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  • Approval for Shell - 08/23/2015 (Full story) On Aug. 17 the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it had issued a revised drilling permit, allowing Shell to drill its Chukchi Sea Burger J well into potential hydrocarbon bearing zones. Shell started drilling the well on July 30 using the semi-submersible drilling rig the T....

  • A third well for Doyon - 08/23/2015 (Full story) Doyon Ltd., the Native regional corporation for the Alaska Interior, has decided to drill a third exploration well in the Nenana basin, the corporation announced on Aug. 13. The corporation anticipates drilling the well, called the Toghotthele No. 1, during the summer of 2016. Doyon has already dril....

  • Energizing an election - 08/23/2015 (Full story) No matter who wins the Canadian election on Oct. 19, the outcome could be crucial to the future of the country's petroleum industry. And, at this stage of the campaign, the four major parties — governing Conservatives who are seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, the poll-leading New Democrat....

  • Aurora takes another turn at Hanna; Craig assigns 4 leases at prospect - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) The saga of the Hanna prospect continues. Aurora Exploration LLC has acquired the four-lease prospect on the west side of Cook Inlet from independent investor Paul L. Craig, according to a recent state lease report. The transaction gives Aurora 100 percent working interest and 82.5 percent royalty i....

  • AGDC board elects officers and gets estimates of off-take facilities costs - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors met Aug. 13, elected officers, approved confidentiality agreement regulations to go out for public comment and got some specifics on development costs for the off-take facilities for in-state gas access from a gas pipeline from the North Slope.....

  • Josephson eager for Obama, Kerry visit - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) House Rep. Andy Josephson says the pending visit from President Barack Obama couldn't be better timed. With the recent permits awarded to Shell and the U.S.'s recent two-year appointment as chair to the Arctic Council, this is an ideal time for Obama to pay a visit most presidents have failed to do.....

  • Repsol 2013 exploration results released - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) Reports Repsol USA submitted to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for wells it drilled in the 2013 winter season on the North Slope have passed the 24-month confidentiality period and are now in the public record. Two of the four wells, Qugruk No. 1 and Qugruk No. 6, were tested for oi....

  • Canadian election stalls XL verdict - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Canadian federal election campaign is now identified as the latest hitch in the Obama administration's prolonged consideration of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. David Wilkins, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said delaying the verdict would give the two countries a chance to reset a rela....

  • Russian moves highlight Arctic concerns - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said the Russians are looking to militarize the Arctic, making it all the more important for the U.S. to have a broad Arctic strategy that includes having sufficient troops based in Alaska. Sullivan said Aug. 17 that's why he has been critical of proposed troop reductions in....

  • The pebble shale oil source potential - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) The pebble shale, lower Cretaceous in age, is one of an assemblage of rock units, including the Hue shale and the highly radioactive or gamma-ray zone, that forms the youngest of the major oil sources in the prolific petroleum system of Alaska's North Slope. But although the pebble shale is widespre....


  • Trans Mountain pipe hearing snubbed - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) Upset by a process they have labeled as “biased, unfair, rigged and a farce,” 37 individuals and organizations have decided they will no longer participate in a hearing by Canada's National Energy Board on Kinder Morgan's plan to triple capacity on its Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline. An NEB spokesw....

  • Greater Mooses Tooth still uncertain - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) Even though ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. recently revised an application for a drilling permit at its Greater Mooses Tooth unit, the company said it has yet to make a final decision about whether to fund the development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recen....

  • RCA gives go ahead for FNG purchase - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Regulatory Commission of Alaska said Aug. 13 that it is approving an application by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to acquire gas utility Fairbanks Natural Gas. AIDEA is in process of taking over the Fairbanks utility as part of the Interior Energy Project, a project to b....

  • EPA proposes methane emission regs - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new regulations that would limit methane emissions from oil and gas industry operations, the agency said Aug. 18. The mandatory rules in the regulations would complement voluntary methane emissions efforts from the Methane Challenge Program that the a....

  • Ontario says risks outweigh benefits - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) The prospect of pumping C$15 billion to C$19 billion into the Ontario economy over the first 20 years of TransCanada's Energy East project has failed to sway the Ontario Energy Board. The provincial government's energy regulator argued the environmental risks of the C$12 billion pipeline, designed t....

  • Taqa mystery deepens - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) From the outset it was a puzzle. Eight years later it is even more confusing. There has seldom been a more aggressive expansion plan by a new arrival in the North American oil and gas industry. Equally, there has seldom been a company to withdraw so fast into the shadows. But that has been the short....

  • Oil Patch Bits: PESI mourns the loss of Donald Parker - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) Petroleum Equipment Services Inc. announced that former Vice President of Operations Donald Parker passed away in Seattle, Washington, on June 25. Parker was born March 23, 1946 in Laurel, Mississippi. His career started in the 1960s when he went to work on rigs in Mississippi and Louisiana. In the....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Motion Industries shop achieves certification - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, is pleased to announce that its service center in Pensacola, Florida, has recently achieved Timken Bearing Certified Shop “Gold” Level for 2015. Associates from The Timken Co. audited the shop....

  • Oil Patch Bits: AECOM hires Ortiz as a contracts and procurement lead - 08/23/2015 (Login to read Full story) Lymari Ortiz has joined AECOM's Anchorage, Alaska, office as a contracts and procurement lead for the Alaska LNG Project. Ortiz has more than 20 years of experience and specialized qualifications in project management, auditing and supply management. She is a versatile professional with diverse skil....

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