NEWS BULLETIN

July 22, 2004 --- Vol. 10, No. 65July 2004

Hydrology information holds up Alpine final EIS

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources said July 21 that because of holdups in the final environmental impact statement for Alpine satellite development due to agency requests for more information on hydrology, ConocoPhillips Alaska has asked the state to suspend Alaska Coastal Management Program project review.

The state said ConocoPhillips requested a Sept. 1 restart for project review, to allow time for the final EIS to be sent to the printers when the additional hydrology information is complete.

The federal Bureau of Land Management, the lead agency for the EIS, said the request for the additional information came from all the cooperating agencies, state and federal.

Note: For more information see item in July 25 issue of Petroleum News.

Nenana seismic permit still pending

Approval of an exploration permit to conduct a $3 million seismic program looking for gas resources in the Nenana Basin in Interior Alaska is still pending with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

PGS Onshore applied in May for permission to conduct a two-dimensional seismic program this winter for its client Andex Resources in the Nenana basin, a relatively unexplored play for gas west of Nenana.

The planned seismic program, expected to take about 60 days to complete 200 line miles of data-gathering, will be the company’s first on-the-ground work in the basin.

The department said the holdup involves a conflict with a remote recreational cabin staking program being offered by the Alaska Division of Lands this summer and fall along the Teklanika River, in the far southern portion of Andex’s lease area.

Note: For more information see story in July 25 issue of Petroleum News.


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