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Alaska Fights Federal Government to Reverse Polar Bear Threatened Species Status

Polar bears stranded on melting ice.

Polar bears stranded on melting Arctic ice floes.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he has the best interest of polar bears at heart, but he doesn’t intend to let the federal government’s expanded protection for bears get in the way of the state’s continued prosperity.

Like his predecessor, Sarah Palin, the governor is suing the federal government to overturn the listing of the iconic symbol of the Arctic as a threatened species, a move made last year that he believes could threaten Alaska’s lifeblood: petroleum development.

“Currently some are attempting to improperly use the Endangered Species Act to shut down resource development,” Parnell says. “I’m not going to let this happen on my watch.”

As Alaska North Slope wells dry up, the state is turning to potential offshore discoveries to refill the Trans-Alaska pipeline and ensure the long-term prospects of a $26 billion proposed natural gas pipeline. Protections for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act could thwart that, Parnell says, adding that they’re not needed.

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Gov. Parnell Moves to Erase Sarah Palin, Seeks to Reopen Kensington Gold Mine near Juneau

Parnell has moved to support the reopening of the Kensington Mine near Juneau, Alaska.  The Corps of Engineers had revoked the fill permit allowing the mine to dump tailings in a land locked lake
00Kensington Gold Mine

The entrance tunnel and water treatment facility for the Kensington Gold Mine operated by Coeur Alaska can be seen against Lion Head Mountain near Juneau, Alaska. Environmental groups have demonstrated that permits allowing the proposed Kensington Gold Mine to dump tons of chemical waste into Lower Slate Lake located in the Tongass National Forest will violate the Clean Water Act.

Gov. Sean Parnell made his first move to put his stamp on the Governor’s office.

Sarah Palin’s long time friend and confidant Kris Perry, the Governor’s Anchorage office manager, stepped down.  Kris was replaced by a long time Parnell aide, Cindy Sims.

The most notable change was the resignation of Frank Bailey, Director of Boards and Commissions.  Frank attracted notoriety with his famous call to Lt. Rod Dial to discuss Trooper Wooten and confidential personnel issues that he should never have been privy to, given his position.  However, Frank was Sarah’s loyal dog, and he did what he was told.  Of that, there is no doubt.

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Alaska Attorney General Sullivan: Gov. Palin can Appoint an ‘Acting’ Lieutenant Governor

Alaska State Attorney General Dan Sullivan

Alaska State Attorney General Dan Sullivan

State Attorney General Dan Sullivan says Gov. Sarah Palin has the power to appoint Alaska’s new lieutenant governor by herself without confirmation by the Alaska Legislature.

Sullivan, in his first formal opinion since he took over June 16, weighed in on the issue created when Palin designated Lt. Gen. Craig Campbell, commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as the new lieutenant governor when Sean Parnell replaces her as governor.

Campbell would step up to the state’s No. 2 spot instead of the previous designee, Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt, whom the Legislature has already confirmed.

Sullivan’s opinion contradicts that of legislative attorney Tam Cook, who earlier determined that legislative confirmation was required.

“To be honest, it’s a very close call,” Sullivan said.

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