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  • A critical step - 08/02/2015 (Full story) A July 17 application by BP to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for amendments to area injection orders for the Prudhoe Bay field marks a critical step toward the possibility of building a major gas pipeline for the export of natural gas from the North Slope. The application requests a....

  • CPAI selling CI assets - 08/02/2015 (Full story) ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. is selling its Cook Inlet properties. The largest oil company in the state said it expects to open a data room in August to market its wholly owned North Cook Inlet unit and its stake of the Beluga River unit. “While historically significant to the company's investment in....

  • LNG clears tax hurdle - 08/02/2015 (Full story) The British Columbia government has locked in a tax regime for the liquefied natural gas industry, certain it has won on both the economic and political fronts. But the administration of Premier Christy Clark continues to face friendly fire from with its own Liberal party and the industry. Clark wra....

  • Shell drillships are in Chukchi - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Shell's drilling vessels, the Noble Discoverer and the Transocean Polar Pioneer, have reached the area of the Chukchi Sea where Shell plans to conduct exploratory drilling, company spokeswoman Megan Baldino told Petroleum News July 28. Shell has previously said that it plans to start its drilling c....

  • Kitchen Lights still on target - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Furie Operating Alaska's Kitchen Lights gas field development offshore in Cook Inlet continues to move forward. The laying of the gas pipeline from the field's offshore platform has been completed, with the pipe-laying barge stationed in Anchorage, preparing to depart for Seattle, Bruce Webb, Furie....

  • Chugach gas contract extended - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) After years of concern that Cook Inlet's natural gas supplies might dry up and imports could be required, further evidence has surfaced that Hilcorp Alaska's development program in the basin is paying off, with Chugach Electric Association applying to extend its natural gas sale and purchase agreeme....

  • New finds on west side of Cook Inlet - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Having indications of a petroleum system and being the site of some exploration drilling in the early 1900s, the Iniskin Peninsula on the west side of Alaska's Cook Inlet has long intrigued oil explorers. And, as part of a multi-year program of research into the geology of Cook Inlet, led by Alaska'....

  • AOGCC moves hearings to LIO - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has moved hearings scheduled for Aug. 27 and Sept. 1 from its Anchorage offices to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at 716 W. 4th Avenue. The Aug. 27 hearing is on a request from Prudhoe Bay unit operator BP Exploration (Alaska) that the co....

  • Navarre preps borough for stark change - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Mike Navarre has two years to help the Kenai Peninsula Borough find its place and role in the prospective AKLNG project. The Democratic mayor understands those limits, yet he says he doesn't want the borough to be caught off guard if the project gets under way when thousands of new workers descend....

  • Bankrupt oil company wants payments back - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) The city of Homer is filing a response to a request from an oil company seeking the return of thousands of dollars in previous payments made to businesses. Australian company Buccaneer Oil filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May of last year. The city, Homer Electric Association and several business....

  • NWT touts Arctic line - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Enbridge and TransCanada, Canada's two premier pipeline companies, have offered only a guarded response to word from the Northwest Territories Industry Minister Dave Ramsay that his government has been talking to unidentified companies about shipping crude oil through the Arctic. In recent interview....


  • EPA proposes voluntary methane program - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the launch of a new program aimed at encouraging the reduction of methane emissions from the operations of companies in the oil and gas industry. The agency says that the voluntary program, dubbed the “Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge,” would help m....

  • State approves Sword participating area - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) The state has approved the formation of a Sword participating area and certified the Sword No. 1 well at the West McArthur River unit, on the west side of Cook Inlet. The pair of July 23 decisions more fully incorporates the well into the unit. The Sword participating area includes 360 acres over po....

  • Beckham named deputy DO&G director - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Jim Beckham has been appointed deputy director of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas. Beckham, who took the position July 21, has a Bachelor of Science in marine science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and more than 30 years of professional leadership, management a....

  • State set to release data on four wells - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas said July 27 that it plans to release and make public within 30 days data and information submitted to the division on four wells for which the state provided exploration credits. The wells are Furie Operating Alaska's KLU1 and KLU2....

  • Teck adjusts plans for oil sands mine - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Teck Resources, the diversified Canadian miner, has shuffled and delayed its timetable for its proposed 260,000 barrels per day Horizon oil sands mine, reinforcing the jitters among major developers in northern Alberta's bitumen region. In an updated file, Vancouver-based Teck told the Canadian Env....

  • Walker joins national Natural Resources Committee - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has been appointed to the National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices board and to the NGA Natural Resources Committee. The Natural Resources Committee is responsible for collaborating and advising federal policy makers on issues related to agriculture, energy,....

  • Miller looking at sale of non-core assets - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Miller Energy Resources, which operates in Cook Inlet and on the North Slope through Cook Inlet Energy and Savant Alaska, is in the midst of “repositioning its capital structure to improve its liquidity, to more appropriately finance its business and to optimize the value and growth potential of its....

  • Oil Patch Bits: PND Engineers opens Houston office - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) PND Engineers Inc. said it has opened a Houston, Texas, branch effective July 15. The office is located on Sam Houston Tollway West, providing a convenient, strategic base for honing PND's focus on design opportunities in the energy industry and on marine facilities. Wade Lundberg, PE, formerly with....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Calista board selects first chairwoman in history - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Calista Corp.'s board of directors voted in the first chairwoman in corporate history. Margaret Pohjola, a shareholder with ties to Chuathbaluk, was voted in on July 23. Board officers, like the chair, serve one-year terms following a vote by fellow directors. Outgoing Chair Willie Kasayulie had ser....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Arctic Slope Regional Corp. announces acquisition - 08/02/2015 (Login to read Full story) Arctic Slope Regional Corp. is pleased to announce the acquisitions of Arctic Pipe Inspection Inc. of Houston and Arctic Pipe Inspection Inc., collectively API. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, API was founded more than 40 years ago by Royce Roberts to provide non-destructive testing of oil country....

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  • Kulluk appears intact and stable 01/03/2013
  • Kulluk is back under tow 12/31/2012
  • Shell vessel towing the Kulluk loses power south of Kodiak 12/28/2012
  • Court rejects appeal against Shell air permits 12/26/2012
  • Furie permitting Kitchen Lights development 12/05/2012
  • Conoco applies for Bear Tooth permit 12/03/2012

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