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  • It's off limits - 02/01/2015 (Full story) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a final environmental impact statement for the agency's conservation plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In that EIS the agency has selected a plan alternative that recommends that Congress should designate the entire refuge as wilderness, (....

  • An OCS sales proposal - 02/01/2015 (Full story) On Jan. 27 the Department of the Interior published its draft five-year outer continental shelf oil and gas lease sale plan for 2017-2022. In what the agency characterized as “a regionally tailored approach” the plan proposes one sale each in the Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea and Cook Inlet areas of Ala....

  • Canadian ‘price shock' - 02/01/2015 (Full story) Bank of Canada Gov. Stephen Poloz stunned money markets Jan. 21 when he lowered Canada's trend setting interest rate to 0.75 percent from 1 percent — a move that none of the 22 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast. The central bank explained that it had no choice at a time when the impact o....

  • Shell Chukchi drilling this year - 02/01/2015  Shell remains committed to drill in the Chukchi Sea this year, provided the company can obtain the necessary permits and clear some continuing legal challenges, Ben van Beurden, the company's CEO, said during the company's fourth quarter earnings call on Jan. 29. “We have retained a very significant....

  • Conoco slowing Mooses Tooth pace - 02/01/2015  ConocoPhillips Alaska said Jan. 29 that it is slowing the pace of investment on the Greater Mooses Tooth 1 project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. “We are deferring the final investment decision for GMT1,” ConocoPhillips Alaska President Trond-Erik Johansen said in a statement. “The proje....

  • AIDEA buying FNG to move gas - 02/01/2015  AIDEA said Jan. 28 that, in conjunction with Gov. Bill Walker, it has signed a letter of intent to purchase Pentex Alaska Natural Gas Co. LLC and its assets, including Fairbanks Natural Gas. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority said it would immediately commence due diligence on t....

  • British Columbia caught in shaky LNG outlook - 02/01/2015  The number-crunching on British Columbia's chances of becoming a global LNG player continues against the backdrop of spreading unease over the outlook for commodity prices. A report by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. said the province may have to settle for only two major projects, down from the revised....

  • Repsol gets three exploration permits - 02/01/2015  With a bundle of recently approved drilling permits, Repsol E&P USA Inc. is ready to move ahead with a three-well exploration program in the Colville River Delta this winter. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recently gave the company permits to drill the Qugruk No. 301, Qugruk No. 8 an....

  • Johnson: Alaska is pawn in bigger game - 02/01/2015  Most may see Rep. Craig Johnson as someone entering his third term as Rules Chairman, a key leadership post. But the Anchorage Republican is also entering his fifth term as a member of the House Resources Committee. He served as co-chair for the first two terms, the first with the late Carl Gatto an....

  • Corps favors Nome for deep-draft port - 02/01/2015  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of completing a report recommending an expansion to the harbor at Nome as a preferred option for a deep-draft port in Arctic Alaska, Lorraine Cordova, economic section chief in the Corps' Alaska District, told a meeting of the Alaska Association of....

  • Climate action clock running - 02/01/2015  For the Canadian petroleum industry the uppermost question for 2015, except for the imponderables of commodity prices, hangs over whether the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper decides that its chances of a fourth straight election victory depend on implementing carbon reduction promises. A....

  • Obama orders Arctic coordination group - 02/01/2015  President Barack Obama has ordered the formation of an Arctic Executive Steering Committee to coordinate the implementation of federal Arctic polices across government departments and agencies. Where applicable the committee will also improve the coordination of Arctic policies across state, local a....

  • RCA subpoenas former FNG employee - 02/01/2015  The state is requiring a former Fairbanks Natural Gas LLC employee to explain a personal email he recently sent to the chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. With a Jan. 26 subpoena, Administrative Law Judge John P. Wood ordered Patrick Kirby to appear before Fairbanks North Star Borough....


  • Minor lease transactions in December - 02/01/2015  Aurora Gas LLC is looking to transfer a small royalty interest in four segments of ADL 388233 to Apache Alaska Corp, according to the December 2014 lease report from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The lease is on the west side of Cook Inlet, where Apache and Aurora have previously engag....

  • Operations, gas line transition focus - 02/01/2015  Field operations and gas projects topped the list of priority issues identified by the oil and gas working group of the transition team conference which Alaska's governor-elect, Bill Walker, and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott assembled in November after their election. The transition report was releas....

  • On the move in BC Montney - 02/01/2015  Artek Exploration, a nimble-footed Canadian exploration and production junior, has posted some of the strongest initial results from its program in British Columbia's liquids-rich Montney play. A horizontal well that the company drilled and completed during the final quarter of 2014 yielded a contro....

  • Chugach, AIX sign supply agreement - 02/01/2015  Chugach Electric Association could soon start buying natural gas from AIX Energy LLC under the terms of a supply agreement the two parties closed toward the end of last year. The deal is the first since the Houston-based AIX Energy acquired the Kenai Loop field from previous operator Buccaneer Energ....

  • EPA proposes revised spill response regs - 02/01/2015  The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations specifying new and revised toxicity and efficacy tests for dispersants and other chemicals used in offshore oil spill responses. The new regulations, which come in reaction to issues raised during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in th....

  • DOE cites carbon sequestration success - 02/01/2015  The Department of Energy has announced the successful storage of 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in a deep saline formation in Illinois. The project comes as part of a major DOE sponsored carbon capture and storage research program involving partnerships between DOE, state agencies, universi....

  • Oil sector should see job growth in 2015 - 02/01/2015  Even with declining oil prices, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development expects inertia to keep oil industry employment growing this year. The department expects the oil and gas sector to add 200 jobs this year, which would represent 1.4 percent growth over 2014, according to an ana....

  • Nikaitchuq primed for royalty reduction - 02/01/2015  If oil prices remain at their current levels over the coming weeks, they will trigger a reduction in the royalty rate at the youngest producing oil field on the North Slope. Should the average monthly price of Alaska North Slope crude oil fall below $48 per barrel, the royalty rate at the Nikaitchuq....

  • Walker names new AOGCC commissioner - 02/01/2015  Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has named a new commissioner to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Michael Gallagher replaces David Mayberry in the public seat on the commission. In an email the governor's office said Gallagher has more than 38 years of experience in the oil and gas, civil and....

  • Oil Patch Bits: GCI Industrial Telecom celebrates 5 years in Texas - 02/01/2015  GCI Industrial Telecom, a division of GCI, said it is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its field office in Houston, Texas. GCI Industrial Telecom continues to support the communication needs of the energy sector throughout Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico/Texas regions with proven technical and eng....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Northern Air Cargo announces new hires and promotions - 02/01/2015  Anchorage based Northern Aviation Services said it recently appointed Dave Squier to chief operating officer of the company. Squier previously held the position of vice president of cargo services of Anchorage based subsidiary Northern Air Cargo. In his new capacity Squier will have oversight of car....

  • Oil Patch Bits: CGG GeoSoftware wins Houston Business Marketing Association Award - 02/01/2015  The North America and Latin America marketing team for CGG GeoSoftware has earned first place in the qualitative and quantitative market research category of the 2014 annual marketing research award bestowed by the Business Marketing Association of Houston. This is the first time CGG has entered the....

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