By BRIAN SMITH Peninsula Clarion and MICHAEL ARMSTRONG Homer News

Jack-up rig now at lease site

With little fanfare but much anticipation, a small group of residents watched early last Friday morning as the Endeavour-Spirit Independence jack-up rig left the Homer Deep Water Dock en route to its drilling assignments.

Among those watching was Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins, who has come to know the rig well since it first came to his port.

“The view has changed,” said Hawkins of the massive rig and its three, 410-foot legs that had been part of the Kachemak Bay scenery since it arrived in Homer on Aug. 24, 2012.

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