Brian Smith

  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced its $73.2 million fiscal year 2014 budget on May 7. The budget is contained in Ordinance 2013-19 and, if approved after a June 4 public hearing, would take effect July 1. The budget calls for $73.2 million in expenditures, an overall increase of $301,6...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:17am
  • After launching one of the largest and fastest 3D seismic data gathering campaigns in Cook Inlet’s history, Apache Oil Corp.’s work in the area has paused — victim to slow permitting processes in key areas. The company made headlines when the work it planned to complete halted in mid-September...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:13am
  • Buccaneer Energy has spudded its first well with the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig nine months after it arrived in Alaska waters from Singapore. Buccaneer, which recently received the thumbs-up to drill from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, started drilling at the Cosmo...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:00am
  • Buccaneer Energy will have access to drill for oil with the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig within a well-established Cook Inlet unit known for its gas reserves after inking a deal with ConocoPhillips....

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 4:51pm
  • Bob Day, Homer Electric Association power production manager, gets visibly excited when he talks about the technology behind the utility’s new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion project. Day said he could go on talking for hours about the technology HEA uses to capture exhaust heat from its gas-pow...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 4:36pm
  • The Kenai Borough Employees Association announced last week it had reached a tentative agreement with the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration on terms of a three-year collective bargaining agreement. Terry Bookey, Central Emergency Services captain and union negotiating team chair, said the two s...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 1:18pm
  • For 24 years, Greg Brush has been cementing the foundation of his life — faith, family and fish. When he was a 27-year-old, he abandoned his union job, moving away from Northern California’s salmon and steelhead fishing in search of the famous, giant king salmon. He built his life around that de...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:32am
  • Describing the action as a dual benefit for both the borough and the city of Homer, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gave the thumbs-up Tuesday to a multi-million dollar loan to help build a Homer natural gas grid. “It makes good sense,” Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said. “I ...

    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 3:07pm
  • The Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Team recently identified eight oil spill risk reduction options it feels 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. Coast Guard, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advis...

    Mon, 03/18/2013 - 2:43pm
  • John Hendrix, Apache Alaska general manager, told a crowd of energy industry representatives Friday he was frustrated by federal permitting processes that have stalled his company's seismic exploration and called for their support."This is a proven basin, but if we don't have permits to run there is...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:54pm

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