Friday’s Fast Five

Top Story of the Week

This week, the EPA and Pebble continued their legal battle over whether EPA improperly worked with an outside group in violation of the federal Advisory Committee Act. EPA says it has turned over more than 100,000 pages of records to Pebble through the court process where each side must provide relevant documents to the other.  Pebble contends that EPA was too chummy with mine opponents, forming an illegal backroom advisory committee that guided an unprecedented early EPA evaluation of the risk of a large mine in the Bristol Bay watershed.

Top Reads of the Week

Australia’s Gorgon, one of the world’s largest LNG terminals, ships first cargo
EIA, March 31, 2016
Australia’s Gorgon project, one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the world, shipped its first cargo last week to Japan.

Trends 2016: Cook Inlet producers continue with scheduled plans
Peninsula Clarion, Elizabeth Earl, March 29, 2016
Though oil and gas construction spending around the state is predicted to drop, Cook Inlet is somewhat shielded by smaller producers’ investments.

Former Alaska lawmakers join ex-governors in urgent call for fiscal solution
Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, March 29, 2016
About 40 former Alaska lawmakers of diverse political stripes and backgrounds convened in Anchorage on Tuesday for a meeting of the minds on how to solve Alaska’s $4 billion budget deficit.

Quote of the Week

 “Do we really need this function?” — Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River