By The Associated Press
10:25 AM AKDT, September 26, 2012
A spokeswoman for Apache Corp. says the petroleum company has called a "pause" in three-dimensional seismic work conducted near Ninilchik.
Government relations manager Lisa Parker tells the Homer News (http://bit.ly/QUQwQu) that the stoppage is due to a lack of necessary permits.
Parker says Apache needs an Army Corps of Engineers permit for marine nodes on the floor of Cook Inlet. The 65-pound, six-inch receivers collect seismic data.
The company needs National Marine Fisheries authorization for incidental harassment of small numbers of marine mammals.
Parker says Apache also will prepare an environmental assessment to do work within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Apache holds leases of about 850,000 onshore, tidal and offshore acres.
The news is disappointing for Ninilchik, which had welcomed the financial boost to the local economy.