Hilcorp permitting Seaview pad on Kenai Peninsula south of Anchor Pt
Hilcorp Alaska has applied to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to amend its Cook Inlet oil discharge, prevention and contingency plan to add a new pad, Seaview, on the Kenai Peninsula near Anchor Point. Hilcorp said the pad location is some 1.25 miles east of Cook Inlet and some 1.2 miles south of Anchor Pointís main business district. It is some 850 feet west of the Anchor River and 2,000 feet west of the Sterling Highway.
Hilcorp permitted and drilled seven shallow stratigraphic test wells in the area over the summer, both on state oil and gas lease acreage which the company holds and on fee lands.
Hilcorp said access to the proposed Seaview pad is from an all-season gravel road which connects to the Old Sterling Highway, some half mile to the west, which connects to Sterling Highway some 1.25 miles to the north.
The company said it plans to construct the Seaview pad in the second quarter of 2018. The pad will include drilling equipment and work trailers, Hilcorp said.
On the issue of blowout concerns, the company said if a well blowout occurred, a small amount of oil could possibly reach Cook Inlet via the Anchor River in the summer, but based on modeling, no oil would reach Cook Inlet in the winter.
Public comment on the application is being accepted through March 13.
- KRISTEN NELSON