Apache brings drill rig north for 1st well

 Apache Corp. officials announced Monday an onshore drilling rig has arrived in Cook Inlet and will be transported to the company’s first Alaska drilling location.

The Patterson-UTI drilling rig was shipped north from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to the company’s acreage near Tyonek and is expected to begin exploration sometime during the fourth quarter of this year, according to a press release. About 100 people will be employed by Apache’s contractors and subcontractors during the drilling operation.

Apache will host a meeting with Tyonek residents at noon, Oct. 10 at the Native Village of Tyonek Tribal Center to discuss drilling operations.

“Apache is committed to safe and environmentally responsible operations and open communications with all of our stakeholders,” said John Hendrix, general manager of Apache’s Alaska operations, in a press release. “At the Oct. 10 meeting, we plan to explain to the village what we will be doing in the months ahead since residents will see an increase in activity in the area.” 

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