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  • Promising results - 04/26/2015 (Full story) The National Energy Technology Laboratory has published some new results from methane hydrate testing carried out in 2011 and 2012 in the Ignik Sikumi test well on Alaska's North Slope. According to an article in the latest edition of NETL's Fire in Ice publication, the results shed light on the pot....

  • Gas still an issue - 04/26/2015 (Full story) Gov. Bill Walker did what he said he would do - vetoing House Bill 132, which would have limited use of funds allocated to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. for a study of enlarging the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project to a size competitive with Alaska LNG, the project in which the state is a....

  • LNG secrecy stirs legislators - 04/26/2015 (Full story) British Columbia's Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman is trumpeting the chances that Malaysia's Petronas will formally sanction its Pacific NorthWest LNG project just as his government is coming under fire for shielding more of its negotiations with LNG proponents from public scrutiny. O....

  • EIA sees stark alternatives for Alaska, with low-price shutdown - 04/26/2015  The federal crystal ball presents some stark outcomes for Alaska. In one forecast, Alaska oil and gas production breaks its decades-long decline. In another, each dries up entirely. Every year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration issues the Annual Energy Outlook, a long-term forecast of dome....

  • Halford confirmed but Paskvan, Gallagher don't win approval - 04/26/2015  All of Gov. Bill Walker's cabinet-level appointments were confirmed by the Alaska Legislature April 19. Other oil and gas related appointments met with mixed fates. Mike Gallagher did not win confirmation to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Joe Paskvan was not confirmed to the board....

  • Fleener touts Alaska to Arctic Council - 04/26/2015  The United States has assumed the post as chair for the Arctic Council and that could be great things for Alaska. In his state of the state delivery, Gov. Bill Walker identified Arctic policy as a priority, having previously naming Craig Fleener has his Arctic policy advisor. Fleener also received u....

  • ConocoPhillips juggles volumes - 04/26/2015  Despite layoffs and a slowdown in the latest phase of its Alberta oil sands expansion, ConocoPhillips is setting an ambitious goal of raising its Canadian production by 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day over the next two years. Although the company is counting on ramping up its unconventional....

  • SAExploration seeks IHA for Beaufort - 04/26/2015  SAExploration Inc. has applied for an incidental harassment authorization for a 3-D seismic survey scheduled for the upcoming open water season in the Beaufort Sea. The authorization would allow the seismic company to accidentally disturb a small percentage of various marine mammal species in the re....

  • Legislature passes refined fuel surcharge - 04/26/2015  The Alaska Legislature has passed a refined fuel surcharge, updating funding for the Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Spill Prevention and Response. SPAR has been funded from the Oil and Hazardous Substance Release Prevention and Response Fund, which comes from the 5 cents per....

  • Key takeaways from Arctic report - 04/26/2015  Reflecting on a recently published National Petroleum Council report supporting oil and gas development in the U.S. Arctic offshore, a panel consisting of four members of the team that had prepared the report told a meeting of Alaska business people on April 9 that the report has three takeaway mess....

  • Preparing for the next steps for Igiugig - 04/26/2015  Following a successful test of an in-river power generation system in the Alaska village of Igiugig last summer, the village tribal council has filed a draft application for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for an operational system. The village sits on the bank of the fast-flowing Kvi....

  • Permafrost GHG emission slow, prolonged - 04/26/2015  A team of scientists has evaluated research into the emission of greenhouse gases from thawing Arctic and sub-Arctic permafrost and has concluded that the emission will be slow and prolonged, rather than taking place suddenly, as a “carbon bomb,” as thought a couple of decades ago, according to a pa....

  • CIPL requests extra time to remove gravel - 04/26/2015  Cook Inlet Pipe Line Co. has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an extension of time to remove a 1.2-acre temporary fill pad installed last year in a project to replace a section of a buried 20-inch pipeline using horizontal directional drilling. The project is some three miles west of....

