ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A proposed Alaska oil development is experiencing opposition from a village situated close to a few industry projects.
Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Tuesday that planning commissioners in the North Slope village of Nuiqsut declined to support a rezoning proposed for the Nanushuk project.
Officials say the development by Oil Search Ltd. could produce 120,000 barrels of oil per day, or about a quarter of the current flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline.
The village of 450 residents is less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from one of the Nanushuk project drill sites, as well as the $1.3 billion ConocoPhillips Alpine project and Conoco’s proposed Willow gravel mine.
Nuiqsut officials say the planning commission’s vote is not binding but the borough assembly is expected to take up the issue next month.
Information from: KSKA-FM, http://www.kska.org