October 03, 2002 --- Vol. 8, No. 102October 2002

ConocoPhillips files to drill Cronus west of Kuparuk

The Division of Governmental Coordination has resumed review of an exploration well project originally proposed by Phillips Alaska Inc. for the 2000-2001 drilling season. DGC said ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. is proposing to drill an exploration well this winter about six miles from the Atlas No. 1 west of Kuparuk. Ice roads would be used to access the site.

This is one of a group of exploration well prospects that Phillips has looked at recently on state and private lands west of Kuparuk.

The Division of Governmental Coordination said Phillips began permitting for this well for drilling during the 2000-2001 season, but due to a problem with a drilling rig would not have been able to drill then. DGC issued a consistency determination in March 2001. The agency said ConocoPhillips is proposing the same project activities but is proposing different air and oil discharge prevention and contingency plans.

DGC said it has resumed the review for this project with a full comment period.

Michael Bill named to petroleum engineer seat on AOGCC

Michael Bill, P.E., has been named to the petroleum engineer seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Gov. Tony Knowles said Oct. 3.

Knowles said that Bill, a petroleum engineer with 23 years experience in the Alaska oil industry, "is an excellent choice to serve on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

"It's great to have someone on the team with so much experience working in the oil industry," Knowles said.

Bill holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked as a process, production, operations/analytical, and senior operations/analytical engineer for ARCO in Texas in the 1970s before moving to Alaska in 1979. Since then, he has worked in Cook Inlet and on the North Slope in various senior engineering positions.

Bill has worked in well operations and surveillance, reservoir management and development, subsurface waste disposal, permitting and regulatory compliance and technical project management. He is the co-author of several technical papers and patents.

"The work of AOGCC is vital to the safe and economic operation of Alaska's oil and gas fields," Bill said. "I am honored to be chosen to serve on the Commission."

The three-member AOGCC is responsible for the regulation of oil and gas drilling, development, and production in Alaska. Bill fills a seat, designated for a petroleum engineer, that was previously held by Julie Heusser. He will serve out the four years remaining in her six-year term. He will earn approximately $118,300 annually.

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