Alaska and Hawaii

Hawaiian Electric, Others Agree To Proposed $4B Maui Wildfire Deal: Report

"Hawaiian Electric Industries and other defendants in lawsuits over the Maui wildfires in Hawaii have tentatively agreed to pay more than $4 billion in settlement amount, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter."

Source: Reuters, 07/19/2024

"US Court Overturns Alaska Oil Lease Sale In A Win For Environmentalists"

"A federal court in Alaska overturned on Tuesday night an oil and gas lease sale that had been mandated by the Biden administration's signature climate law as part of a political compromise, on grounds that the U.S. government violated the law when holding the sale."

Source: Reuters, 07/19/2024

Biden BLM To Add Protections Against Drilling In Alaska Petroleum Reserve

"Federal officials are proposing a new set of protections in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. If approved, they could come atop the rules that Bureau of Land Management finalized this spring to limit oil and gas drilling on more than half of the giant petroleum reserve."

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 07/18/2024

Outrage After Biden NPS Reinstates ‘Barbaric’ Trump-Era Hunting Rules

"The Biden administration has reinstated controversial Trump-era rules allowing what critics say are “barbaric” hunting practices that target bears and wolves, including pups or cubs, on federal land in Alaska.

Source: Guardian, 07/08/2024

"Interior Nixes Trump’s Alaska Land Orders, Mine Road"

"The Biden administration is dealing Alaska and its congressional delegation a significant blow, rejecting a pivotal mining road and proposing to revoke Trump-era orders that would have opened up 28 million acres of federal land to energy development and mining."

Source: E&E News, 06/28/2024

Hawaii Settles Lawsuit From Youths Over Climate Change. Here’s What To Know.

"About two years after 13 children and teens sued Hawaii over the threat posed by climate change, both sides reached a settlement that includes an ambitious requirement to decarbonize the state’s transportation system over the next 21 years."

Source: AP, 06/24/2024

"EPA To Disband Red Hill Oversight Group Amid Navy Complaints"

"HONOLULU — A community-led group formed to provide public oversight of the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility will be shut down after the committee refused to cede control of the meetings to the military."

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 06/14/2024

Unique Award-Winner Highlights Risks to Whales From Fight Over Fish

Whales and fishers chasing the same catch can lead to serious impacts on marine mammals, including illegal shootings. To tell the story, journalist Nick Rahaim took an unusual tack — reporting while working as a deckhand on a fishing vessel. His award-winning account won praise for its balance, sourcing and insight. Rahaim talks about his approach in our Inside Story Q&A.

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