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  • AG questions Harvest - 12/28/2014 (Full story) Attorney General Craig W. Richards is raising antitrust concerns over a proposed sale of the Point MacKenzie liquefied natural gas terminal to a Hilcorp Alaska LLC subsidiary. In comments filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Dec. 12, Richards said that he would be “unlikely to consent t....

  • Planning for drilling - 12/28/2014 (Full story) Apache Alaska Corp. has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a wetlands permit for the construction of three gravel drilling pads and associated access roads in the northwestern Kenai Peninsula. The potential drilling sites are in Native owned land within the Kenai National Wildlife Refug....

  • Alberta in a fiscal fix - 12/28/2014 (Full story) Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is applying a form of water torture by delivering the grim news in a steady trickle. In preparing Albertans for a round of harsh spending cuts and possibly the unthinkable — higher taxes — he has estimated his government faces a revenue shortfall of C$16.2 billion in the....

  • State issues 2 seismic permits; Kad River, Horseshoe both 3-D - 12/28/2014  The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas has approved two North Slope seismic programs. Global Geophysical Services Inc. will conduct the onshore Kadleroshilik River 3-D seismic survey in the area south of Deadhorse (see map, page 15). The joint venture Kuukpik SAE LLC will conduct the onshore Horseshoe 3....

  • Chevron cancels Beaufort plans - 12/28/2014  Chevron has shelved indefinitely plans to drill for oil in the Canadian portion of the Beaufort Sea until price-driven uncertainty in the industry is resolved. In a letter to Canada's National Energy Board, the company said that as a result it has pulled out of scheduled technical hearings on Arctic....

  • MacKinnon: ASAP an accelerator for LNG - 12/28/2014  The name may have changed, but the face will be a familiar one when the Legislature returns to Juneau in January and the Senate Finance Committee gets a new co-chair in charge of capital budgets. It's the newly married Sen. Anna MacKinnon, an Eagle River Republican. MacKinnon started serving in the....

  • Talisman ends grand plan - 12/28/2014  There was a time when, like the British Empire of old, the sun never set on Talisman Energy's global operations. Under the leadership of Jim Buckee, who collected a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Oxford and worked for Royal Dutch Shell and BP on his way to Canada, there were no evident constraints as he....

  • Judge accepts settlement; Noble sentenced - 12/28/2014  Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was sentenced Dec. 19 in federal court in Anchorage for eight felony environmental and maritime crimes. Chief Judge Ralph R. Beistline accepted the plea agreement entered into by the parties earlier in December, sentencing Noble consistent with that agreement (see story in....

  • Eastern North Slope conditionally open - 12/28/2014  The North Slope eastern coastal area is conditionally open for tundra travel, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining Land and Water's Northern Regional Office said Dec. 19. The western coastal area was opened for tundra travel Dec. 17. In the eastern coastal area the divisio....

  • CIE challenging CIPL rates again - 12/28/2014  The Cook Inlet Pipe Line is once again causing consternation for a small oil producer. Cook Inlet Energy LLC is asking state regulators to evaluate the merits of a proposed 19.3 percent increase in shipping rates along the 42-mile Cook Inlet oil pipeline. The pipeline runs along the coast of the wes....


  • Science Technology Panel members sought - 12/28/2014  The North Slope Science Initiative is seeking six new members for its Science Technology Panel, the organization said Dec. 18. The 15-member panel of scientists and technical experts advises NSSI and its Oversight Group, assisting with resource inventories, monitoring and research needs for Alaska'....

  • Jewell appoints new director of BOEM - 12/28/2014  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has named Abigail Ross Hopper as the new director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the government agency that manages offshore energy exploration, development and production on the federal outer continental shelf. Hopper, who is currently director of t....

  • State OKs Hilcorp's Blossom pad, wells - 12/28/2014  The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, has approved a request by Hilcorp Alaska to construct a new gravel pad and drill up to two exploration wells in the Ninilchik unit. If results of the exploration wells are successful, Hilcorp would pursue natural gas production fr....

  • Annual report: Arctic continues to warm - 12/28/2014  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led report card on the Arctic released Dec. 17 shows Arctic air temperatures continuing to rise at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures. NOAA's Arctic Report Card 2014, updating a report begun in 2006, shows “Arctic warming is settin....

  • Western Canada loses land appetite - 12/28/2014  It may be a good thing they are not making any more land in Western Canada because what they have is no longer selling to petroleum explorers at the fierce pace set a few years ago. The only encouragement this year occurred in British Columbia, where government auctions fetched C$383 million, the be....

  • Walker names commissioners, leg director - 12/28/2014  Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has named two commissioners and his legislative director. Larry Hartig will be retained as commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Heidi Drygas has been named commissioner of the Department of Labor and Darwin Peterson has been named legislative director. Harti....

  • The Cook Inlet marine accident risks - 12/28/2014  With cargo vessels, oil tankers and fuel barges regularly plying the waters of Alaska's Cook Inlet, there is the ever-present danger of a marine accident and a consequent spill of oil into the waters of the inlet. But what is the real likelihood of this happening? And what would be the consequences?....

  • RCA approves transfer of 1.4% to Hilcorp - 12/28/2014  The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved the transfer of a small ownership interest in Northstar Pipeline Co. from Murphy Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to Harvest Alaska LLC. Hilcorp has acquired BP Exploration (Alaska)'s interest in Northstar; Harvest Alaska is Hilcorp's pipeline subsidiary. ....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Calista Corp. welcomes Paskvan as general counsel - 12/28/2014  Calista Corp. is pleased to announce Bonnie J. Paskvan as its new general counsel. As Calista's lead counsel, Paskvan will work closely with its subsidiaries, executive leadership team and the board of directors. She is responsible for meeting and addressing Calista's wide breadth of legal and compl....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Crowley awarded vessel management contract - 12/28/2014  Crowley Maritime Corp.'s global ship management group has been has been awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of the T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet for the Military Sealift Command. This fleet of seven ships supports the Navy's Surveillance Towed Array Sensor Systems operations; the U.S. Air Fo....

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