Economic Report 13-2018

Economic Report 13-2018

In this Issue:

Petroleum
Oil is found all over western North Slope
Dry holes for decades; new technology now enables discoveries
What can we make of these new oil discoveries?
Employment effect more difficult to judge
New development is technology-driven
Arctic Slope Regional Corp., a big winner
Point Thomson technical problems
Slope oil production is stable
NPR-A coastal areas to open?
ANWR EIS draft in 4th quarter?

Minerals
Bans on mining activities stripped from salmon initiative; still a lot left
What’s left in the salmon initiative?
Salmon measure proponents feel court left its objectives intact
Key terms in ballot measure are vague, requiring regulations
Donlin Gold federal permits okayed
Fort Knox mine expansion kicks off

Fisheries
China squabble upsets fisheries
Bristol Bay sockeye near record
Deep gulf salmon study underway
Aleutian king crab quota rises

Timber
Agencies work on roadless rule

Energy
Interior utility; still hard feelings
Air cargo traffic rose in first half of year

Business Intelligence
Alaska home values tick up, despite recession
Army Corps midway through Nome port expansion study
October target for Chugach electric approval of ML&P deal
Plastic bag ban now before Anchorage’s assembly

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