STATE OF ALASKA
ALASKA OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

3001 Porcupine Drive
Anchorage Alaska 99501-3192

Re:THE APPLICATION OF ARCO Alaska,                   ) Conservation Order No. 438
Inc. for an order granting an exception to the       )
spacing requirements of 20 AAC 25.055(a)(3)          )
to provide for the drilling of the Alpine WD-2       )  Alpine WD-2
deviated non-hazardous waste disposal                )  Colville River Unit
well in the Colville River Unit.                     )
                                                     )  January 7, 1999
IT APPEARING THAT:

1. ARCO Alaska, Inc. (AAI) by letter dated December 2, 1998, requested an exception to the well spacing provisions of 20 AAC 25.055(a)(3). The exception would allow drilling the Alpine WD-2 non-hazardous waste disposal well to a bottomhole location that is closer than 500 feet to a quarter section line.

2. The Commission published notice of opportunity for public hearing in the Anchorage Daily News on December 5, 1998 pursuant to 20 AAC 25.540.

3. No protests to the application were received.

FINDINGS:

1. The Alpine WD-2 non-hazardous waste disposal well will be drilled as a deviated hole from a surface location of 444' from the south line (FSL), 2052' from the east line (FEL) of Section 32, T12N, R5E, Umiat Meridian (UM) to a bottomhole location 44' FSL, 77' FEL, Section 32, T12N, R5E, UM.

2. Offset owners Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Union Texas Alaska, LLC; Hunt Petroleum Corporation; William Herbert Hunt Trust Estate and Rosewood Resources, Inc.; and offset landowners, State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, have been duly notified.

3. An exception to the well spacing provisions of 20 AAC 25.055(a)(3) is necessary to allow the drilling of this well.

CONCLUSION:

Granting a spacing exception to allow drilling of the Alpine WD-2 non-hazardous waste disposal well will not result in waste nor jeopardize correlative rights.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED:

AAI's application for exception to the well spacing provisions of 20 AAC 25.055 (a)(3) for the purpose of drilling the Alpine WD-2 non-hazardous waste disposal well is approved.

DONE at Anchorage, Alaska and dated January 7, 1999.

Robert N. Christenson, P. E., Chairman
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Camillé Oechsli, Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

David W. Johnston, Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

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