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Trans-Alaska Pipeline Inspected by First FAA-Approved Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS

technology innovation  Pipeline  alaska  safe operations 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted August 16, 2019

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks made history last month by completing the first true beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight under the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule. The team flew a long-range hybrid-electric unmanned aircraft nearly four miles along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) UAS Integration Pilot Program – and in partnership with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

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Unleash Alaskan Energy

alaska  arctic  access 

API CEO Mike Sommers

Mike Sommers
Posted June 10, 2019

From the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico to Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, the U.S. has not just the resources but an industry with the technology and skill to develop them safely.

Take for example the North Slope of Alaska, an area poised to re-emerge as a “super basin” following discoveries like Willow, Pikka and Liberty. The resurgence has been great news for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, or TAPS — backbone of Alaska energy and critical pillar of U.S. energy security. TAPS throughput is ticking up, and new finds in National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, or NPR-A, could singlehandedly increase its volume by 18 percent. ...

On so many levels, U.S. energy security, and our national security, is tied to keeping Alaska energy strong.


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America Needs An Energy-Strong Alaska

alaska  us energy security  anwr  beaufort sea  chukchi sea 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 31, 2019

The stage and podium banners at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Conference in Anchorage this week had a simple, direct message – “Alaska: Back On The Map.” Certainly, the U.S. will be stronger, more secure and prosperous if the energy in Alaska and the Arctic offshore are developed to their potential.

This was the main point of keynote remarks by API President and CEO Mike Sommers (speech video here) – that an energy-strong Alaska makes America energy strong. The critical factor, Sommers said, is securing access to reserves – in the Alaskan offshore, the designated development zone of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s (ANWR) coastal plain and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).


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The Critical Importance of Energy Access in Alaska’s Coastal Plain

alaska leasing plan  access  economic benefits  jobs  security 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted March 18, 2019

In light of last week’s comment deadline for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Alaska’s Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program, it’s important to remember just how critical natural gas and oil development is to the Alaskan economy, the Alaskan people, and the long-term energy security of the United States.

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Energy Development Benefits Life on Alaska's North Slope

anwr  alaska  development 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted June 21, 2018

Last week, we wrote about the many benefits to opening up a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to natural gas and oil development – especially job creation, economic growth and long-term U.S. energy security. But there’s another benefit that warrants attention, and that’s the direct, measured improvements in the lives of Alaskans living in areas where energy development is occurring.

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Another Big Reason to Open ANWR for Safe Development

alaska  anwr  development  eia 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted June 15, 2018

We’ve talked at length about the many benefits to opening up a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to natural gas and oil development. There can be little doubt about ANWR’s importance to the United States’ long-term energy security.

The point is underscored in a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), analyzing the potential impact of natural gas and oil development in the coastal plain of ANWR. The results reiterate what we’ve been saying all along –  ANWR’s energy potential is incredibly large, and is a key part of a long-term U.S. energy vision.

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3 Good Reasons to Open ANWR for Safe Development

anwr  alaska  us energy security  oil and natural gas  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 1, 2017

Key points about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), as debate over whether to open a portion of ANWR to oil and natural gas development begins a new chapter with an important U.S. Senate hearing on Thursday: ANWR’s energy potential is large – Alaska large; ANWR can be safely developed; and ANWR is part of a long-term U.S. energy vision.

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Expanding Offshore Access is Key to U.S. Energy Security

access  offshore energy  alaska  arctic  eastern gulf  atlantic  pacific  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 1, 2017

Last week’s presidential executive order embracing increased access to America’s offshore natural gas and oil reserves jumpstarts an important conversation about the needed, positive steps to make the United States’ energy future more secure. With 94 percent of federal offshore acreage currently off limits to development, there are more questions about that future than if safe offshore access was the rule instead of the exception to the rule. The president’s order begins the process of changing the offshore equation. API Upstream Group Director Erik Milito talked about the offshore executive order and the need to build on it during a conference call with reporters

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100 Days: Access to Arctic Energy Key to U.S. Security

100-days  alaska  arctic  oil and natural gas  offshore energy  onshore  anwr  npr-a  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 20, 2017

There’s great opportunity to responsibly develop Alaska’s great oil and natural gas resources. This should be guided by a forward-thinking regulatory framework that prioritizes regularly scheduled lease sales as necessary to enhance U.S. energy security and maintain America’s position as a global energy superpower.

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Let’s Advance a True All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

oil and natural gas  alaska  arctic  access  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 21, 2016

America’s energy renaissance has propelled the United States to world leadership in oil and natural gas production. It’s historic and timely, given the fact oil and gas supplied 65 percent of the energy the U.S. used in 2015 and are projected to supply 67 percent of the energy we use in 2040 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Put another way: Oil and natural gas are and will continue to be America’s foundational fuels – because of their abundance, portability and high energy content – yet all other energy sources are and will play important roles as well. All of the above.  

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