ADN OP-ED by Kathryn Thomas. The Environmental Protection Agency's Dennis McLerran is claiming overwhelming public support for the agency's Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, a controversial report on the potential effects of mining in the region. What he fails to mention is the source of most of this purported support: pre-written mass emails generated by national environmental groups. The EPA describes the messages as identical in both form and content.
ADN. TransCanada has received interest from potential shippers and "major players from a broad range of industry sectors and geographic locations," including North America and Asia, Shawn Howard said in a statement. The statement didn't indicate if preference was shown for a project that would serve North America markets, or for one that would allow for liquefied natural gas exports.
North Slope Borough Stakes Out Its Oil and Gas Position
|ALERT FOR ALASKA AND ALL STATES WITH WATER; A NEW EPA INITIATIVE COULD STRIKE ANOTHER BLOW TO NATURAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, AGRICULTURE AND ALL LIFESTYLES DEPENDENT ON REASONABLE, TRADITIONAL WATER USES. -dh *** AG PROFESSIONAL. One little word can mean so much. In relation to the Clean Water Act, that word is “navigable,” and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers are trying to get rid of it. If they succeed, EPA will have the authority to regulate nearly every drop of water, and some dry land, too. With this additional authority for EPA comes a likely deluge of regulations and permitting requirements for farmers, ranchers and other landowners. This is why the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the “Stop the Flood of Regulation” campaign. ... “Right now, EPA’s regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act is basically restricted to larger bodies of water and waterways that feed into those larger bodies,” explained Don Parrish, AFBF water quality specialist. “If the guidance document goes into effect, EPA officials would have the power to regulate even a roadside ditch that fills with water only after a good soaking.”|
|ADN/AP. Federal officials Thursday gave Royal Dutch Shell approval for limited site work in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast.|
"I want to echo or touch on what my good friend, Rex Rock believes:
When development projects are taking place on or near Native lands, those on the green side of the aisle tend to work to divide a community against a project or create the illusion of a win-lose situation.
This simply does not have to be the case. There are many examples of win-win scenarios in our region when it comes to resource development projects."
-Mayor Charlotte Brower
We have now completed the 8th Annual Alaska Oil and Gas Congress and hope to provide some insights soon. -dh
9:15 a.m. Responsible Resource Development in Canada: A
Streamlined, Single-Window Business Model
Chrystia Chudczak, Assistant Commissioner, COO & CFO,Northern Pipeline
9:50 a.m. PANEL: Arctic Leaders Views on Future Arctic
Exploration and Development
Charlotte E. Brower, Mayor, North Slope Borough
David Ramsay, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Minister of
Transportation, Government of Northwest Territories
Rex Rock Sr., President and CEO, Arctic Slope Regional Corp.
Dan Sullivan, Mayor, Anchorage
10:50 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
11:10 a.m. Spotlight on Cook Inlet's New Players and Exploration
John Hendrix, General Manager, Apache Alaska Corp.
11:50 a.m. Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:05 p.m. Shale Oil on the North Slope: Prospects, Plans and
Results to Date
Ed Duncan, CEO & President, Great Bear Petroleum
Stephen Hosmer, CFO and Co-CEO, Royale Energy Inc.
Mohamand Abdel-Rahman, Vice President,Exploration & Production, Royale
2:05 p.m. Exploring Solutions to Address Critical In-State
Demand for Natural Gas
Daniel R. Fauske, CEO & Executive Director, Alaska Housing Finance Corp.,
and President, Alaska Gasline Development Corp.
Cory Borgeson, Interim President & CEO, Golden Valley Electric Association
2:55 p.m. Networking Coffee Break
3:10 p.m. Alaska's Oil Tax: Status and Priorities for the Next
Bruce Tangeman, Deputy Commissioner Department of Revenue, Alaska
3:35 p.m. Examining the Federal Government's Role in Alaska's
Oil & Gas Development: Is it Enhancing or Hindering Development?
Tim Bradner, Natural Resources Writer, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Michael C. Geraghty, Attorney General, State Of Alaska
Steve Pratt, President, Consumer Energy Alliance - Alaska
Tom Brennan, Author and Columnist, Anchorage Daily Planet
4:25 p.m. Dave Harbour’s Co-Chair Closing Remarks & Conference Adjourns
PNA by Alan Bailey (NGP Photo). As Cook Inlet natural gas supplies tighten, with Southcentral Alaska utility Enstar Natural Gas Co. no longer having all of its needed gas supplies available under firm contracts, the commercial arrangements for the purchase and delivery of gas have become significantly more complex than in the heady days of excess gas availability.
Introduced by Millett during the 2012 legislative session, HJR 29 calls on the federal Bureau of Land Management to honor its mission statement and clean up the drill sites. Some wells are actually leaking natural gas and the drill sites are covered with trash that can harm fish, birds, animals, marine mammals, groundwater and vegetation.
Citing a complete failure to take the State of Alaska’s views into consideration, Governor Sean Parnell yesterday announced the State will immediately withdraw as a cooperating agency from the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A). Last month, without providing any notice to the State or any other cooperating agency, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced millions of acres in the NPR-A will be off limits to development as part of the new NPR-A land management proposal.
On September 5, 2012, TransCanada Corp. (TRP-NYSE) submitted a revised routing for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska as part of its effort to win state approval to build the line and eventually a Presidential Permit for construction. (Energy Investment Banking, by Allen Brooks)
ADN/AP by Dan Joling. Moving ice may keep a Royal Dutch Shell petroleum drill ship away from a Chukchi Sea prospect for several days.
Today's Notes and Links: Is Alaska Competitive?
|When we received the latest paper issue of Petroleum News, the Bakken Section seemed to outweigh Alaska news reports. Perhaps this is not unexpected in view of the fact that both Texas and North Dakota now produce more oil than Alaska. Here's PNA's excellent online issue: check the headlines and consider yourself how well Alaska is competing within the world petroleum marketplace. -dh|
For those who think Alaska's geography, climate, remoteness from markets, regulatory requirements, labor costs and -- most critically -- tax structure, are competitive in the world gas market, this story of Canadian gas export success* might be worth considering. While the B.C. and Alberta provincial governments support these projects, they do not own them. Support comes not in the form of massive subsidy and political manipulation, but by moderation of tax and other government influenced expenses affecting investment decisions. (Here is a group that focuses specifically on how to, "Make Alaska Competitive"). -dh
At 8:05 p.m. Eastern time, Consumer Energy Alliance President David Holt (NGP Photo) is scheduled to review the effect of Mid-Eastern current events on American consumers with Fox Business News analyst, Neil Cavuto. We expect to hear the words, "Alaska" and "Canada" more than once. -dh
*Calgary Herald by Stephen Ewart. The selection of Prince Rupert by Spectra Energy and BG Group as the site for a huge LNG plant and export terminal marks the second time in two months that energy companies have chosen it over nearby Kitimat.