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  • A little slippage - 09/28/2014 (Full story) In a status report filed with the federal District Court in Alaska on Sept. 22 the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said that it now anticipates publishing a draft of its revised version of the supplementary environmental impact statement, or SEIS, for the 2008 Chukchi Sea oil and gas lease sale in....

  • Consolidations planned - 09/28/2014 (Full story) Hilcorp Alaska LLC is considering two consolidations among its Cook Inlet properties. The Houston-based independent wants to combine the Granite Point field and South Granite Point unit to reduce redundancies and is considering whether it should use the facilities at its Kasilof unit to support oper....

  • Spotlight on taxes, jobs - 09/28/2014 (Full story) Taxes and jobs are rated as needing urgent attention if LNG proponents in British Columbia decide within the next couple of years to go ahead with their plans. An industry alliance representing backers of the four largest projects and a government-appointed jobs training agency have hammered home th....

  • HEA general manager says utility left ARCTEC because of lobbying - 09/28/2014  In a Sept. 15 letter to state Rep. Doug Isaacson, Brad Janorschke, general manager of Homer Electric Association, said that his utility had quit the Alaska Railbelt Cooperative and Electric Co., or ARCTEC, in early 2013 because, rather than pursuing cost-saving projects that would jointly benefit AR....

  • Top officers at Miller earn big as company logs operating loss - 09/28/2014 (Full story) Miller Energy Resources Inc. is losing a lot of money. But its senior officers are nevertheless pocketing a lot. The company's newly appointed chief executive, Carl F. Giesler, will receive an annual salary of $800,000, according to a Sept. 18 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.....

  • Joule cites importance of local voice - 09/28/2014  Reggie Joule spent 15 years representing the Northwest Arctic Borough and the North Slope Borough as member of the state's House of Representatives. Today, he's Northwest Arctic Borough mayor and member of the state's Arctic Policy Commission, a group Joule identifies as crucial as the state prepar....

  • Cenovus keeps rolling along - 09/28/2014  Oil sands major Cenovus Energy has started production at an expansion of its trail-blazing Foster Creek thermal recovery operation in northeastern Alberta's Cold Lake region. The addition, labeled Phase E, is targeting 5,000 barrels per day by the end of 2014, building to 30,000 bpd over the next 12....

  • Aurora expects busy 2015 at Nicolai - 09/28/2014  After a pair of disappointing wells in 2013, and maintenance work in 2014, Aurora Gas LLC expects to renew efforts at Nicolai Creek next year, according to a company official. The Alaska-based independent drilled the Nicolai Creek No. 13 and No. 14 wells in August and July 2013, respectively. Based....

  • Alaska still has plenty of oil and gas - 09/28/2014  With plentiful oil and gas resources but difficult development economics and controversial environmental issues, Alaska presents something of a challenge for oil and gas explorers. But the state and its offshore seas still hold huge potential volumes of undiscovered and undeveloped resources. On Sep....

  • US Senate passes BLM permitting bill - 09/28/2014  The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to permanently authorize funding for a program designed to provide resources for the Bureau of Land Management, to reduce the agency's backlog of permit applications and improve oil and gas permitting efficiency for federal lands administered by the bureau. The prog....

  • Arctic sea ice reaches minimum for 2014 - 09/28/2014  The extent of the Arctic sea ice cover has reached what is likely to prove its minimum extent for 2014, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, or NSIDC, has reported. On Sept. 17 the sea ice extent fell to an area of 1.94 million square miles, the sixth lowest extent since satellite observations of....

  • Exxon, Rosneft wind down Kara Sea drilling - 09/28/2014  As part of the fallout from sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, ExxonMobil and Rosneft are winding down the drilling of the Universitetskaya-1 exploration well in the Kara Sea in the Russian Arctic. The two companies started drilling the well in early August, as part of a new, joint Ar....

  • KBPL applies to operate Kenai gas lines - 09/28/2014  Following an August settlement agreement to allow consolidated operation of four Cook Inlet natural gas pipelines (see story in Sept. 14 issue), the pipelines have applied to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska seeking authorization for consolidation of certificates. Kenai Beluga Pipeline LLC, KBPL....

  • AOGCC approves rules for new gas pool - 09/28/2014  The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has issued pool rules for the Beluga/Tyonek gas pool in the Ninilchik unit on the Kenai Peninsula. It has also removed well spacing restrictions, except at the unit boundary and boundaries of uncommitted tracts not in participating areas and is requiri....

  • ORPC, Igiugig say turbine successful - 09/28/2014  Ocean Renewable Power Co. says that the prototype in-river “RivGen” power generation device that it installed in the Kvichak River over the summer has proved successful. The installation was designed to test the in-river system as a potential power source for the village of Igiugig near the end of L....


