Meeting planned to inform residents

Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2003

Kenai Peninsula residents will hear from state officials and have a chance to voice their opinions about shallow gas development around Anchor Point and Homer at a public information meeting Monday.

The meeting will be held at the Homer High School commons from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is sponsoring the meeting to discuss recently issued state shallow natural gas leases on the lower peninsula. A panel of representatives from state agencies will provide information about shallow gas development, including shallow coal bed methane, and answer questions and listen to concerns from the pubic.

Expected to attend are representatives of the Alaska Department of Natural Re-sources' Division of Oil and Gas, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conserva-tion and the Alaska Depart-ment of Revenue's Oil and Gas Tax Section.

The borough said topics to be discussed include the leasing process, drilling and production methods, surface and subsurface ownership and rights, tax issues, water quality and other topics related to the possible development of shallow natural gas and coal bed methane in the lower Kenai Peninsula.

Residents of the lower peninsula have raised concerns about the prospect of gas development in an area stretching from Anchor Point to the head of Kachemak Bay.

Currently, Enstar Natural Gas Co. and Northstar Ener-gy Group Inc. are paired in a development plan that awaits a second proved-up well to be drilled by Northstar.

An independent company, Lapp Resources Inc., has eight subsurface leases on 20,637 acres of land, both state and privately owned, and a deal with Unocal to develop six of them.

Local property owners have raised concerns about the impact shallow natural gas development, and particularly one type of development called coal bed methane, will have on the environment especially on groundwater the economy and their private property rights.

For more information, call Bill Popp, oil and gas liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough at (907) 262-6355 or at bpopp@

Written comments may be mailed to: Community and Economic Development Division, Attn: Bill Popp, Oil and Gas Liaison, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, No. 16, Soldotna, AK 99669.

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