ConocoPhillips Alaska says a shallow gas reservoir that a waste disposal well had come into contact with was the source of a natural gas release first detected last month at one of its North Slope drill sites.
The natural gas leak that was detected at a North Slope oilfield operated by ConocoPhillips Alaska on Friday is still ongoing, and the cause is still being investigated. The company evacuated employees from the area on Monday.
Fairbanks is a town founded on gold mining, but a recent project to search for gold in the area is causing alarm among some residents. Felix Gold and Milrock Resources are in a strategic partnership to explore for gold in the Fairbanks area.
With temperatures in the upper 80′s, Fairbanks is seeing record hot weather. According to the National Weather Service, Monday had a high of 88 that broke an over 100 year old record from 1919. Tuesday once again broke the record with an official high of 90, three degrees higher than the previous record.
A split federal appeals court panel has sent back for further legal review a 2019 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw proposed restrictions on large-scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.
Both Republican and Democratic senators are pressing Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.
The shaker left many people in Anchorage wondering if it was a result of the 2018 quake, but Alaska Earthquake Center Director Michael West said it was too far from the 2018 epicenter and is considered its own earthquake.
The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility north of Fairbanks is nearly twice as big as it was last year. Construction crews spent the cold winter months digging out additional passageways in the tunnel to expand their research capabilities. The project was part of a 10 year tunnel expansion.
The U.S. Army Alaska has been working with Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District to monitor the Jarvis Creek near Delta Junction. Each year the creek experiences aufeis which causes it to spill its banks and create a new watershed.
Each spring migratory birds from around the world congregate on Fairbanks and land at Creamers Field. However, after a winter of snowfall, the observatory is completely buried leaving no where for the birds to land. Fortunately for birds and bird watchers alike, crews from the Fairbanks International Airport Field Maintenance plow the land each spring.
After a unseasonably mild winter, the cold weather in Fairbanks has decided to stick around for a while longer. According to Karen Endres, a hydrologist with the national weather service, the record snow and cold temperatures for April means that ice thickness in many places is above average.