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  • Beaufort drilling - 03/26/2017 (Full story) The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has confirmed that it is reviewing a plan filed by Eni U.S. Operating Co., proposing drilling for oil prospects in federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, immediately north of the Nikaitchuq oil field. The agency received an exploration plan for the drilling on Marc....

  • State reconsiders CRU - 03/26/2017 (Full story) The state has agreed to reconsider its decision to deny ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.'s request to expand the Colville River unit to include the former Tofkat unit. As part of the reconsideration decision, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andrew T. Mack also agreed to stay his earlie....

  • Alberta financial mess - 03/26/2017 (Full story) It was less than a decade ago that the government of Alberta was reveling in a gusher of oil and natural gas revenues, having already achieved the treasured goal of wiping out its debt and introducing legislation banning deficits. Under then-Premier Ralph Klein, the province — widely known as Saudi....

  • Accumulate brings rig to Icewine - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) Accumulate Energy Ltd. has mobilized a rig at its Icewine prospect. The local subsidiary of Australian independent 88 Energy Ltd. announced on March 21 that the Doyon Arctic Fox rig had arrived at the Icewine No. 2 well site at the Franklin Bluffs pad. The company expects to begin drilling the onsho....

  • Furie plans to drill to Jurassic - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) Furie Operating Alaska plans to drill a deep exploration well into the Jurassic, offshore in Cook Inlet this year, Bruce Webb, Furie senior vice president, told Petroleum News in a March 20 email. The Randolf Yost jack-up drilling rig would drill the oil and gas exploration well, the Kitchen Lights....

  • CEA, Furie sign supply agreement - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) Anchorage utility Chugach Electric Association has agreed on the terms of a gas supply agreement with Furie Operating Alaska LLC and has filed the agreement with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for approval. The gas would presumably come from Furie's Kitchen Lights gas field, offshore under the....

  • The Trump regulation roll back status - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) President Donald Trump has made no secret of his antipathy for government regulation, in particular of business and industrial activity. And on Jan. 30, not long after his inauguration, he set a regulatory tone for his administration by signing an executive order requiring two existing federal regul....

  • Differing views on BSEE performance - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) Two reports on the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that have been published in March present markedly different perspectives of the federal agency that oversees regulatory compliance in offshore oil and gas activities. The National Academy of Public Administration has publishe....

  • AOGCC finalizes fines against Hilcorp - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has finalized two fines it proposed against Hilcorp Alaska in November 2015, raising the initially proposed fine for each incident of $75,000 to $80,000. The fines are for changing the approved work procedure and performing well cleanouts using an unapp....


  • State terminates North Slope Qugruk unit - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) The state terminated the Qugruk unit earlier this year. In a late January ruling posted online earlier in March, state Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andrew T. Mack announced that the North Slope unit had automatically terminated on Jan. 27, 2017, five years after the unit was approved....

  • PHMSA proposes oil pipeline inspection - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has sent a letter to Hilcorp Alaska proposing an order requiring Hilcorp to inspect the subsea pipeline that delivers oil from the Cook Inlet Middle Ground Shoal field to shore at Nikiski. The agency thinks that the oil line is subje....

  • Industry thumbs down on HB 111 in Finance - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) The House Finance Committee heard from industry March 22 on House Bill 111, the proposal passed out of House Resources March 14 on a 5-4 party line vote. Finance began considering the bill March 17, with Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, co-chair of House Resources, telling the committee that the state....

  • Christmas at Prudhoe Bay, part 2 - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) After several days of unsuccessful attempts to free the stuck drill string and test tools, the decision was made to side-track the lower part of the original hole and drill around the stuck fish. This took a couple of weeks, and when drilling into new geology resumed in late January, Hank Repp, one....

  • Arctic sea ice maximum hits another record - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) For the third straight year the winter maximum extent of the Arctic sea ice cover has reached its lowest ever level, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced March 22. Following the winter freeze up, on March 7 the sea ice extent reached 5.57 million square miles before starting to decline as....

  • Approval of Petro Star royalty sale moves - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) Legislative approval of a contract for sale of a portion of the state's royalty crude oil to Petro Star Inc. passed the Alaska Senate 17-0 in February and has now cleared the House committees to which it was assigned. It had not yet been scheduled for a floor vote when Petroleum News went to press.....

  • Hilcorp applies for Kalotsa pad expansion - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) Hilcorp Alaska LLC has applied to Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas for permission to construct a 73,500-square-foot expansion to the Kalotsa gravel well pad in the Ninilchik gas field. The expansion would enable the number of wells that can be drilled from the pad to be increased from four to 12 — t....

  • Varied leases activity in February report - 03/26/2017 (Login to read Full story) •The Alaska Department of Natural Resources terminated six North Slope leases operated by Great Bear Petroleum Ventures II LLC in February for failure to pay rent. The leases were located in two clusters south of the Prudhoe Bay unit. ADL 392599, ADL 392601, ADL 392602 and ADL 392603 were in one cl....

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