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  • Whither BP's behemoth? - 08/17/2014 (Full story) It's been five years since BP shipped a gigantic, specially designed drilling rig to Alaska's North Slope to develop the offshore Liberty oil field. But the rig has yet to drill a well. It's just sitting there. Exactly what BP plans to do with the behemoth, constructed by Parker Drilling Co., remain....

  • A continuing plan - 08/17/2014 (Full story) Perhaps dispelling some doubts about its commitment to Cook Inlet exploration following some frustration with permit-related issues in its seismic surveying, Apache Alaska Corp. has applied to the National Marine Fisheries Service for a letter of authorization for a five-year program of offshore sur....

  • Canada's Arctic mapping - 08/17/2014 (Full story) Canada has two icebreakers in the High Arctic collecting scientific data that is designed to bolster its case for control of the seafloor on the Continental Shelf, including the North Pole. The Coast Guard vessels, Terry Fox and Louis S. St-Laurent, will spend six weeks on the mission “to ensure tha....

  • ISER's Berman: PPT was better; economist compares tax systems - 08/17/2014  It's too bad Alaskans have only two choices in voting on production taxes in the primary election Aug. 19 — rejecting Senate Bill 21, the More Alaska Production Tax, MAPA, in favor of ACES, Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share — because the tax system which preceded ACES, PPT, the Petroleum Profits Ta....

  • Miller Energy looks to settle securities lawsuit in Tennessee - 08/17/2014  Miller Energy Resources Inc. says it has reached a settlement in a securities fraud case in Tennessee, where the company is based. Resolving the class action would involve a payout of $2.95 million, with the money coming from the company's insurer, said a notice of settlement filed July 17 in U.S. D....

  • BC resource sector under the gun - 08/17/2014  Opponents of natural resource development have started turning words into action across Canada. In northwestern British Columbia, the Gitxsan First Nation blocked the movement of Canadian National Railway trains through their 13,000 square miles of “traditional” land. In southwestern Ontario, protes....

  • New legislature would take up oil tax - 08/17/2014  Sen. John Coghill believes it's time to lay the oil tax debate to rest. That, the North Pole Republican and Senate Majority Leader says, starts with voting no on the state's Ballot Measure 1, which seeks to repeal Senate Bill 21, Gov. Sean Parnell's rewrite of Sarah Palin's Alaska's Clear and Equita....

  • Hilcorp gas sales to Chugach extended - 08/17/2014  In an Aug. 6 filing Chugach Electric Association has requested Regulatory Commission of Alaska approval of a revised tariff that extends the electric utility's gas supply agreement with Hilcorp Alaska LLC for a year, from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019. The current supply agreement terminates on M....

  • Supplemental EIS for in-state gas line - 08/17/2014  The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. said Aug. 5 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will prepare a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the ASAP, Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project. ASAP is the in-state gas line to bring North Slope natural gas to Fairbanks and Southcentral. AGD....

  • Brent, WTI crude oil prices down in July - 08/17/2014  July crude oil and natural gas prices were both down from June, based on market perception in the case of oil and production in the case of gas. In its August Short-Term Energy Outlook the U.S. Energy Information Administration said the Brent crude oil spot price dropped in July to an average of $1....

  • Atlantic Canada full of life - 08/17/2014  Agap in the outlook for Canada's two LNG fronts shows signs of widening, with prospects for the Pacific Coast increasingly obscured in fog, while the Atlantic Coast sees hope on the horizon. The uncertainty in British Columbia is compounded by talk of rising construction costs, a squeeze on availabl....

  • Hilcorp planning Bartolowits program - 08/17/2014  Hilcorp Alaska LLC is planning a five-well program at the Ninilchik unit. The Houston-based independent plans to drill two development wells at the Bartolowits pad by the end of the year and as many as three additional wells through 2017. The Bartolowits pad is in the northern portion of the Ninilch....

  • China's role under cloud - 08/17/2014  PetroChina is putting the credibility of state-owned enterprises in Canada's petroleum industry to its sternest test. The largest oil producer in Beijing's stable of energy companies has been threatened with legal action if it fails to deliver on its commitment to complete a C$1.23 billion buyout of....

