water Act to prevent the issuance of any wetlands-fill permit for […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, at a May 24 ceremony held at the Alaska Sustatinable Energy Conference, holds up a bill he just signed to encourage development of nuclear microreactors. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Governor signs bill intended to encourage nuclear microreactors in Alaska

BY: - May 25, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday signed a bill aimed at easing the construction of small nuclear reactors, using a signing ceremony on the first day of the Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference to highlight what he characterized as a promising technology to power remote parts of the state. Microreactors are compact nuclear reactors that can generate […]

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Fast-food worker’s wage lawsuit survives in U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - May 25, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a small, but potentially significant, victory to a fast-food worker from Iowa. The court did not address the basic premise of Robyn Morgan’s lawsuit – that the Taco Bell restaurant she worked for had violated wage-and-hour laws. The court did, however, address a procedural issue that could have […]

Container ships are lined up at the Port of Alaska in Anchorage on Oct. 11, 2020. The port and Sandia National Laboratories are teaming up to evaluate Cook Inlet renewable energy resources to potentially fuel a planned microgrid. (Photo by Erik Hill/Port of Alaska)

With new agreement, Port of Alaska and Sandia lab to evaluate renewable energy for microgrid

BY: - May 24, 2022

A partnership between the state’s biggest port and one of the nation’s top engineering labs seeks to establish a large microgrid to ensure a dependable supply of electricity. The Port of Alaska, located in Anchorage, and Sandia National Laboratories, a major U.S. Department of Energy contractor, have signed a “historic” memorandum of understanding to move […]

Tobias Schwoerer pulls invasive elodea from lake water while kneeling on the pontoon of a floatplane. The photo was taken at Alexander Lake, a site in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough that became overgrown with the invasive plant. (Photo by Kristin Dunker/Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Bill to combat Alaska’s invasive species falls short in Legislature

BY: - May 24, 2022

Invasive species, according to wide consensus in Alaska, pose big threats to native fish, plants, terrestrial animals and even people’s safety and thus merit some vigorous preventive and response actions. Nevertheless, a seemingly popular bill that would have set up a system to coordinate those actions died without final passage in the Alaska Legislature. The […]

The ConocoPhillips Alaska headquarters, seen here on April 8, 2020, looms over downtown Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

ConocoPhillips starts production at new Alpine satellite field

BY: - May 21, 2022

ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. announced Friday that it has started oil production at its Fiord West Kuparuk reservoir, a satellite of its Alpine field. The start of oil flow followed the drilling of a well that ConocoPhillips said set an extended-reach record. The well was drilled about a month ago by Doyon 26, the largest mobile […]

A bald eagle perched in a tree in Sitka National Historical Park on May 9 is lethargic and drooping. Sitka resident Larry Pouliot called the Alaska Raptor Center about the bird, which died a couple of hours later of highly pathogenic avian influenza. (Photo by Larry Pouliot)

Avian influenza’s arrival in Alaska signals danger for other parts of the world

BY: - May 20, 2022

When Larry Pouliot went on a morning walk in Sitka National Historical Park on May 9, he spotted a lethargic, unresponsive bald eagle perched in a tree, its eyes bloodshot and its neck drooping. “I realized he was not doing great,” said Pouliot, who got video footage and photos of the ailing bird. He called […]

Legislature approves budget with $3,200 payout per Alaskan after House balks at bigger figure

BY: - May 19, 2022

Three minutes before 11 p.m. on the last day of its regular session, the Alaska Legislature finalized a state budget that will pay each eligible Alaskan about $3,200 later this year.  As late as Saturday, it appeared possible that the House and Senate would agree on a $5,500 payment, but lawmakers settled on a lower […]

Two bull caribou of the Western Arctic Herd swimming across the Kobuk River during fall 2011 migration in Kobuk Valley National Park. The Ambler Access Project, a proposed 211-mile industrial road, would cross habitat used by the herd, which is one of the largest in North America. (Photo by Kyle Joly/National Park Service)

Biden administration’s pause on Ambler road project gets court approval

BY: - May 18, 2022

A federal judge has granted the Biden administration permission to reconsider a controversial Trump administration-approved road that would cut through the Brooks Range foothills. In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason approved the Department of the Interior’s plan to partially reevaluate the impacts of the proposed 211-mile Ambler Access Project while […]

Feds sue Alaska over management of Kuskokwim fisheries

BY: - May 18, 2022

The federal government sued Alaska’s state government and the state Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday, saying in a filing at the U.S. District Court in Anchorage that the state illegally opened the Kuskokwim River for salmon fishing.  The lawsuit seeks an injunction to block similar future actions by the state. Low salmon returns […]

After larger deal fails, state lawmakers propose payout of up to $3,850 per Alaskan

BY: - May 17, 2022

A compromise state budget containing as much as $3,850 in Permanent Fund dividends and energy payments for each eligible Alaskan is heading to final votes on the last regular day of the Alaska Legislature. A six-member committee completed work on the compromise budget late Tuesday, three days after the Alaska House failed to agree with […]

Thick-billed murres, like these photographed on an island in the Pribilof archipelago, are commonly found nesting on St. Paul Island. (Photo by Verena Gill/U.S. Geological Survey)

After two-year COVID hiatus, tours on Pribilof island set to resume

BY: - May 17, 2022

Two years after becoming one of the most sealed-off locations in the United States, St. Paul Island is reopening to visitors. St. Paul Island Tour, a business within the Unangan-owned TDX Corp., is resuming its operations after a pause forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. An email blast sent out last week revealed a lot of […]