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Buccaneer completes seismic testing

Posted: April 25, 2012 - 8:35am

Buccaneer Energy announced Tuesday it had completed an area 3D seismic program that started in December 2011 and said officials were optimistic about what the data would indicate.

"Preliminary evaluation of the quality of the data is very positive and we are looking forward to the results of the 3D seismic processing now in progress," the company wrote in a press release.

The seismic work covered 23.4 square miles and includes the 9,308 acre lease position on Buccaneer's Kenai Loop project.

"The final coverage was slightly smaller than the planned 25 square mile program due to some wetland restricted areas, but well within our design to properly image our targeted productive horizons," the company wrote.

According to the release, the 3D seismic was designed to provide high-resolution structural and stratigraphic imaging 20,000 feet deep. Buccaneer reported 65 percent of its seismic costs will be covered by the state's ACES program as an exploration expense.

Data from the 3D seismic is currently being processed and is expected to be completed in the middle of May. The data will then be mapped and analyzed for "geophysical locations of prospective hydrocarbon anomalies," which will then be integrated into models and used to determine the next well locations in the Kenai Loop area, according to the release.

"Our contractor, Weems Geophysical, did an excellent job working with the community to acquire this data and we are looking forward to seeing how this data can improve our drilling program this year," Director Dean Gallegos wrote in the release.

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Allen 04/25/12 - 10:54 am
Printing Press Releases Is Not Reporting

Here's the Clarion printing a press release as a "staff report" again, when it's not reporting.

Many Kenai citizens would disagree with Dean Gallegos' statement that Weems Geophysical did "an excellent job working with the community to acquire this data." Those of us who witnessed those efforts saw them as chaotic, secretive and bullying. People were just sent a contract and told to sign it or else. Only after massive public pressure did the City of Kenai require Buccaneer to give public notice of when they would be working in your neighborhood.

Buccaneer crews drove all over the Kenai River flats, you can see their tire marks everywhere. Not good for the wetlands which support migrating birds and other animals.

Buccaneer is trying to fast track their gas drilling program before the City of Kenai wakes up and figures out that maybe it needs to put some protections for its lands and citizens in place.

Buccaneer also refuses to pay its vendors. Many of these companies spoke out at the April 4 Kenai City Council meeting but somehow that testimony did not end up in this newpaper. Go figure.

People in Kenai need to start lobbying their local governments for some protections from Buccaneer running amok, before we become a third world country or Appalachia.

Andy 04/25/12 - 05:30 pm
Buccaneer Energy Found In Violation Of Clean Water Act

Curiously, the "staff report" also did not mention that Buccaneer's "excellent job working with the community" included breaking the law.

The Clarion also didn't mention that Weems' gumbo dinner Q&A provided few answers to citizens' concerns about the effects of seismic testing or future drilling.

Let's hope the city properly enforces our local zoning and permitting laws to make sure Buccaneer isn't making a quick buck at our expense.

kenai_kid 04/25/12 - 05:53 pm

The violations had to do with setting charges in wetlands and use of backfill material after boring the detonation hole. The material was the same material removed. An after the fact permit was issued.
The other violation dealt with undiscovered archaeological sights. Again, the surveyor made a discovery of a previously undiscovered historical sight, ceased operations and filed the proper paperwork. There was no pollutants released and the violation were actually quite minor and relatively un-news worthy.
Permitting and compliance with a litany of regulations is quite complicated and difficult in Cook Inlet and Alaska in general.

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