10-13-17 Unhappy Case Histories: Canadians and Americans Can Learn From Each Other

Representative Rob Bishop, courtesy Civil Services. Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to chair the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Chairman Rob Bishop released the following statement: “Kathleen Hartnett White is a great choice to help the administration realign priorities at CEQ. Over the past eight years, this executive office has attempted to use the National Environmental Policy Act as a tool to stonewall any project with a federal nexus. I look forward to working with her on a long overdue streamlining of [...]

10-12-17 Your Northern Energy Update

Warning: Alaska treads troubled economic waters in the middle of a fiscal storm.  Politicians are making the financial crisis worse by creating state subsidies and ratepayer risks.  The story below again reminds us of the Administration's payoff to Interior Alaska supporters via a subsidized Fairbanks gas utility (i.e. when South Central's Enstar customers paid for their own).   Not to mention the otherwise uneconomic Fire Island wind generation project and an infeasible Alaska LNG\pipeline scheme.   Note how two local politicians in the story below are discussing a strategy for squeezing [...]

10-6-17 Friday’s Much Ado About Energy … And Politics!

The Energy World Under President Trump For the energy scholars among us, this Reuters article has it all: from oil & gas to coal, Paris climate change accord, and alternative energy.  While we respect the research and statistics, we could call into question some of the journalism that leans leftward.  With that caveat, it is a piece worth maintaining in our archives and a ready reference for those of you who will be giving speeches in the near future.  We say, "near future" because the energy landscape is constantly [...]

10-5-17

Thought of the day: "Alaska's government-sponsored LNG project need not contend (directly) with Panama Canal issues.  But Alaska faces similar project risks.  Do Alaskan citizens want their government's 'go it alone LNG project' to be subject to enormous project risks?  Do Alaskans want, as their government LNG project proposes, to commit 25% cash/royalty gas equity to a risky, $40-60 billion venture?  Is the risk worth the reward?  Do citizens even know how much the reward will be?"  -dh Gulf of Mexico LNG Shippers Have a $45000-a-Day Problem, Oil & Gas [...]

9-11-17 Lest We Forget

Walker says state won't put more money into Alaska LNG.   Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.  ANCHORAGE — Alaska won't put more money into promoting the big AlaskaLNG Project until firm commitments are made by customer.... Alaska North Slope Iñupiats Support Reasonable Development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Point Hope, AK – Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE) announced its support for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling. The board of directors passed the resolution officially backing safe and responsible development in the refuge, specifically the 1002 coastal plain area, that represents eight [...]

By | 2017-09-11T17:47:47+00:00 September 11th, 2017|AGDC, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, ANWR, Interstate Gas, Intrastate Gas, LNG|0 Comments

9-8-17 Alaska’s Government Owned LNG Project: Now Is Not The Time (Nor will it ever be for a bureaucrat-directed, politically risky socialist pipeline)

Mike Navarre. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour COMMENTARY: RESPECTING THE KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH Larry Persily, former federal coordinator of the Alaska gas line projects office, currently serves as Chief of Staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. We have always respected both of these individuals. No one has more to gain than they do from a successful Alaska LNG project that is currently designed to terminate in their Borough.  The employment, tax and general economic benefits of such a project would be enormous. But [...]

9-1-17 Governor Walker of Alaska Makes Confusing/Damaging Energy Decisions

Is Alaska's Governor pro-development...but only as long as his state government calls the shots and does the developing?   (Below we find the Governor's confusingly supportive actions.  In the right column, we find more substantive actions contributing to a loss of investor interest and a more dangerous economic climate.)  -dh Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour Our commentary: Below, we have the appearance of a governor supporting federal energy access programs.  But then you notice such minor expressions of support for natural [...]

8-21-17 Alaska LNG Project Subsists On Subsidies

Alaska's Government Gas Pipeline/LNG Project Still Treads Water We fear government owned/subsidized projects -- even wasteful or uneconomic ones -- produce support industry crony capitalists who become dependent on the client and supportive of socialist government benefactors and candidates for public office.  A misplaced fear?  You be the judge. by Dave Harbour In spite of low prices and unprecedented competition in the gas/LNG industry, Alaska's government subsidized North Slope gas monetization project continues to tread water, shall we say, "gasping for air". Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines [...]

8-21-17 This Week’s Relevant Energy Links

Oil & Gas News & Alaska LNG Updates by Larry Persily, Kenai Peninsula Borough Northern Gas Pipelines file photo, Larry Persily Oil and gas news briefs for Aug. 21, 2017 China boosts natural gas imports to keep up with growing demand (Bloomberg; Aug. 16) - Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government has beaten expectations in its drive to help clear the nation’s notoriously smoggy skies by burning less coal and oil in favor of cleaner natural gas. But that success may be too much, too soon. Gas consumption [...]

By | 2017-08-21T09:26:05+00:00 August 21st, 2017|AGDC, LNG|0 Comments

7-20-17 TODAY IN CONGRESS. MONDAY TAPS. A WORKABLE ALASKA GTL SCHEME?

Murkowski Welcomes Nomination of Joe Balash for Key Role at Interior Members Discuss Bills to Bring Much Needed Reforms to the Endangered Species Act Varcoe: New BC energy minister faced with rekindling Canada's bold LNG dream Prospects For Exporting Alaska LNG?  Reference: U.S. LNG exporters could lose money for years, analysts say, Price competition holding back Canada’s LNG export hopes, Exxon drops plans to develop 46 tcf gas field offshore Indonesia (Links from Larry Persily) Is Gas To Liquids In Alaska's Future (Scroll down)? TODAY: HOUSE COMMITTEE MOVES TO IMPROVE MINING [...]

6-26-17 More Detail On BP’s Global Energy Review

Continued Today From Our 6-19-17 Posting: BP’s Global Energy Review Damian Bilbao, BP Alaska Exploration, Inc., Global Energy Review 2017 Stay tuned for more on Damian Bilbao's presentations yesterday to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Center-Anchorage on BP's Statistical Review.    -dh Energy markets in transition: BP Statistical Review shows long-term shifts underway Strong oil demand and weaker supply growth rebalance oil markets; inventories continue to weigh on oil prices Energy mix shifting; rising renewable energy offsetting steep falls in coal use  Carbon [...]

5-17-17 Alaska LNG Project: Not Now Says Expert

From Suzanne Downing's Must Read Alaska: Larry Persily to Alliance: Skeptical on Gasline Larry Persily, chief of staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, spoke to the Alaska Support Industry Alliance on May 11. Persily is a former deputy commissioner of the Department of Revenue and was the coordinator for the Federal Office for Alaska Gas Line Projects. Must Read Alaska asked him for a copy of his speech, which those pondering our state’s massive proposed gasline project may find insightful: Larry Persily. Northern Gas Pipeline file photo by Dave Harbour It’s [...]

By | 2017-05-17T14:05:10+00:00 May 17th, 2017|AGDC, FERC, Interstate Gas, Intrastate Gas|0 Comments

5/11/17

Is Green BC Wealth Producer or Wealth Rejector? Razor-thin margins in B.C. vote give Greens sway on pipeline, LNG projects, Calgary Herald.  B.C. Green party leader Andrew Weaver is flanked by his wife Helen and son David as he speaks to supporters in Victoria, B.C. Wednesday. From: the Alaska Support Industry Alliance Last weekend, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced that it had opened a new office in Japan. But, it only made the announcement in Japan. Now, one lawmaker is questioning how the agency is spending its [...]

By | 2017-05-10T19:52:13+00:00 May 11th, 2017|AGDC|0 Comments