An overflow crowd of Homer residents turned a meeting with Buccaneer Energy contentious on Tuesday night, unhappy that the company's jack-up rig Endeavor still sits near the Homer Spit, where it dominates the skyline.
That leaves the city of Homer contemplating what to do next. The Endeavor arrived at the Homer harbor Aug. 24 -- supposedly for eight days. A series of delays followed as upgrades and repairs were made to the rig. A mid-September windstorm forced Buccaneer to put the rig's legs down. Some residents argue that the rig's mere presence violates the Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Area plan.
On Oct. 22 at a city council meeting, Homer City Manager Walt Wrede noted that the U.S. Coast Guard has not authorized Buccaneer to move the Endeavor. Get ready, he warned residents, for the Endeavor to be parked in Homer all winter.
Read more about the Endeavor's arrival here, which includes some history of oil and gas development in Kachemak Bay and a side show of images.