Blank Rome last week disclosed to Congress that it is lobbying for a Texas oil and natural gas company that is drilling off the south coast of Alaska.
The firm is advocating for Furie Operating Alaska LLC on matters concerning "the oil and gas industry and coastwise trade," according to a lobbying registration report. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources last week announced that it extended for four years an oil and natural gas agreement with Furie, allowing the company to continue drilling in an 83,394-acre segment of the Cook Inlet. Furie has said that two geologic formations in that section have about 3.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, The Anchorage Daily News reported last year.
Blank Rome partners Jonathan Waldron and Duncan Smith, as well as firm principal C.J. Zane, are handling the account. Neither the lobbyists nor a representative for Furie could immediately be reached for comment.
The lobbyists have advocated for Furie before, according to congressional records. Blank Rome received $60,000 for lobbying work that they and at least one of their colleagues did in 2006 on behalf of Furie, formerly known as Escopeta Oil Co. LLC.
Blank Rome is the first firm to notify Congress that it is advocating for Furie after Twenty-First Century Group stopped lobbying for the company last year. Twenty-First Century Group, which lobbied for Furie for less than a year, received less than $15,000 for its government advocacy efforts on behalf of the company.
Furie is a subsidiary of Houston-based Cornucopia Oil and Gas Co. LLC, which was previously known as Escopeta Oil of Alaska LLC.