President Trump and the Paris Accord: Should I stay or should I go now?

ConocoPhillips boosts Alaska’s economy. Defying lackluster crude oil prices, ConocoPhillips is planning an aggressive North Slope exploration program this winter. “We are currently considering up to a five-well winter exploratory drilling program in 2018, four wells in the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska and one well on State of Alaska acreage, subject to final budget and permit approvals,” spokeswoman Amy Burnett said. At least one other exploration well is planned by Armstrong Oil and Gas. Most of the work is focused on the western North Slope near where recent discoveries have been made by ConocoPhillips and Armstrong.

New sheriff in town. Heidi Hansen will join the Alaska Department of Natural Resources as a deputy commissioner effective Sept. 18. In a Sept. 8 statement, DNR Commissioner Andy Mack noted: “Her knowledge of natural resource issues in Alaska, her legal expertise, and extensive work on federal natural resource policy…”

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the north is the focus of meetings in Fairbanks this week. The University of Alaska Fairbanks “Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Integration” is hosting industry representatives to talk about UAV based operations in Alaska and the Arctic (Listen now). “It’s everything from wildlife monitoring to looking at sea ice, infrastructure monitoring, law enforcement support, such as search and rescue, and a bunch of other Alaska focused issues,” Center Director Cathy Cahill said. Cahill said unmanned aircraft opportunities are growing as the technology is well suited to Alaska and the Arctic.

News about the Paris accord: 

Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord
Reuters, Lucia Mutikani, September 17, 2017

The Energy 202: Two things you should know when Trump administration talks about Paris climate accord
The Washington Post, Dino Grandoni, September 18, 2017

Cohn: Trump still planning to withdraw from Paris climate accord
CNN, Kevin Liptak, September 18, 2017

First Reads:

ConocoPhillips bucking low oil prices with increased exploration
The Frontiersman, Tim Bradner, September 18, 2017

Heidi Hansen new DNR deputy commissioner
Petroleum News, September 17, 2017

UAV industry reps discuss the vehicles’ future in Fairbanks
Alaska Public Media, Dan Bross, September 15, 2017