Soldotna Scout Troop 1616 flies offshore to tour Unocal's Steelhead Platform

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Earlier this month a few lucky Boy Scouts from Soldotna Troop 1616 were the guests of Unocal Alaska on a tour of the Steelhead Platform in Cook Inlet.

According to Larry Fisk, senior operator on the Steelhead Platform. The tour began with a helicopter ride from the Nikiski heliport offshore to the Steelhead Platform in Cook Inlet. The Scouts accompanied by Scout Master Dr. John Buchholz, were shown how oil and gas operations are conducted on an offshore facility as well as what is involved in working for the energy industry.

"It was a real pleasure for me to guide this tour. The boys really seemed impressed by the whole operation," said Fisk. The Scouts were impressed with all the safety devices that are in place and the tremendous effort that everyone makes to insure safe, environmentally clean operations, "I think the boys were a bit overwhelmed by how big the platform really was and how complex and high tech the operations were. The boys wore protective equipment and even practiced boarding an escape module," said Buchholz.


After being hosted to a pizza lunch, the scouts returned to the heliport where they were treated to an up close lesson about the controls on a Bell 212 helicopter by ERA pilot Ken Holmes, a former Eagle Scout and fighter pilot. "This was an excellent reward for Unocal to give the boys who put a great effort into their scouting. They were kind of quite and took the whole tour all in, but when they got back into the car, one of guys let out a, 'That was absolutely awesome'," added Dr. Buchholz.

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