  • Cold climate could give Alaska LNG edge - 08/17/2014  Colder and colder At Nikiski, the gas would be chilled by passing it through a chain of several coolants, each colder than the one before. The final coolant is so good at its job that the natural gas liquefies as it passes through. And how are the coolants kept cool? The coolant refrigeration cycle....

  • BLM director responds to GMT questions - 08/17/2014  Quizzed by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, about ConocoPhillips' Greater Moose's Tooth development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, during a July 29 meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Neil Kornze, director of the Bureau of Land Management, said that his....

  • State considering various royalty deals - 08/17/2014  The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is considering a request from William D. Armstrong to transfer a 0.83333 percent royalty interest in some 140 North Slope and Beaufort Sea wells to GMT Exploration North Slope Royalty Co. LLC. The Armstrong Oil & Gas subsidiary 70 & 148 LLC and GMT Explorat....

  • Enstar drops controversial tariff changes - 08/17/2014  The ruckus over controversial tariff revisions proposed by Enstar Natural Gas Co. appears to be done. That's because Enstar has withdrawn the revisions, which were pending before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Enstar is the state's top gas utility. The company ignited a backlash after proposin....

  • Mexico opens gas, oil to foreign firms - 08/17/2014  President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law Aug. 11 new rules governing a historic opening of Mexico's state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies. Pena Nieto said the government will let potential investors know by Aug. 13 which blocks of gas and oil fields will....

  • Nikiski property acquired for LNG plant - 08/17/2014  When the Alaska LNG Project LLC filed in July with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy for a long-term authorization to export liquefied natural gas it told the regulator that it had secured more than 200 acres, nearly half the total it required, at the LNG facility site in Nikis....

  • BSEE selects tribal liaison for Alaska - 08/17/2014  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, or BSEE, the federal agency responsible for regulatory enforcement on the outer continental shelf, has appointed Jack Lorrigan, a tribal citizen of the Sitka tribe of Alaska, as the agency's tribal and community liaison for the Alaska region. Lorri....

  • Unocal's TAPS exit proves difficult - 08/17/2014  Unocal Pipeline Co. first informed state utility regulators on June 28, 2012, that it planned to sell its small stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline system. More than two years later, the sale is still pending. And it could be a long time yet before it's done, Unocal's latest update to the Regulatory....

  • Enstar proposes annual gas accounting - 08/17/2014  During an Aug. 13 public meeting of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, Enstar Natural Gas Co. executives told the commissioners that the utility proposes reverting to an annual process for determining the gas cost adjustment, or GCA, that it charges its customers. The utility has been adjusting th....

  • RCA OKs Anchor Point Energy transfer - 08/17/2014  The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved the transfer of Anchor Point Energy LLC to a new owner, Cook Inlet Energy LLC. APE's primary asset is the nine-mile pipeline system serving the North Fork natural gas field on the southern Kenai Peninsula. The APE transfer was part of Cook Inlet Energ....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Alaska Clean Seas breaks ground on Deadhorse facility - 08/17/2014  After a comprehensive design and bid process Alaska Clean Seas, ACS, commenced an $11 million construction project in Prudhoe Bay to replace its existing office facility. Employing the services of EXP U.S. Services as project manager, Anchorage construction contractor F&W was selected to erect the n....

  • Oil Patch Bits: URS hires Ivy Shultz - 08/17/2014  Ivy Schultz recently joined URS as a geographic information systems analyst with four years of experience in GIS including collecting, managing, processing, and presenting data for a variety of successful projects. In her role as a GIS Analyst, Schultz is responsible for data management, analysis, a....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Calista Corp. welcomes shareholder hires - 08/17/2014  Calista Corp. proudly welcomes shareholders George Owletuck and Kirsten Kinegak-Friday to its team of employees. Both have impressive resumes and bring several years of experience to the corporation. Owletuck is the government relations liaison and is responsible for coordinating, developing and co....

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