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Hilcorp's troubles (Full story)
Hilcorp has paid a $115,500 civil penalty for the latest in a string of enforcement actions drilling regulators have taken against the company during its brief time as an oil and gas operator in Alaska.
The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says Hilcorp has drawn more than a dozen enforceme....
Looking to simplify (Full story)
When Hilcorp Alaska, the company that now dominates oil and gas production in Alaska's Cook Inlet basin, took over Chevron's and Marathon's assets in the basin, the company acquired four key pipelines that deliver natural gas from Cook Inlet fields to Southcentral gas and power utilities. Now, as th....
LNG tops BC to-do list (Full story)
The British Columbia government has sent out a clear message it will waste no time trying to get LNG export projects on track.
In unveiling her new cabinet after the May 14 election, Premier Christy Clark gave top priority to doing what she can to lock up sales contracts and using LNG as her best ch....
Enstar plans to buy ‘boil-off' gas from idling Kenai LNG facility (Full story)
Enstar Natural Gas Co. is looking to connect a new supply source to its system.
Bu the natural gas won't come from existing fields, new exploration or even imports.
It will come from a hidden corner of the Kenai liquefied natural gas facility.
Just like the last scoop of peanut butter scraped from t....
Encana's new boss faces testing time; Doug Suttles a BP veteran (Full story)
Encana has put a former executive of BP at the helm of its ship, which may not be in danger, but is battling severe headwinds.
The board of one of North America's largest natural gas producers chose Doug Suttles, a 22-year veteran of BP who spent eight years in Alaska, as its new chief executive off....
Parnell: Multiple gas options in play
Oil taxes may have grabbed more headlines, but advancing a natural gas pipeline project and marketing North Slope gas never fell off the draft board in Gov. Sean Parnell's office.
Last fall, Parnell traveled to Japan and Korea to tout the state's export prospects, highlighting decades of reliable Co....
MGM backs off Mackenzie Delta
Faced with meeting an early C$6.3 million work-spending commitment to retain its exploration licenses in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories and little evidence that natural gas from the Arctic has any hope of reaching southern Canadian and U.S. markets, MGM Energy has headed for....
Alberta premier chases all options
Alberta Premier Alison Redford has expressed hope that she can patch up differences with her British Columbia counterpart Christy Clark, but not to the extent of supporting tolls on pipelines from the oil sands to the Pacific Coast.
British Columbia Environment Minister Terry Lake told reporters dur....
ConocoPhillips faces $45,000 penalty
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. is facing a $45,000 civil penalty for alleged violations at a well in the Kuparuk River unit on the North Slope.
The company has asked the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates drilling, to reconsider its decision to impose the penalty.
As a result, t....
Another CD-5 suit filed against Corps
The approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of ConocoPhillips Alaska's CD-5 development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has drawn another court challenge. The Center for Biological Diversity said in a June 5 statement that it was challenging the agency's approval of the development.
Sally Jewell makes ANWR stance clear
In case anyone is still unsure where the Obama administration stands on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, please refer to newly installed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's recent congressional testimony.
“The president has made it clear that it is not part of his agenda to do oil and....
Court declines global warming case
In a May 20 ruling the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case in which the Chukchi Sea coastal village of Kivalina had sued multiple energy and utility companies for the impacts of global warming from fossil fuel use. The village claimed that recent coastal erosion threatening the village's surv....
LNG industry eyes transportation market
Transportation revolutions do occur. And they can get traction quickly.
At the LNG 17 conference, two speakers recounted stories of a new fuel overthrowing an older, long-entrenched one thanks to compelling economics and new technology.
Kulluk hearing brought out key issues
The U.S. Coast Guard has yet to publish the results of its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Dec. 31 grounding of the Kulluk, Shell's Arctic floating drilling platform. But a nine-day public hearing in Anchorage, gathering testimony for the investigation, provided some fascinating....
Parnell signs Flint Hills royalty oil bill
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation extending state royalty oil sales to the Flint Hills Resources refinery at North Pole, near Fairbanks.
Parnell signed Senate Bill 86 into law during a June 11 visit to the refinery.
“Extending the state's contract with Flint Hills Refinery is good for....
Beaudreau hears Arctic drilling views
Against the backdrop of Royal Dutch Shell's troubled 2012 attempt to drill in the Arctic Ocean, a top Interior official — and former Alaskan — heard the gamut of views June 6 about whether and how oil companies can safely drill offshore in the Alaska Arctic.
No drilling at all, said the Sierra Club.....
The ups and down of Alaska job growth
It can be hard to make sense of oil and gas industry employment in Alaska.
The industry has reported record employment levels almost every year since 2006 and as of April 2013 direct employment stood at a high of 14,100 jobs. But the steady increase in jobs came as oil production fell just as steadi....
Statoil cites tax issues in project delay
Norwegian oil company Statoil has announced that it is delaying an investment decision for its Johan Castberg oil field in the Barents Sea because of a combination of uncertainty in the resource estimates for the field and proposed changes to Norwegian petroleum taxes. Statoil says that it has been....
Court won't reconsider polar bear decision
The federal District Court in Alaska has declined to reconsider its ruling rejecting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's designation of critical habitat for the polar bear.
Following the listing of the bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, in 2010 Fish and Wildlife had designated a c....
AOGCC looking for technical support
The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has issued a request for proposals for petroleum measurement technical consulting support.
AOGCC has a statutory requirement to regulate measurement of oil and gas and has adopted regulations requiring operators to measure production in accordance with....
Oil Patch Bits: Skinner promoted to VP of Freight Services
Sourdough Express said June 6 that Brian E. Skinner has been promoted to vice president of Freight Services.
Skinner joined Sourdough Express 10 years ago as the manager of business development. He was quickly promoted to general manager as his leadership increased a loyal customer base and successf....
Oil Patch Bits: SANY America names Totem its Alaska excavator dealer
Totem Equipment & Supply said June 4 that it has been named the first SANY America excavator dealer in Alaska, representing SANY in the Anchorage market.
“There is a lot of opportunity in Alaska and we're excited to partner with a company that has found the key to success for over 50 years,” said E....
Oil Patch Bits: M-I SWACO introduces new dual-deck shale shaker
M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger company, said June 6 that it has introduced the MD-2 dual-deck shale shaker. When combined with DURAFLO composite screens, the MD-2 shaker provides optimal solids control performance for drilling applications.
The development of the MD-2 shale shaker was the result of custo....|