Buccaneer Energy officials say a preliminary report generated by an independent biologist shows there is no risk of invasive species on the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig currently stationed near Homer in Kachemak Bay. "The preliminary report is in and it states that no living organisms were found," said Jay Morakis, of JMR Worldwide, a public relations firm hired by Buccaneer, on Saturday. Morakis said the full report will be available later this week and will be delivered to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for review.
It now looks like the Endeavour jack-up rig will move from its moorage in Homer to the rig's first exploration site in Cook Inlet in late March, an Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority official said Feb. 15.
The Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Team recently identified eight oil spill risk reduction options they feel could be immediately implemented to reduce the chances of accidental oil spills, or to reduce the impact of spills in area waters. The U.S.
The rig is under tow by three ocean tugs operated by Foss Maritime. It is expected to arrive in Cook Inlet on approximately Aug. 1, company spokesman Steve Sutherland said.
The proposed ordinance that would establish new rules for building subdivision roads will be back before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting tonight.
A proposed ballot measure that would cap the senior citizen/disabled veteran property tax exemption passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved its introduction, sending it on to public hearings in May.
A jack-up drilling rig and a Chinese heavy-lift vessel moving it to Cook Inlet have been moved to Vancouver, B.C. to await resolution of dispute over a waiver of the U.S. Jones Act so the rig, Spartan Drilling Co.'s Blake 151, can be unloaded in Alaska waters, the president of Escopeta Oil and Gas said Tuesday.
The news this week that a jack-up drilling rig on its way to Cook Inlet has been delayed is disheartening, to say the least.The rig in question, Spartan Drilling Co.'s Blake 151, was to be shipped from the Gulf of Mexico to Cook Inlet by Escopeta Oil and Gas, a Houston, Texas-based company with leases in the inlet.
Escopeta Oil and Gas Co. is negotiating a possible fine with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over a violation of the U.S. Jones Act that occurred when the company moved the Spartan Drilling Co. Blake 151 jack-up rig recently from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Cook Inlet.
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