Morning Headlamp – Airships on the Kenai, Burn Ban in Fairbanks, and Seafood Settlement in Dutch Harbor.

Gas Delivery Airship Ready For Delivery In 2019. PRL Logistics first announced plans to base an airship at its facility along the Kenai River last year, and has been working with ExxonMobil to add modular liquefied natural gas tanks on the airship that could be used to deliver North Slope gas to Alaska’s isolated communities. The airship can land on snow, ice, gravel and water and has space for 47,000 pounds of cargo. “If the cost of being able to do remote construction and responsible resource development can be reduced through reducing the logistics cost, some projects that might be close to going may actually go,” PRL Logistics Founder and CEO Ron Hyde said. PRL Logistics also plans to build a $10 million hangar in Kenai to house the airship and possibly move its accounting, procurement and technical teams from Anchorage to Kenai.

Not so fast…President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that will authorize the review of any national monument created since January 1996.  The Antiquities Act has been used in recent years to put “millions of acres” of land and sea off limits to development. “By and large, the Antiquities Act and the monuments that we’ve protected have done a great service to the public,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said, although citizens in western states “would probably say it’s abused. My position is, I’m going to be looking into it and evaluating it on a legal basis.”

EPA – Dutch Harbor Seafood Processor Settle. A Seattle-based seafood processor that operates in Alaska would pay a $1.3 million civil penalty under a proposed settlement of clean air violations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Westward Seafoods also would be required to spend $1.1 million on air pollution reduction projects and $800,000 on emissions monitoring at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Westward Seafoods self-reported that three employees turned off air pollution controls from 2009 to 2011 at a processing plant. The three pleaded guilty to falsifying records.

Panel Calls for Wood Burning Ban in Fairbanks. Members of a local Air Pollution Control Commission are asking the Fairbanks North Star Borough to take several steps to address heavily polluted air in the borough, including banning old wood stoves and putting restrictions on wood sales. The commission is recommending old wood stoves be banned in parts of Fairbanks and North Pole and that the borough add new requirements for wood storage. The panel has also asked the borough to consider implementing ultra-low sulfur home heating oil.

 

First Reads

Alaska City to Get Giant Egg-Shaped Aircraft by 2019

AP, April 26, 2017

Seafood Processor, EPA Settle On Alaska Clean Air Violations

KFQD, Toben Shelby, April 26, 2017

Panel Recommends Smoke Control Measures for Alaska Borough

U.S. News & World Report, AP, April 26, 2017

Trump to order broad review of national monuments and parks

The Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin, April 26, 2017

Trump Is Expected to Sign Orders That Could Expand Access to Fossil Fuels

New York Times, Coral Davenport, April 25, 2017

Norway doubles Barents Sea oil and gas estimate, alarms green lobby

Reuters, Nerijus Adomaitis and Alister Doyle, April 25, 2017