Since the day it arrived in Homer, the Endeavor jack-up rig has been the target of controversy and complaints.
Deland Anderson and other people who gathered in Homer Wednesday night to protest, have been waiting for the rig to leave, and he's frustrated by the lack of answers he's getting from Buccaneer Energy:
"It's kind of like a pile of lies in a way" said Anderson. "It ticks me off, I'm kind of that guy, and I get ticked off when you blow smoke at me."
The rig has been stuck in Kachemak Bay since August 24th. Buccaneer Energy says faulty fire fighting equipment and a defective rescue boat have prevented the rig from being allowed to operate.
"As soon as we know something, they'll know it" said Buccaneer Spokesman Richard Loomis. "We've been trying to be as up front as possible, with a very fluid situation."
But that answer is not enough to satisfy some of the protestors on hand.
"Apparently they've invested $53-million and are not quite sure what permits they have and what they still need," said Andrew Peter.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says an application by Buccaneer to drill this winter in the Cosmopolitan Field near Anchor Point was found to be insufficient for review, because it did not include a winter disaster response plan.
Buccaneer expects the change to go through a public hearing before going back to the DEC for review again.
"Our project would begin as a natural gas prospect, which is really what South Central needs in the Cook inlet, adds Loomis. "We will later go back and deepen the targets as we need to for oil."
But the protestors worry the company isn't doing enough to be prepared in case it's drilling plans go wrong.
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