Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

Unocal gas drilling on hold

UNOCAL ALASKA finished drilling a exploratory gas well in Anchor Point after only about two weeks at the Griner Gravel Pit site. The H.R. Drilling Co. rig is now sitting just off the drilling pad while the company decides whether to move the rig to drill at another nearby site, Unocal spokeswoman Roxanne Sinz said Tuesday.

After being erected March 14, the 148-foot-tall rig flying a large American flag from its top was easily visible to passing motorists on the Sterling Highway just south of the Anchor River. Evaluation of tests at various spots in the well will begin next week, Sinz said. If the findings warrant, the rig may be moved to drill at another pad being prepared about a half-mile south on Kenai Peninsula Borough land.

The extent of exploratory drilling at the Anchor Point sites is dependent of the evaluation of tests at another Unocal test well drilled in Ninilchik in January. Results of that Pearl No. 1 well "are still proprietary" and Unocal is not releasing its findings yet, Sinz said.

CURVES FOR WOMEN, a fitness and weight-loss center at Mile 3, East End Road, delivered about a half-dozen boxes of food to the Homer Food Pantry on Tuesday, according to Curves owner Carol Coleman. The 404 pounds of canned goods, beans, rice and other nonperishable items were collected during a recent drive co-sponsored by the international company's Food for Friends program. Once the national effort is tallied, Coleman said the parent company, Curves International, may match the local donation with an undetermined amount of cash.

The local center gained seven new members as the campaign waived the $75 initial member fee for food donors, but Coleman said many current members also "cleaned out their cupboards even though they received no benefits" for their donation.

The Homer Food Pantry, in the basement of the Homer United Methodist Church, distributes food to needy families throughout the year.

SPENARD BUILDERS SUPPLY recently donated 3.5 acres off North Fork Road to Community Rivers Planning Coalition for development into a multi-use trailhead. The coalition plans to use the land as a trailhead that will connect to state land, said coalition watershed coordinator Lindsay Winkler. The trail will be used for skiing, snowmachining, and other recreational opportunities. The coalition worked with Bruce Turkington, manager of the Homer store. Winkler said the surplus land, valued at $14,300, had been obtained by SBS in the settlement of a bill.

KENAI PENINSULA UNITED WAY will be hosting a free orientation for Homer area residents interested in serving on the United Way Allocations Committee. The meeting will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Building.