Hilcorp applies to drill 2 exploration wells near Ninilchik

Hilcorp Alaska has applied to drill two additional oil and natural gas exploration wells southeast of Ninilchik in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on the application until Oct. 10.

Hilcorp officials say, if approved, the company will begin clearing vegetation in late September, construct a gravel pad and begin drilling two wells to be completed by May 2016. The company presented its initial idea to the public in Ninilchik in October 2014.

In the permit application, the company says 88 percent of its workforce is made up of Alaska residents, but there was no indication how many jobs the exploration wells would create.