Drillers will be back on the mountain around the clock after a year-long hiatus at a mining project near Haines and Klukwan.
Hilcorp said the leak was first reported Thursday evening by a company helicopter pilot who spotted bubbles on the water’s surface.
Newly discovered toxic chemicals at the site make the state-run project more complicated, and some residents don’t think the environmental oversight goes far enough to keep them safe.
As early as Thursday, Hilcorp could start construction on a gravel exploration pad for the company’s Whiskey Gulch prospect.
With oil and gas leasing on pause, the federal government is gathering input as it reviews its energy program.
The Department of Environmental Conservation’s contaminated sites program found contaminated groundwater near an injection well at North Star Paving and Construction’s property.
Other parties defending the exemption include the city of Craig, statewide and Southeast chambers of commerce, electric utilities, shipping companies and resource development advocacy groups.
Cruises are still effectively banned in the U.S. — the federal Centers for Disease Control have yet to issue rules necessary for cruise lines to resume calling on U.S. ports
The interest in kelp farming is there. Lease applications nearly doubled last year, and a recent training attracted hundreds of participants.
Hilcorp purchased several blocks of federal leases in Cook Inlet in 2017, but before it can even think about exploring for oil and gas there, the company has to survey for potential geological hazards in the area.