The BLM-hosted meeting took place as part of a feedback process for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement the bureau released in October, which found that the road will affect 66 tribal communities in the region.
ConocoPhillips Alaska says a shallow gas reservoir that a waste disposal well had come into contact with was the source of a natural gas release first detected last month at one of its North Slope drill sites.
The natural gas leak that was detected at a North Slope oilfield operated by ConocoPhillips Alaska on Friday is still ongoing, and the cause is still being investigated. The company evacuated employees from the area on Monday.
Fairbanks is a town founded on gold mining, but a recent project to search for gold in the area is causing alarm among some residents. Felix Gold and Milrock Resources are in a strategic partnership to explore for gold in the Fairbanks area.
With temperatures in the upper 80′s, Fairbanks is seeing record hot weather. According to the National Weather Service, Monday had a high of 88 that broke an over 100 year old record from 1919. Tuesday once again broke the record with an official high of 90, three degrees higher than the previous record.
A split federal appeals court panel has sent back for further legal review a 2019 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw proposed restrictions on large-scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.
Both Republican and Democratic senators are pressing Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.