A Survey of Selected Arctic Petroleum Drilling Locations in the Alaskan Coastal Arctic Region (abstract)

by W. P. Metz, ARCO Alaska Inc, Anchorage, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


There exists in the central coastal region of arctic Alaska, a number of drill site locations which were used to explore for oil and gas in the 1960's and 1970's. During the last three decades the methods used to construct, operate, and abandon remote sites have evolved with improved engineering and with greater environmental knowledge. Many of these early wells were 'dry holes' and the wells and well locations were abandoned in conformance with standard practices at that time. Lessons and experience from the past should provide insight to wise use of resources and wise resource decisions. The paper referred to in this abstract presents the results of a survey of a representative selection of these abandoned locations. The past practices and current status are contrasted with current practices and thinking on abandonment.

Subject Headings: Petroleum | Non-renewable energy | Drilling | Coastal environment | Wells (oil and gas) | Construction sites | Environmental issues | Ocean currents | Arctic | Alaska | United States

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