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  • OCS sales uncertain - 08/21/2016 (Full story) Public hearings were underway the week of Aug. 15 on a lower Cook Inlet Outer Continental Shelf lease sale — OCS Sale 244 — but whether the sale will actually be held on schedule in June, 2017, seems uncertain. U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper said planning continues f....

  • Mack: broad background - 08/21/2016 (Full story) Andy Mack, Alaska's new natural resources commissioner, has Alaska roots that go pretty deep. “I grew up on a homestead in Soldotna. The Kenai River was my front yard,” Mack said in an interview. Mack's parents, John and Carol Mack, moved to Soldotna after a year and a half as Jesuit volunteers at t....

  • Aurora/Furie questions - 08/21/2016 (Full story) In a recent twist in a federal court case in Alaska over the bankruptcy of Cook Inlet gas producer, Aurora Gas, Aurora Well Services has questioned the court's approval of a payment of $87,000 by Aurora Gas to Furie Operating Alaska. Aurora Well Services, a separately owned and operated company, is....

  • Toward a transmission company; Railbelt grid decision this year? - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) The six Alaska Railbelt electric utilities have continued to make progress toward the potential formation of a transmission company, or transco, to operate the Railbelt power transmission grid, the utilities and the American Transmission Co. told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in an Aug. 10 fil....

  • SAExploration restructure related to Alaska oil tax credit payments - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) Seismic company SAExploration restructured in June and the company said bondholders participating in the financing would “provide new loan funding of up to $30 million to fund expected cash needs until SAE can monetize its tax credit-related account receivables.” Alaska tax credits were not the only....

  • EPA & DOT publish new truck standards - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation have published a final rule for fuel efficiency and emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and trailers. Called “the phase two standards” in reference to an earlier phase one standard for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles....

  • Hendrix: Tax credits require results - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) With lawmakers expressing concern over the loss of Deputy Natural Resources Commissioner Marty Rutherford and still learning who the new guy is running the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. — Keith Meyer — Gov. Bill Walker had another surprise. While speaking at the Anchorage Chamber luncheon, he ann....

  • Parnell joins Glacier board of directors - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) Glacier Oil & Gas Corp. appointed former Gov. Sean Parnell to its board of directors in August, according to the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. The Tennessee-based independent with considerable holdings in Alaska was created earlier this year through the bankruptcy p....

  • GVEA, CIRI working wind farm expansion - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) Golden Valley Electric Association and Cook Inlet Region Inc. said Aug. 17 that they have re-started negotiations for GVEA to purchase wind power from CIRI's planned Fire Island Wind, Phase 2, adding 11 windmills to the 11 already in place. Phase 1 of the Fire Island wind farm began operation in Au....


  • Legislators hear AGDC update Aug. 24-25 - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Legislature's House and Senate Resources committees have scheduled joint hearings on the new concept plan for a state-led pipeline from the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. The hearings will be from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25 in the auditorium at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office....

  • AEA rolling out rural powerhouse - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Energy Authority has been putting the final touches to a state-of-the-art diesel powerhouse destined for the village of Perryville on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The powerhouse, which has been constructed in Anchorage, will integrate seamlessly with a wind farm at the village....

  • State OKs two unit-related expansions - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) The state has officially expanded the Milne Point unit to include ADL 47438 and ADL 392703 and created the new lease ADL 393174 through a segregation of existing leases, according to the July lease report from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The state also approved a request from Eni Pet....

  • Spill volume at Drift River still unknown - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) The spill volume at Drift River is still unknown, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Spill Prevention and Response said in an Aug. 16 update. There were two spills at the Cook Inlet Pipeline Co.-operated facility on the west side of Cook Inlet (see stories in Aug. 7 a....

  • Enstar requests ADR for tariff increase - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) Enstar Natural Gas Co. has petitioned the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for alternative dispute resolution procedures for its new tariff, filed June 1 (see story in July 10 issue of Petroleum News). The commission has suspended the rate increase and ordered a hearing into the proposed rate change....

  • Oil Patch Bits: ASRC announces subsidiary management changes - 08/21/2016 (Full story) After five years as president and CEO of ASRC Energy Services Jeff Kinneeveauk has tendered his resignation. Jeff's last day with AES was Aug. 19. “On behalf of Arctic Slope Regional Corp.'s board of directors, I thank Jeff for his service to the corporation and wish him all the best in the future,”....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Reliance Steel acquires Alaska Steel - 08/21/2016 (Full story) Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. said Aug. 2 that it has acquired all of the capital stock of Alaska Steel Co., a full-line metal distributor headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Steel will operate as a fully owned subsidiary of Reliance's American Metals Corp., with current management in place.....

  • Oil Patch Bits: aeSolutions develops training and certificate program - 08/21/2016 (Login to read Full story) aeSolutions said it worked throughout 2015 with the International Society of Automation to develop their new ISA/IEC 62443-based cybersecurity training and certificate program www.isa.org/CYBERCertificate. The program is designed to help professionals involved in industrial IT and industrial control....

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