Buccaneer announces plans to drill near McNeil Canyon

• Gas well extraction to get underway in August

By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
Buccaneer Energy, the company which brought the jack-up rig Endeavor to the Cook Inlet, announced plans to drill on a site near McNeil Canyon School, Voznesenka and Razdolna at the well dubbed West Eagle.
The exploration project will begin by moving the Glacier Drilling Rig, currently in Kenai, to Homer, an endeavor that will take 40 truckloads over seven days, the company said.
The project will get underway in August, said Mark Landt, vice president of land and leasing for Buccaneer Alaska. The company plans to set up an office in Homer, and is currently beginning work on the construction pad as well as finalizing its permits for the project.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Carey Restino - Buccaneer's Mark Landt, Vice President of Land and Leasing, and Christina Anderson, the local point of contact for Buccaneer, present their plans regarding the West Eagle drilling program east of McNeil Canyon on Monday night. A meeting will be held at McNeil Canyon Elementary School library Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Carey Restino -
Buccaneer’s Mark Landt, Vice President of Land and Leasing, and Christina Anderson, the local point of contact for Buccaneer, present their plans regarding the West Eagle drilling program east of McNeil Canyon on Monday night. A meeting will be held at McNeil Canyon Elementary School library Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

Landt said crews will begin 12-hour shift rotations to the site next month, traveling to and from the site in vans to minimize vehicle traffic on East End Road. The well will be drilled up to 8,000 feet, he said, though the gas zone is apparently in the 5-6,000-foot range.
Landt said it is possible the company may encounter oil at those depths, but its intent is to look for gas.
“We still plan to produce a gas well rather than an oil well,” he said.
Waste from the exploratory well will be transported back to Kenai, where the company has several options, including bringing it to the Kenai landfill facility. The company said it also plans to transport water to West Eagle, some 1,000 to 50,000 gallons a day, to support its efforts. If need be, Landt said, Buccaneer will go as far as Anchor Point to acquire the necessary water.
Transporting the drill rig will require some coordination with the Department of Transportation, Landt said, as at least one corner on East End Road needs work to allow the rig to safely travel to the site.
The project is expected to take 30 to 45 days. If successful, they will go back in and test the well to see if it has enough flow, which could take up to 60 days. If successful, a gas pipeline either to Armstrong’s North Fork field or Hilcorp’s RED well are proposed, with production on the timeline for next year.
Landt said most of the permits needed for the project have been acquired, from the state Department of Natural Resources permits to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permits. The permit to drill is still being reviewed by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, he said.
Homer City Councilman David Lewis asked if any local workers were being hired for the project. Landt replied that while crews from other drilling projects on the Kenai Peninsula were being employed on site, the only local Homer-area hires would be administrative workers to man the local office.
Buccaneer also reported on its Cosmopolitan Site drilling, which is offshore near Anchor Point, using the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence drill rig, which caused a stir in Homer after it overstayed its welcome in the Homer harbor by some eight months. The rig arrived late last summer, but repairs and work on the rig stalled through the  winter. It finally left Homer in April for the Cosmo site.
The company recently announced it found a section of potential oil and gas-producing reservoir rocks. Testing is expected to continue with results forthcoming regarding the characteristics of the oil.
Landt said the Endeavor has allowed exploration of the Cosmo site at a level not previously possible with onshore drilling operations.
“Without the Endeavor, projects like Cosmo would not be possible,” he said.

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7 Responses for “Buccaneer announces plans to drill near McNeil Canyon”

  1. maggie mcgoo says:

    So, they’re going to drill wells near the schools? Drilling puts all kinds of chemicals in the air, including low level ozone, which destroys lung tissue, especially in children. Did anyone mention this to the parents? Ofcourse not. This is about making money, not about our kids’ safety. Just exactly how close will these two wells be to the schools? Children seem to be a low priority these days. In Anchor Point, there are two cell phone towers near the school, one right next to it, and the other about two blocks away, and there’s the Baily St. pipeline compressor junction, too, two blocks away. Doesn’t anybody ever look this stuff up, to see how dangerous this sort of thing is to children? Guess not. The cosmic hamlet by the sea is becoming another victim of the corporate destroyers. What gets me, is that most people don’t say a word. They just keep watching the tv, playing with their cell phones, buying more crap they don’t need, etc. Even when everyone gets charged 3 grand, or lose your home, to lay pipe in front of it, they still don’t speak up. These corps have more money than god, and they force us to pay them, to lay pipe, that will line their pockets. Everyone said how it would bring lots of jobs, but nope, not gonna happen. If we don’t speak up now, when will we? This is a sad time in our local history.

    • KBayK says:

      Thank you for speaking up. I can’t even find the words to express how disgusted I am with this development. Welcome to Sean Parnell’s World.

    • Bill Wielly says:

      Says the lady that drives her kid to school and used the cell phone tower to comment on here. yall want the fuel and the technology, but you do not want to see where it comes from. I work offshore. i thank God everyday for my job. And I personally know Alaskans that work offshore up there. so either start farming, stop driving, and stay off YOUR cellphone. or accept that they are bringing money to your area. Yall get a check from them every year right. And from what i hear its gonna be big this year. if you wanna turn that check down cause your so rightous then ill be glad to take it. Have a nice day

  2. Sallie Dodd Butters po1223 Homer Ak /Homer says:

    I’m sick to my stomach….Thank you for your simple summation Maggie….Go to He!! Sean Parnell….

  3. Patricia Cue says:

    Transporting the drill rig and all of this equipment through the nightmare road construction between Homer and Anchor Point is going to be a problem. That very costly and time consuming road work is going to be destroyed by all of this heavy equipment not to mention the true cost of drilling in this difficult to reach terrain. Our Cosmic Hamlet By The Sea is being destroyed.

  4. Karen Maloney says:

    Officials al most everywhere bend over backwards to accomodate oil and gas and at the same time veto bills that have to do with providing services needed by the residents whom reside in their borough or county. Officials approving transporting drilling rigs and a lot more on the highway into Homer and then on East End Road don’t drive on these roads daily. The roads will be consumed by vans and trucks speeding back and forth and the safety and well being of local drivers will be at a high risk.

  5. Texas to Alaska says:

    They are going to tear up the roads, then convert them to gravel just like Texas.

    “Citing a funding shortfall and the impact of a historic oil drilling boom, Texas Department of Transportation officials on Thursday announced plans to move forward with converting some roads in West and South Texas to gravel.

    Approximately 83 miles of asphalt roads will be torn up and converted to “unpaved” roads, TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton said. The speed limits on those roads will probably be reduced to 30 mph.”

    “these ARE the roads to the oil fields.
    The originals are destroyed by rig moves weighing 80,000 pounds and up, while the road was rated at 40,000.

    There’s a $200 fine for doing so, completely laughable, and completely insufficient for actually repairing anything. Won’t even cover the cost of the gravel, I bet.”

    next up: pass corporate infrastructure repairs on to the people with increased property tax and sales tax…

    Senate Bill 1747 would establish a Transportation Infrastructure Fund and permit counties in high-impact oil and gas producing regions to create County Transportation Reinvestment Zones. These zones would allow counties to use increased revenues from county property and sales taxes to repair and maintain roads that have been damaged by oil production activity.

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