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Evolution of Alaska's oil taxes

...the holeThe effects of the high tax rates were quickly to be felt. Doyon Drilling, one of the state's major drilling contractors, saw two of its rigs laid off. Drilling activity dropped from 10 rigs working in 2006 to 8 in 2007 and to 6 in...
Two firms in Southeast pay sizable environmental fines

...respond to calls for comment Monday afternoon. The Greens Creek Mine, 18 miles southwest of Juneau, and its drilling contractor, Connors Drilling, of Montrose, Colo., also agreed in April to pay a $12,900 fine for two leaks the company...
State calls on Nabors to mediate labor dispute

ANCHORAGE - State Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan is urging Alaska's dominant oil well drilling contractor to agree to mediation in a long-running contract standoff with its unionized workers. Flanagan, in a letter to Nabors Alaska...
Tax breaks revive interest in Cook Inlet drilling

...Sydney, Australia-based Buccaneer Energy. No contracts have been signed. One of the world's biggest offshore drilling contractors, Houston-based Pride International Inc., is talking to Escopeta. "We're certainly interested in the area...
In Gulf disaster, echoes, lessons of Exxon Valdez spill

...because the current spill might have 10 times more victims than there were in Alaska, and in part because BP, the drilling contractor and other companies involved in the blowout are pointing fingers at each other. Denny Kelso was Alaska's commissioner...
Report says BP helped state in cheating probe

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage newspaper is reporting that Alaska officials allowed British Petroleum PLC and a drilling contractor to help investigate complaints lodged in 2005 that the contractor cheated on tests of blowout preventers with BP's...
Ruling delays southeast Alaska mine exploration makes sense - or whether those resources are available," Hartman said. "The helicopter contractors, the drilling contractors, they've got to line up their business as well. They can't just sit around and wait."Greens Creek started...
Outside editorial: Lessons from the BP Fiasco

...major owner of the well; Halliburton, which was pumping cement into the well when it blew; and Transocean, the drilling contractor, all took shortcuts to save time and money when less risky options were possible, the commission says. Those...
State begins own review of oil industry practices

...heavy drill rig on a gravel production island in the producing Endicott field, which BP operates. BP and its drilling contractor, Parker Drilling Co., are completing construction of a heavy custom-built new drill rig now at the Endicott...
Company puts its Tulsequah mine on hold needs to come up with the funding and, due to a frenzy of mineral exploration occurring across the globe, drilling contractors are in short supply, Chandler said. "We are obviously going to work to get the additional exploration done as...


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