  • Tests show no leakage from fracking - 09/28/2014  In the interest of establishing some objective data in response to a continuing debate over potential contamination of groundwater and other subsurface resources from the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, or NETL, has conducted a project to test fo....

  • AIDEA, MWH sign concession agreement - 09/28/2014  The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority signed a concession agreement with MWH Sept. 19, creating the legal framework under which AIDEA will own and MWH subsidiary Northern Lights Energy LLC will build, operate and maintain a liquefied natural gas plant on the North Slope. The AIDEA....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Alaska Rubber & Rigging Supply opens new location - 09/28/2014  Alaska Rubber & Rigging Supply is proud to announce the opening of its newest location in Kenai. Located at 43640 Kenai Spur Highway, the 6,000-square-foot warehouse is in the heart of Kenai's oilfield support community. Kevin Calhoun, a long-time Alaska Rubber employee, has been promoted to branch....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Vigor Alaska signs notice of intent to build ferries - 09/28/2014  Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced the selection of Vigor Alaska to build the state's two newest day ferries. The two ferries, owned and operated by Alaska Marine Highway System, will be built by Alaskans for Alaska to serve citizens along the Lynn Canal route between Juneau, Haines and Skagway. Co....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Paul Gallagher returns to Foss Maritime - 09/28/2014  Foss Maritime announced that Paul Gallagher will be rejoining the Foss team to work in the commercial services group on major transportation project opportunities. Gallagher brings more than 25 years of experience within the maritime industry, and during his career he has been involved in all aspec....

  • Oil near low for year despite turmoil - 09/28/2014  The oil market has lost its jitters. Some regions around the world are seeing the type of unrest that in the past sent oil prices soaring. Yet oil is down about $15 since mid-summer and near its low for the year. Even with escalating violence in Iraq, OPEC's second largest exporter, and multiple ro....

  • US drilling rig count unchanged at 1,931 - 09/28/2014  Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged the week ending Sept. 19, holding at 1,931. The Houston firm said in its weekly report that 1,601 rigs were drilling for oil and 329 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneou....

  • Mining News: Gigafactory adds need for Graphite Creek - 09/28/2014  Will Alaska be home to a “gigamine” that fills explosive future graphite demand expected to be driven by Tesla Motors' lithium-ion battery Gigafactory and the larger market for battery-powered vehicles and devices? Graphite One Resources hopes the answer is yes. In early September Tesla announced t....

  • Mining News: Incentives spur exploration projects - 09/28/2014  The Government of Northwest Territories has implemented a new Mining Incentive Program that was oversubscribed by midyear, with strong interest shown by companies and prospectors in the Northwest Territories and across Canada. “The Mining Incentive Program helps our government support those with th....

  • Mining News: Alaska faces exploration spending low - 09/28/2014  Although mineral exploration and development activities continue around the state, year-end total expenditures are beginning to gel, and we are getting an increasingly clear picture of just what sort of year it has been for the Alaska mining industry. For the producing metal mines, gross and net re....

  • Mining News: Now is time to exercise your franchise - 09/28/2014  All the rhetoric in the world will not be sufficient to mobilize the electorate to get off its collective derričre and fulfill its sacred duty to vote, unless the subject matter strikes a personal chord. I am mindful of the recent plebiscite in the United Kingdom where the question was up or down o....

  • Mining News: B.C. mine may diversify niobium market - 09/28/2014  Taseko Mines' Aley project in northern British Columbia is one step closer to diversifying the global supply of niobium, a strategic metal that currently is mined almost exclusively in Brazil. In mid-September, the company provided a broad blueprint for developing a mine at Aley that would produce r....

  • Mining News: Mineral exploration services get a boost - 09/28/2014  As mineral exploration activity around the globe continues to reel from the body blows delivered by a multi-year capital drought, a trio of innovators in Yukon Territory is giving new meaning to the adage, “One man's meat is another man's poison.” Groundtruth Exploration Ltd., led by Shawn Ryan's p....

  • Mining News: First Nations create mineral explorer - 09/28/2014  The Dene First Nations of Northwest Territories has created what is likely Canada's first 100 percent aboriginal-owned exploration and mining company. Named DemCo Limited Partnership, the startup will celebrate one year in business in October, and is already making its mark in the industry. DemCo'....

  • Mining News: Explorers' hunt for diamonds heats up - 09/28/2014  Diamonds exploration heated up in the Northwest Territories in 2014 as more and more companies mounted campaigns aimed at identifying the next big discovery in a region that has already produced three operating diamond mines and one well-advanced mine project. “It's been an exciting season for us be....

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