Headlamp: Russian collusion with anti-shale groups in U.S.

Hilcorp brings $ and jobs to Kenai. Hilcorp is moving ahead with its $75 million plan to transport oil across Cook Inlet by subsea pipeline and close a tank farm that is close to Redoubt Volcano, according to a permit filed with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Crying fowl over ANWR?  House republican leaders this week released their budget plan, the first step in funding the federal government for the 2018 fiscal year. The Wilderness Society is crying foul, accusing them of “hijacking the budgetary process,” using parliamentary procedures to open ANWR to drilling through simple majority votes in the House and Senate.

Russian collusion with anti-shale groups in US. Congressman Lamar Smith and Congressman Randy Weber of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology wrote a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steve Munchin asking for an investigation into Russian influence against the U.S. shale industry.

Waxing and waning. In part 2 of “Pipeline at 40,” KTUU explores the challenges engineers and pipeline operators are facing as the amount of oil in the pipeline decreases. “The slower it goes, the more difficult and complex the problem is” according to Betsy Haines, senior engineering director for Alyeska Pipeline.

Fairbanks finds 10. The opening day of the filing period for local elections in Fairbanks drew 10 people.  Many first-time candidates for assembly, school board and the borough-owned gas utility board, as well as veterans David Pruhs, Aaron Lojewski and Jack Wilbur have filed.

First Reads:

Hilcorp moves forward on plan to close volcano-threatened oil tank farm
Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, July 18, 2017

Congressional budget subtly bores path to Arctic refuge drilling
Arctic Now/The Washington Post, Dino Grandoni, July 19, 2017

Russia’s Capitol is funding Anti-Shale groups in U.S.: House Committees
Oil & Gas 360, July 17, 2017

House budget could lead to Alaska refuge drilling
The Hill, Timothy Cama, July 18, 2017

Pipeline at 40: ‘Cold War’ against lower flow
KTUU, Mike Ross, July 18, 2017

Local election filing period off to brisk start
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Amanda Bohman, July 19, 2019