The Flint Hills oil refinery in North Pole will reduce operations over the next several months and then shut down, and the company is blaming the high cost of doing business in Alaska and expensive issues with contamination that it says it inherited from the prior owner.
Flint Hill Resources Alaska LLC announced Tuesday it would shut down one of its two remaining units on May 1, ending its production of gasoline, and will shutter the second unit no later than June 1, ending production of jet fuel and other products. Two other units had closed earlier.
The refinery closure will cost the Fairbanks North Star Borough a top employer and taxpayer and Stevens Anchorage International Airport one source of locally produced jet fuel.
Since we're already paying the price equivalent of imported California gasoline, it's hoped the impact on drivers will be minimal.
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Then there's this:
Alaska moved one big step closer Tuesday to a public vote on legalizing marijuana.
On Tuesday, a ballot initiative campaign to decriminalize and regulate pot reached the signature threshold necessary under state election law to put the issue on the Aug. 19 primary ballot.
If the measure passes, Alaska would become the third state in the nation, after Colorado and Washington, to allow cannabis for recreational use.
It's starting to look like I shoulda stayed in bed...