NPR gets it wrong on Ballot Measure 1; BP gets a waiver

Energy Companies in Alaska Fight Controversial Salmon Initiative
Elizabeth Harball, NPR, Morning Edition, October 9, 2018

The ballot measure pits the state’s love for salmon against its need for oil and mining revenue. The controversial measure has drawn more money than all three gubernatorial candidates combined.

Our Take:   Nothing could be further from the truth. Ballot Measure One pits those who want to stop all development in the state of Alaska against those who want to continue to responsibly develop Alaska’s resource AND stand for salmon. Read what the experts – fisheries managers, scientists, regulators- have to say about this initiative.

BP/Serica Get US Waiver over Rhum
Natural Gas News, October 9, 2018

BP and UK independent Serica Energy have been granted a conditional US waiver until October 31, 2019 in respect of the UK North Sea Rhum gas field that is 50%-owned by Iranian state producer NIOC, effectively allowing for the completion of a major transaction by Serica to proceed. Serica said October 9 that the “conditional license and assurance” from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) – part of the US Treasury Department – will allow both US and non-US entities to provide goods, services and support to Rhum without fear of US sanctions, and thus enable production from the Rhum field to continue unaffected.

A new Russian state commission undertakes Putin’s big Arctic plans
Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer, October 9, 2018

Russia’s new state Commission for the Arctic will have work to support President Vladimir Putin’s new top priorities in the region, including efforts to boost the shipment of goods on the Northern Sea Route to 80 million tons by year 2024. Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev is commissioned to lead the work on Putin’s priorities for the Arctic. Trutnev, who is also responsible for developments in the Russian Far East, last week assembled government ministers and regional leaders for a first meeting the country’s new Arctic Commission.