Oil and Gas

Cook Inletkeeper

Environmental groups are protesting the state's move to renew a federal permit that allows oil and gas producers to release a variety of pollutants into Cook Inlet.

This is the first time the state has issued the permit. Environmental groups say the state should move the oil and gas industry away from the practice, and those groups are also pushing back against the state raising the volume of oily wastewater producers are allowed to discharge.
 

Hilcorp Alaska

Hilcorp said it’s holding off on plans to conduct seismic exploration for oil and gas in lower Cook Inlet because of potential conflicts with halibut and salmon fishermen. The company also lacks a crucial permit to conduct the work and it’s unclear when it may get the green light to move forward.

In Hilcorp’s permit application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the company said it wants to update 40-year-old seismic data in a 370-square mile lease site offshore from Homer and Anchor Point.

Image Courtesy of BlueCrest Energy

Bluecrest Energy is working to modify its oil spill response plan for its Cosmopolitan Unit just north of Anchor Point. The oil and gas producer currently has two active wells within the unit. Together, they produce nearly 1,100 barrels of oil per day.

Bluecrest’s application to modify its spill response plan comes after it found that the pressure in one of those wells was higher than expected – creating the potential for an “aerial plume” or blowout that could send oil flying into nearby waterways.

Courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne

Earlier this fall, Hilcorp began exploring for natural gas and oil in an Anchor Point neighborhood where many own their mineral rights. That’s making it difficult for some residents and landowners near the drill site to get information about the project and any future plans Hilcorp may have.

About a month ago, Lorri Davis woke up to a strange noise.

“I was laying in bed the other night. I thought what in the world is that? They had just put it up, and when I opened the back door, I thought, oh yea, there it is,” Davis recalled. “You can hear it constantly."

Courtesy of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Representatives from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation were in Homer Tuesday to hold a community meeting on the state’s gasline project. Vice President of Communications Rosetta Alcantra gave a presentation on the pipeline and fielded questions from a few Homer residents.

The 807-mile pipeline would run from the North Slope to Nikiski, about 100 miles north of Homer. Residents wanted to know how the project might benefit the Southern Kenai Peninsula.