Buccaneer receives loan, DNR permit
In news issued from Sydney, Australia on Dec. 27, Buccaneer Energy Limited announced it had been advised that the Department of Natural Resources has granted Buccaneer a Land Use Permit that will allow it to move to the unit off Anchor Point.
This permit allows the Endeavour jack-up rig to be moved onto the Cosmopolitan unit and jack it legs down onto the sea floor. The company, in its role as Operator of Cosmo, applied for the LUP in early October with the public comment period being completed on Nov. 30, the LUP application was amended as a result of that process and it has now been granted.
Buccaneer also announced it has obtained a loan of $20 million from three international investors.
Big snowstorm brings outages
Homer Electric Association crews were busy Christmas week responding to several power outages around the Kenai Peninsula. The outages were said to be the result of a heavy snow load that brought lines down and also caused trees to come into contact with the power lines.
Some 2,000 HEA members experienced a power outage at some point during the day. The outage areas included Sterling, Soldotna, Funny River, Kenai Keys, Kasilof, Nikiski, Anchor Point, Seldovia and Homer. The largest outage was in the Seldovia area, where power remains out along Jakolof Bay Road to Big Tutka Bay.
Troopers to conduct extra patrols
In an effort to ensure people are safely enjoying the holidays, Alaska State Troopers are beefing up patrols to look for impaired motorists. The intention of the focused enforcement is to prevent families from dealing with a major-injury or fatal collision on Alaska’s roads on what should be a joyous occasion.
Enforcement efforts so far have resulted in 14 misdemeanor DUI arrests and no felony DUI arrests; 14 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license; 100 additional drivers contacted who were reported as REDDI reports and ultimately determined not to be DUI; 85 damage-only crashes, 14 injury crashes and one fatal collision were investigated by troopers.
Of the 262 citations issued, 53 were issued for speeding and 11 were issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.
Natural gas meeting Jan. 9
Enstar Natural Gas is conducting a public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Homer High School. This is a chance to learn more about the steps ahead for property owners as they prepare to receive natural gas hookups. Gasline construction should begin this summer.
A deadline is approaching for property owners to weigh in on whether they want to be a part of the special district that will be assessed for funding the natural gasline distribution system. For those who object, forms are available at the Homer City Clerk’s office. They must be returned by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25.
Never too early to apply for PFD
Alaskans can now apply for their Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, as the filing period opened on Jan. 1 for all eligible residents. The filing period closes on March 31. Complete the application online at the State of Alaska website, or obtain paper forms at the post office.
This is also the time to think about the Pick.Click.Give Program, which offers the opportunity to donate to favorite nonprofits with a click of the mouse.
Nonprofits throughout the state report an increase in the number of Alaskans making contributions through Pick.Click.Give., with many organizations seeing contribution levels double in the past year.
Anchorage’s Bean’s Café made history in 2012 by becoming the first nonprofit to receive more than $100,000 in Pick.Click.Give. pledges.
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