Friday’s Fast Five

Top Story of the Week

This week the Arctic Energy Center, a pro-drilling coalition that includes the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, says it will run television ads in the Washington, D.C., area to remind the president of the economic importance of oil and gas drilling on the Alaska economy.

Top Reads of the Week

BP report highlights sharp reduction in jobs and taxes amid low prices
Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, September 13, 2016
Government payments, jobs and spending by BP, the operator of the huge Prudhoe Bay oil field, fell steeply in 2015, the first full year of a prolonged oil price slump and a reduction in the company’s Alaska operations.

Obama Kept His Promise, 83,000 Coal Jobs Lost and 400 Mines Shuttered
Daily Caller, Andrew Follett, September 5, 2016
This Labor Day, America has 83,000 fewer coal jobs and 400 coal mines than it did when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, showing that the president has followed through on his pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry.

State Natural Resources department hires new oil and gas overseer
Alaska Public Radio News, Elizabeth Harball, September 14, 2016
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced it has hired a new deputy commissioner in charge of oil and gas.

 Quote of the Week

“Game changer”David Houseknecht, project chief for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Energy Resources Program for Alaska