The leaking gas pipeline in Cook Inlet is drawing concern from environmental groups and state and federal agencies. Cook Inletkeeper told Hilcorp CEO Jeffrey Hildebrand it intends to sue the company in 60 days, claiming Hilcorp is violating of the Federal Clean Water Act.
Alaska relies on topographic maps that are over 50 years old. These maps, some of which were hand-drawn, are rife with inaccuracies. Rivers flow upstream, mountains are out of place and some features are missing altogether. This year, Alaska hopes to take a big leap forward by completing new maps for over half of the state.
The agency that oversees oil and gas drilling in the state says it doesn’t collect nearly enough money to clean up wells in case companies walk away. Regulators say the recent influx of small, private companies means Alaska risks shouldering the cost of abandoned wells. State lawmakers are receptive to addressing the issue.