Tegan Hanlon, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage


State gives Italian oil giant six more months to make $2.7M rent payment on Alaska leases

It’s the third such extension granted by DNR in the past three months. The department cited the coronavirus pandemic’s dire impacts as the reason to give companies more time to pay.

Hilcorp quietly takes over BP’s stakes in Prudhoe Bay and other Alaska oil fields

Hilcorp Alaska announced in a written statement Wednesday morning that it has taken over BP’s interests in the Prudhoe Bay, Milne Point and Point Thompson fields.

Trump administration wants to open millions of more acres to oil development on Alaska’s North Slope

The administration is proposing to open 82% of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil and gas leasing, a move staunchly opposed by environmental groups.

DNR to complete its review of BP sale this week

DNR Commissioner Corri Feige says that will allow the companies to close a piece of their deal by June 30th.

Alaska superior court judge orders state to correct its summary of the oil-tax initiative

Superior Court Judge William Morse sided with proponents of the ballot initiative, saying Meyer did not provide an impartial summary.

State regulators fine Hilcorp $30,000 for meter-related violations on Kenai Peninsula

The regulators cited the company’s history of violations as a factor behind the penalty.

BP Alaska is donating the code for a new online program to track workers’ health

The oil and gas company says it wanted to create a new way to keep tabs on employees’ temperatures and any symptoms that could be consistent with the coronavirus, so it partnered with Resource Data to create a digital hub.

Alyeska ends its cut to North Slope oil production as demand improves

Storage concerns had driven the company to cut oil flow down the trans-Alaska pipeline by as much as 15% earlier this month.

In the time of social distancing, Alaska holds its first online oil and gas lease sale

It’s a new way of doing business for the state department that has long relied on in-person auctions and sealed bids.

Trans-Alaska pipeline operator increases oil flow, demand creeps back

Demand for oil is starting to creep back as the economy reopens, and oil producers globally have made major cutbacks to production.

Hilcorp, BP want many of their answers to state regulators’ questions kept confidential

The companies are petitioning the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to keep a list of documents and other information confidential, including details about whether the recent turmoil in the industry has impacted Hilcorp’s ability to pay for the $5.6 billion deal.

ConocoPhillips to cut its Alaska oil production in half due to ‘unacceptably low’ prices

Conoco will cut oil production in Alaska by about 100,000 barrels per day for the month of June. That's about a fifth of the crude that typically flows down the trans-Alaska pipeline.

‘The first glance at what’s coming’: Oilfield service companies alert state of more than 250 layoffs

Across the country, companies that provide oilfield services and equipment are cutting jobs and bracing for bankruptcy as the pandemic launches the oil and gas industry into a tailspin.

BP says sale to Hilcorp is still on, but under revised terms

The oil and gas giant says it expects the deal to close in June.

Oil prices fell to a historic low Monday. Here’s what that means for Alaska.

While crude prices have continued to plummet in recent weeks, and oil companies have announced spending cuts, Monday’s price meltdown was particularly staggering.

ConocoPhillips cuts spending in Alaska by another $200M as oil prices sink

ConocoPhillips said Thursday that it will cut capital spending in Alaska by another $200 million as demand plummets and oil prices tumble to an 18-year low. That’s on top of a $200 million reduction the oil giant announced last month.

Valdez challenges RCA’s decision to keep Hilcorp finances confidential

The City of Valdez is taking a fight to have Hilcorp reveal its finances to state Superior Court in Anchorage.

Industry trade groups sue backers of Alaska oil tax initiative, argue signatures invalid

The industry groups claim that some signature gatherers were paid more than $1 per signature, in violation of state law. But supporters of the initiative ardently deny the allegations, calling them baseless.

BP’s sale of its Alaska business is in jeopardy, The Wall Street Journal reports

Banks have balked at financing the $5.6 billion deal, the newspaper reported on Thursday.

ConocoPhillips shuts down North Slope drilling over coronavirus concerns

The impacts of the coronavirus continue to reverberate across Alaska, including its oil fields.