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  • 17 billion barrels - 07/27/2014 (Full story) The trans-Alaska pipeline system has now moved a staggering 17 billion barrels of North Slope crude oil. It might move billions more, provided operator Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. can overcome serious technical challenges. Alyeska is conducting vital tests at an Oklahoma university to help TAPS dea....

  • Usibelli exploring gas - 07/27/2014 (Full story) Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. is permitting a coalbed methane exploration program near Healy. The Interior coal company is looking to drill as many as four wells along an abandoned airstrip seven miles east of Healy to explore shallow natural gas prospects in the region. Usibelli holds a state exploratio....

  • Caught in a legal mesh - 07/27/2014 (Full story) While governments, resource-sector leaders and lawyers grapple with the meaning of historic court judgments on aboriginal land rights in Canada, First Nations are wasting no time launching a flurry of legal and regulatory actions that threaten to stall progress on a number of projects. In the wake o....

  • Alaska LNG project files with DOE to export LNG for 30 years - 07/27/2014  The Alaska LNG project said July 21 that it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas. The application is for up to 20 million metric tons of LNG per year for 30 years to countries with existing free trade agreements with the United States, as well....

  • BOEM expects to publish new draft SEIS for Chukchi this fall - 07/27/2014  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, has told the federal District Court in Alaska that it is continuing to rework a supplementary environmental impact statement, or SEIS, for the 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale and that it anticipates publishing a draft SEIS in early October. The District Co....

  • Fauske discusses AGDC's two projects - 07/27/2014  Dan Fauske and his team at the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. are plenty busy representing the state's interest in a prospective LNG export project during a pre-front end engineering and design phase these next 18 months. But the organization's president doesn't want the public to forget that AGD....

  • Cenovus boss goes political - 07/27/2014  One of Canada's top petroleum industry executives has taken the unusual step of going head-to-head with the two national political leaders who are both hoping to form the next federal government by ending the nine-year rule of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election next year. “We should be out....

  • Buccaneer creditors want time - 07/27/2014  A group of creditors wants a bankruptcy court to reject part of the plan Buccaneer Energy Ltd. proposed for selling its assets and dispersing the funds among its many creditors. The creditors believe a disclosure statement attached to the plan is premature and lacks all the information creditors nee....

  • State, Williams, Flint Hills agree - 07/27/2014  The State of Alaska, Flint Hills Resources Alaska and Williams Alaska Petroleum have agreed to share equally in costs of preliminary engineering and survey work in North Pole. The survey work would be to provide a water distribution utility service to homeowners and property affected by the sulfola....

  • Furie gets financing for Kitchen Lights - 07/27/2014  Furie Operating Alaska has received an investment commitment of $160 million from Energy Capital Partners Mezzanine Opportunities Fund for development at Kitchen Lights. “The investment will fund the build-out of infrastructure for the installation of an offshore natural gas production platform, ma....

  • Iqaluit panhandles for port money - 07/27/2014  Iqaluit, capital of Canada's Nunavut Territory and an entry point to the High Arctic, is left casting an envious eye on marine terminals in Quebec and Greenland and puzzled by its failure to gain recognition from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's long-proclaimed priority to advance the economic wellbe....

  • Kinder Morgan unfazed by delay - 07/27/2014  Kinder Morgan has agreed to a seven-month delay in a scheduled public review of its application to triple capacity on the Trans Mountain pipeline, saying the extra wait will not affect the commercial viability of the C$5.4 billion adding of 590,000 barrels per day of capacity to the system. Ian Ande....

  • Hilcorp applies for Ninilchik pool rules - 07/27/2014  In a July 22 hearing representatives of Hilcorp Alaska told the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that establishing pool rules for the Ninilchik gas field would allow the company to develop gas resources with less administrative work than is now required. The commission would still have to....

  • The allure of the Alaska Peninsula - 07/27/2014  With known oil and gas seeps and with geology broadly similar to that of the prolific Cook Inlet basin, the Alaska Peninsula has intrigued oil and gas explorers since the early days of Alaska hydrocarbon exploration. The peninsula lies along the southern side of the North Aleutian basin, a geologic....


