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  • Conoco steady in Alaska - 05/24/2015 (Full story) ConocoPhillips' capital budget took a big hit from the drop in oil prices, but Alaska stayed relatively flat, ConocoPhillips Alaska President Joe Marushack told the Alaska Support Industry Alliance May 14. Marushack, who was in Alaska as vice president of gas development from 2000 to 2007 for Phill....

  • Svenja arrives for Furie - 05/24/2015 (Full story) The MV Svenja heavy lift vessel arrived in Homer on the weekend of May 16-17, in preparation for the installation of Furie Operating Alaska's Kitchen Lights gas production platform, offshore in Cook Inlet, Bruce Webb, Furie senior vice president, told Petroleum News in a May 18 email. The vessel sho....

  • Seizing climate initiative - 05/24/2015 (Full story) Stonewalled by the federal government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada's 10 provinces are moving closer to taking responsibility for 75 percent of forecast reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years. Ontario is making a push for carbon pricing and a cap-and-trade system,....

  • BC, Pacific NorthWest LNG, sign initial project agreements - 05/24/2015  A proposal for a liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia took a step forward May 20 when provincial officials and Pacific NorthWest LNG signed a memorandum of understanding. In a statement the province said the MOU “sets out the steps leading toward ratification of a project development a....

  • Cheap oil challenges Badami plans; Miller says sale of field possible - 05/24/2015  A decline in oil prices has led Miller Energy Resources Ltd. to pause an enthusiastic drilling program for the Badami unit and even consider selling the North Slope field. The Tennessee-based independent acquired Savant Alaska LLC in 2014 for some $9 million. The acquisition gave Miller a 67.5 perc....

  • Olson enjoys view of Cook Inlet rejuvenation - 05/24/2015  When House Rep. Kurt Olson returned to his Soldotna home, the changes he had hoped for were taking place. The Republican who oversees the Labor and Commerce Committee talks about driving north to Anchorage and seeing heavy equipment heading to Cook Inlet. He says it's a product of tax breaks afforde....

  • Hilcorp permitting Liberty survey - 05/24/2015  Hilcorp Alaska LLC has applied for an incidental harassment authorization for shallow geohazard surveys scheduled this summer around the Liberty field in the Beaufort Sea. The authorization would allow the Texas-based independent to accidentally disturb a small percentage of various marine mammal s....

  • Coordination needed for Southcentral grid - 05/24/2015  It may take more than regulations to keep the Southcentral natural gas transmission system operating smoothly during cold snaps, according to one pipeline operator. “Good will and cooperative efforts by affected stakeholders may be necessary to ensure that available capacity is allocated appropriat....

  • Grid unification: is it worthwhile? - 05/24/2015  With single points of failure and insufficient capacity to make optimum use of all power generation capabilities along its length, the question of upgrading the Alaska Railbelt power transmission grid has long been debated. In the latest stage of this debate, the Alaska Legislature directed the Regu....

  • Thumbs down — for now - 05/24/2015  The Lax Kw'alaams First Nation in northwestern British Columbia has delivered its verdict on a cash offer of C$1.15 billion in return for support from the community of 3,700 for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project. Three rounds of voting, including one by 1,000 tribe members who live in Vancouver, all....

  • Legislation could spur Arctic seaport - 05/24/2015  Legislation introduced recently in Congress would support potential infrastructure development at remote Point Spencer, just south of the Bering Strait. Alaska political and economic development leaders for years have said a deepwater seaport is needed to support activity in the Arctic Ocean. The Be....


  • NOAA publishes beluga recovery plan - 05/24/2015  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service has published a draft version of its recovery plan for the Cook Inlet beluga whale. The agency wants comments on the plan by July 14. The Fisheries Service listed the Cook Inlet beluga population as endangered under the Endangered....

  • Repsol calls Alaska wells ‘positive' - 05/24/2015  Repsol is expressing tight-lipped optimism about its Alaska exploration program. “In Alaska, drilling goals were accomplished and production tests were positive,” the company reported in first quarter earnings information released May 10. The Spanish major planned a three-well program this winter, i....

  • AIDEA defers decision on Pentex purchase - 05/24/2015  On May 19 the board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority decided to postpone until May 27 its decision over the purchase of Pentex Natural Gas Co. AIDEA says that there are technical aspects of the negotiations over the purchase that must be completed before resolutions for the....

  • NPR-A closed to tundra travel - 05/24/2015  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said May 19 that it has closed winter overland tundra travel for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska effective 12:01 a.m. that day. “Snow and weather conditions in the NPR-A are no longer adequate for winter overland tundra travel,” the agency said in a statemen....

  • Greenpeace appeals to 9th Circuit - 05/24/2015  Greenpeace has appealed to the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit over an injunction imposed by federal District Court in Alaska, banning the environmental organization from interfering with vessels and drilling rigs involved in Shell's planned Chukchi Sea exploratory drilling. On May 8 District C....

  • Mackenzie Gas Project still breathing - 05/24/2015  In danger of becoming the answer to a trivia question, Canada's Mackenzie Gas Project is not yet ready to fade into history. Since gaining Canadian government approval four years ago, along with obtaining a National Energy Board Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, the Arctic gas venture has re....

  • Polar LNG giving up certificate - 05/24/2015  As an administrative period to a long sentence, Polar LNG LLC is asking state regulators for permission to relinquish its certificate to operate a proposed North Slope pipeline. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska issued Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity No. 744 to Polar LNG in 2012, w....

  • Oil Patch Bits: AECOM hires Richard Greer as a senior biologist - 05/24/2015  Dr. Rich Greer has joined AECOM's Anchorage, Alaska, office as a senior biologist. Greer has more than 25 years of worldwide experience examining environmental impacts of development on fish and wildlife populations and their habitat. His areas of expertise include wildlife biology, Arctic developm....

  • Oil Patch Bits: ASRC mourns the passing of ‘Etok' Edwardsen Jr. - 05/24/2015  The leadership of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. is deeply saddened at the passing of Charles “Etok” Edwardsen Jr. An activist who never accepted the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, Etok led the Arctic Slope region as the only region in Alaska to oppose ANCSA. Along with the l....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Crowley Accord acquires Maritime Management Services - 05/24/2015  Crowley Maritime Corp. announced the acquisition of Maritime Management Services Inc., a Seattle-based company with more than a decade's worth of experience in crew management for offshore oil and gas vessels primarily in the U.S. Gulf, Singapore and Gulf of Mexico. The addition of MMS to Crowley's....

  • North Slope oil production takes May dip - 05/24/2015  Alaska North Slope crude oil production dipped significantly during May as circumstances forced a cutback in throughput on the trans-Alaska pipeline. The reduction stemmed from tight storage capacity at the Valdez oil terminal, coupled with tanker scheduling challenges, said Michelle Egan, spokeswo....

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