Tim Bradner

  • There are huge benefits for the state if Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed state participation in a North Slope gas project goes forward: as much as $2 billion to $3 billion per year in new revenues. If the project were expanded, as the partnership deal anticipates, state revenues could increase by 30 ...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:04am
  • JUNEAU — Mining is good for Alaska’s economy, but while the state’s six producing mines are holding up well, and some even expanding, a sharp 38 percent drop in exploration spending last year is having ripple effects. Overall, mining employed 4,600 Alaskans directly last year and the overall e...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:17pm
  • If Sen. Hollis French has his way, the convening of the Legislature Jan. 21 will be day one of the campaign to repeal the oil tax reform bill that passed last year. French, an Anchorage Democrat, will also be the Senate’s new Minority Leader after Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, who held that posi...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:47pm
  • ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy to resume LNG exports from Alaska, a company spokeswoman said Dec. 12. The company plans to reopen its mothballed liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula, to operate on a seasonal basis, spo...

    Tue, 12/24/2013 - 4:19pm
  • The oil tax law touted as guaranteeing Alaska a bigger slice of the profits pie when oil prices rise may well have boomeranged. A “progressivity” formula in the current law, known as ACES, ratchets up tax rates on oil profits sharply when prices rise. But it works the other way too. When oil val...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 3:55pm
  • The Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. CEO says the company is continuing its efforts to develop the giant Pebble minerals project southwest of Anchorage, and is encouraged about prospects for bringing in a new partner to replace Anglo American, which withdrew from the project in September. The company ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:27pm
  • ANCHORAGE — It is one of Alaska’s great success stories: rural health care, operated by Alaska Natives. After decades of pushing for self-governance, Native people gained control of federally administered Indian Health Service programs for Alaska in 1998 and improvements in health care delivery ...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:15pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Ltd. is having its share of problems with its Cook Inlet offshore exploration. The company has pulled its Endeavour jack-up rig off a planned offshore exploration location in Cook Inlet because of delays in setting up for the well. Buccaneer cited a pending Oct. 31 state deadline fo...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:21am
  • The new federal health insurance exchange for Alaska rolled out Oct. 1 with glitches, but those were expected. Valarie Davidson, government affairs director of for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, likened it to the first day of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend on-line enrollment. “It will...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:55am
  • The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is pushing ahead with its fast-track plan to develop a small liquefied natural gas plant on the North Slope and to truck the LNG 500 miles to Fairbanks on the Dalton Highway. Jim Hemsath, AIDEA’s deputy director for project development, said h...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:53am

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