Vol. 27, No.32 Week of August 07, 2022
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry

Oil patch insider: Gil Mull scholarship funds wanted;lease action on Alaska North Slope

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Kay Cashman

Petroleum News

The group doesn’t have an official name but is best described as friends, admirers and colleagues of veteran Alaska North Slope geologist Charles “Gil” Mull, who passed away Oct. 4, 2021.

The group of some 85 individuals is seeking meaningful ways to honor Gil. One of its first major accomplishments was the June placement of a remembrance plaque in front of the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center in Coldfoot, on the southern slopes of the Brooks Range.

The group includes USGS geologist Dave Houseknecht who is co-chairing a session dedicated to Gil at the October Geological Society of America conference in Denver, in which he and his colleagues have 12 talks and six posters. He is working with Justin Strauss (Dartmouth College) and Marwan Wartes (Alaska’s Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys).

Initially the group was meeting monthly but have cut back to quarterly, having formed several subcommittees to tackle various projects.

For example, the Charles Gilbert Mull Field Camp Scholarship for geology students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks that will allow students to attend a field geology course of their choice.

The goal is to build a minimum endowment of

$25,000. This project is spearheaded by UAF

Geosciences Professor Michael Whalen.

If you’d like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact Whalen at this email address: [email protected]

Some members are working on archiving Gil’s unpublished work and/or rock/map collection. This subcommittee includes Wartes, Ellie Harris, D. van der Kolk and Bob Spicer. Robert Blodgett has offered to help.

Jen Athey at DGGS is working with Wartes to access funds and launch the digital access part via DGGS. Kurt Johnson, curator of the Alaska Geologic Materials Center, has volunteered to work with DGGS.

And there are several more projects.

If you would like to join the group’s email list, contact Tom Homza at [email protected]

Action from DOG’s monthly lease report

Although it is unclear which Great Bear company is actually making the 164 royalty interest assignments in approximately 82 North Slope state leases, initially Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas said it’s Great Bear Petroleum Ventures.

But it doesn’t say which of the three companies with that name are doing it - Great Bear Petroleum Ventures I, LLC, Great Bear Petroleum Ventures II, LLC or Great Bear Petroleum Ventures III, LLC.

But, in the summaries of each transaction the “assignor” as of Aug. 3 is Great Bear Pantheon, LLC.

The amount of the assignments is between 0.2 and 0.7 percent. The two corporations that received the royalty interests are LAPADANCO, INC. and eSeis Inc., both in good standing with the Alaska Department of Commerce’s Division of Corporations.

The two LAPADANCO officials listed in Commerce’s records are Daniel W. Hughes, president, shareholder and treasurer, and Patricia J. Hughes, secretary, shareholder and vice president, each with a 50% stake in the Houston, Texas-based company.

Its NAICS code is 213112 - support activities for oil and gas operations.

LAPADANCO was created Jan. 8, 2021, with the state of Alaska. Its date of incorporation in Texas was June 13, 2007.

Also Houston-based, eSeis was registered in Alaska on Jan.7, 2021. Its NAICS code is also 213112.

Its date of incorporation in Texas was Nov. 4, 1999.

eSeis’s officials are listed as Jason Marshall, president, Roger Young, director, shareholder and Steven Cole, secretary, treasurer. Of the three Young is the only one with shares in the company.

The other notable lease-related transfers in June were done by ASRC Exploration LLC, which had 16 working and royalty interest assignments on eight leases transferred to Repsol E&P (49% working interest), and Oil Search (Alaska) LLC (51% working interest).

These actions are likely related to Oil Search’s formation of the Quokka unit (check Petroleum News’ online archive for more background information).

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