  • Not so fast on that national monument! - 07/27/2014  U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced legislation to make it tougher for presidents to designate new national monuments. The bill, titled the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 2608), would “block the Obama administration from unilaterally using the Antiquities Act t....

  • Cold climate could give Alaska LNG edge - 07/27/2014  What is it that brings misery, numb toes and frozen pipes to Alaska residents but warms the hearts of people designing a liquefaction plant? The state's cold weather. Low temperatures would make the natural gas liquefaction process and related systems more energy-efficient for the Alaska LNG project....

  • New ExxonMobil oil tanker expected soon - 07/27/2014  ExxonMobil is making good progress toward placing two new double-hull tankers into service hauling Alaska North Slope crude oil. The first of the ships, the Liberty Bay, is expected to arrive in Prince William Sound in late September, an ExxonMobil spokesman told Petroleum News on July 23. The secon....

  • Schlumberger loses Alaska tax appeal - 07/27/2014  The Alaska Supreme Court has dealt oilfield services company Schlumberger a defeat in a tax dispute with the state. The 17-page opinion released on July 18 says the dispute dates to September 2003, when the Alaska Department of Revenue issued Schlumberger a notice of assessment for additional corpor....

  • BLM seeks fee to hire more inspectors - 07/27/2014  A proposed fee on oil and gas wells on federal land would allow the Bureau of Land Management to hire more than 60 inspectors, the agency said July 17. The fee would be paid by well operators and would range from $700 to $9,800 annually per lease, depending on how many wells were on the lease. It w....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Five Star names Clary May employee of the month - 07/27/2014  Five Star Oilfield Services said that it has named Billy Clary as its May employee of the month. “Clary is an amazing head cook for the company, he is always above and beyond to make sure that the client is taken care of with great service and a positive attitude,” said Five Star. Clary is a master....

  • Oil Patch Bits: URS hires Knutson and Vivian to its team - 07/27/2014  URS said that Dave Knutson and Shannon Vivian recently joined its team. Knutson joined URS as a staff engineer. He graduated from Portland State University in 2010 as a civil engineering major with a minor in economics. Knutson has 8 years of experience in construction and engineering combined. His....

  • Mining News: Stalled critical minerals bills get a push - 07/27/2014  A coalition of 38 companies and organizations, representing a broad spectrum of America's economy, is urging lawmakers on Capitol Hill to dust off pending critical minerals legislation and send a version to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. “Updating our geologic data, reducing....

  • Mining News: EPA seeks to limit Pebble to below average - 07/27/2014  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has offered the proposal of allowing the Pebble Limited Partnership to apply for permits to develop a less than average-size porphyry mine at the world's largest undeveloped copper-gold-molybdenum deposit. Falling short of an outright ban of building a mine....

  • Mining News: Worst of funding drought could be over - 07/27/2014  As is normally the case in high summer in Alaska, news has started to trickle out of the hills on projects where new work is being conducted, and several properties have changed hands or are in the process of changing hands as mining deals are negotiated and announced across the state. Alaska mines....

  • Mining News: We cannot hold our breath over Prop One - 07/27/2014  I have long mused over the difference in how people solve problems. Every time we are confronted with an election, the debate resurfaces. One would suppose that individuals trained in analytical thinking would be inclined to reach conclusions lineally, consistent with the Socratic syllogism in which....

  • Mining News: Global miners explore Alaska's Interior - 07/27/2014  Agroup of diverse global-scale mining companies hailing from Australia, Japan, and the United States are quietly exploring a relatively small region of Alaska's Interior. Two of these international players – Sumitomo Metal Mining and Newmont Mining Corp. – are seeking gold in the Pogo region of the....

  • Mining News: High court weighs in on aboriginal claim - 07/27/2014  The Supreme Court of Canada June 26 released its highly anticipated decision in “Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia.” Called “ground-breaking” by observers, the judgment by Canada's highest court granted a declaration of Aboriginal title over a tract of Crown lands to the Tsilhqot'in Nation of....

  • Mining News: Ucore advances Bokan, eyes Ray Mountains - 07/27/2014  Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has field programs underway at both the Bokan-Dotson Ridge rare earth elements project in Southeast Alaska and its Ray Mountain REE-tin project in the Interior region of the state. Work at Bokan Mountain is focused on collecting the last bits of information needed to complete....

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