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U.S. Judge in Alaska Blocks Attempt to Open Arctic, Atlantic to Expanded Drilling

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in Alaska overturned President Donald Trump’s attempt to open areas in the Arctic and Atlantic to oil and gas leasing. According to Reuters, Gleason referenced the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and noted that while presidents can withdraw from oil and gas leasing, only Congress can add new leasing areas into the program. Read

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$200 Million Allocated to Assist Fishermen Affected by Hurricanes

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocated $200 million in disaster funding appropriated by Congress to help fishermen and the businesses and communities that rely upon them to recover and rebuild following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. Funding has also been appropriated and allocated for the disasters that devastated West Coast and Alaskan fishermen from 2014 to 2017. NOAA

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U.S. and Russia Propose Bering Strait Shipping Routes

As a result of increased shipping traffic in Arctic waters, the international Maritime Organization received a proposal from the United States and the Russian Federation to establish a system of two-way routes for ships to follow through the Bering Sea and Bering Strait. The proposal includes six two-way routes and six precautionary areas off the coast of Chukotskiy Peninsula and

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