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Gas exploration in Whiskey Gulch gets green light

Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas

The state has approved Hilcorp’s plans to drill two gas exploration wells near Anchor Point.

As early as Thursday, the company could start construction on a gravel exploration pad for the company’s Whiskey Gulch prospect. Hilcorp plans to drill two exploration wells there — an oil-gas combination well and gas-only well. An ENSTAR Natural Gas line runs by the site. 

Hilcorp proposes drilling the first well in May, testing it in June and suspending and securing it in July. It would drill the second well in July and secure it in September. 

Hilcorp also wants to improve the access road to the pad, which begins at the intersection of Cape Ninilchik Avenue and Opportunity Lane.

Plans for Whiskey Gulch are still in the exploration stage. But Hilcorp is slated to begin production soon on another well on the southern Kenai Peninsula — Seaview 8, south of Anchor Point. Hilcorp plans to start production there later this year afterconstruction delaysin 2020.

Sabine Poux is a producer and reporter for the Brave Little State podcast of Vermont Public. She was formerly news director and evening news host at KDLL in Kenai.

Originally from New York, Sabine has lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont and Kenai.
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