  • Gas pipeline right-of-way bill passes Legislature - 04/26/2015  Senate Bill 70, allowing for rights of way for a gas pipeline through portions of Denali State Park, Captain Cook State Recreation Area, Nancy Lake State Recreation Area and Willow Creek State Recreation Area, has passed the Alaska Legislature. The Senate voted 20-0 in favor April 14; the House vot....


  • Inuit try to stop seismic - 04/26/2015  An Inuit village in Canada's Nunavut Territory is asking a federal court to stall regulatory approval of seismic exploration by a Norwegian consortium in Davis Strait between Baffin Island and Greenland. Clyde River, a community of about 1,000, said it is concerned about the impact on marine mammals....

  • Linc remains ‘confident' in Umiat - 04/26/2015  Linc Energy Ltd. is “extremely confident” in the Umiat field. Despite the recent decline in oil prices, the Australian independent said it remains optimistic about its prospects for developing the remote oil field in the foothills of the Brooks Range Mountains, according to a company update released....

  • House Bill 105 stalled on Senate floor - 04/26/2015  The Senate Finance Committee moved a committee substitute for House Bill 105 April 18. That bill, which changes requirements for the Interior energy project, has been held in the Senate ever since, and was still awaiting action when Petroleum News went to press April 23. Senate Resources had stripp....

  • More time for Arctic drilling reg comments - 04/26/2015  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have extended by 30 days the public comment period for proposed new safety regulations for exploration drilling on the Arctic outer continental shelf. Comments on the proposed regulations are now due by May....

  • US drilling rig count drops by 34 to 954 - 04/26/2015  Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs drilling for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 the week ending April 17 to 954 amid depressed oil prices. Houston-based Baker Hughes said 734 rigs were drilling for oil and 217 for natural gas. Three were listed as mis....

  • State terminates West Eagle unit - 04/26/2015  The state has terminated the West Eagle unit. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources terminated the Cook Inlet unit on request of operator Buccaneer Alaska LLC, which recently went through bankruptcy proceedings. The company had previously surrendered its leases in the West Eagle area. Buccaneer....

  • Interior requests views on fee increases - 04/26/2015  The Department of the Interior is seeking public comments on potential increases in various fees that the Bureau of Land Management charges for oil and gas exploration, development and production on federal land. The target fees include lease sale minimum bids, rental rates and the royalties the fed....

  • Feds remove six Umiat legacy wells - 04/26/2015  The federal government has removed six legacy wellheads at the Umiat oil field. This winter, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, coordinating with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, plugged Umiat No. 1, No. 3 and No. 11 and removed the wellheads, and....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Motion Industries releases Zep hand cleaner video - 04/26/2015  Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts is pleased to announce the release of the newest installment in the MiHow2 video series featuring Zep Professional Hand Cleaner. The video can now be viewed on the MiHow2 YouTube channel. Fi....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Volant unveils new HydroFORM SlimLINE centralizers - 04/26/2015  The Volant Group of Cos. proudly announces the launch of its new HydroFORM SlimLINE series of rigid centralizers — a thinner wall durable design at an affordable price. Volant's proprietary hydroforming technology produces a high quality, high strength product. A proprietary, engineered process is....

  • Oil Patch Bits: AECOM welcomes Rockwell back to its Anchorage team - 04/26/2015  Kat Rockwell has re-joined the AECOM Anchorage office after transferring from the AECOM Portland office as a certified project administrator. Rockwell has four years of experience in project administration and controls within the consulting industry, including more than three years of experience in....

  • Responders say diesel spills after rollover - 04/26/2015  Alaska environmental regulators say about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled when a commercial vehicle rolled over on state land after veering off the Parks Highway. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the Big State Logistics tanker-trailer overturned at 2:30 a.m. April 21 abo....

  • Alaska State Senate approves new committee on federal issues - 04/26/2015  Alaska's Senate voted unanimously to create a special committee to address what the move's backers call federal overreach. The Senate passed a resolution from the Senate Rules Committee April 20 to create a Senate Special Committee on Federal Overreach. The resolution calls for the new committee t....

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