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Posted: April 4, 2012 - 10:17am
Making good vibrations a Northern Pioneer helicopter helps drill shot holes for recent seismic testing for Buccaneer Energy Alaska.
Making good vibrations a Northern Pioneer helicopter helps drill shot holes for recent seismic testing for Buccaneer Energy Alaska.

According to John Land of Weems Geophysical it's just about time for the "fat lady" to sing on this winter's seismic mapping that his company was contracted to do for Buccaneer Energy Alaska, "The eco-field activity finished on schedule and all we have going on now are our crews picking up the geo-phones and trashing the lines, that means being absolutely sure we have left nothing behind, we not only check, we double check to be sure everything gets picked up," said Land. Working through one of the heaviest snowfalls in the Peninsula's history was challenging but Land says his crews adapted well and worked well with all the agencies that permitted and were responsible for overseeing their operations, "We were very pleased to know that we earned an A+ from all the agencies and we feel we have built trust among the community. It was refreshing to work together with everyone with interests as a team effort, we appreciated the comments from the public and I think the most common comment we heard from those who observed the testing was 'Wow!' if I knew that was all there was to it I would have signed on long ago. We went to great lengths to inform the public and build their trust and I feel we've come a long way in making it easier for those who follow," he said.

Last week as a helicopter from Northern Pioneer teamed up with workers on the ground in the Kenai River flats alongside the Bridge Access Road Land said U.S. Wildlife reported some 4,000 gulls showing up on the Kenai spit, "We had some pretty gusty winds the first day that gave the pilot some fits, but they were as concerned for safety of the pilots and workers as well as the gulls, it went well and by the second day the winds steadied out and the pilot got the hang of it and we got it done. Overall we had no encounters with wildlife or bears, we saw some moose, but they were just hungry from all the snow," he added. Land and his wife, president of Weems Geophysical have been so impressed with the community and winter in Alaska that they have decided to sell their home in Texas and are looking to buy one here and move to the Peninsula permanently.

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