7-15-16 A Little Sign Of Alaska Gasline Ethics Traps….

   (Note: readers may submit comments on this story below.)  ALERT - ALERT - ALERT NOTICE THIS AFTERNOON.  BOEM releases draft Environmental Impact Statement for Potential Cook Inlet Lease Sale: Agency Seeks Public Comments through Sept. 6 Potential Gasline Ethics Warning In late 2015 we warned Legislators to get rid of any gas line public funding for many reasons, including a litany of conflicts of interest likely to emerge.  (Read below, column right) Commentary: Alaska's Quixotic gasline governor is intent on risking hundreds of millions of public, EQUITY dollars on a gas pipeline/LNG project -- even without [...]

7-7-16 DOI RELEASES FINAL ARCTIC OCS DRILLING REGULATIONS

ALERT ALERT ALERT HERE IS THE DOI LINK YOU'LL NEED HERE ARE THE ACTUAL NEW ARCTIC OCS REGULATIONS Cautionary note: The email alert we issued today indicated that we would have more to say in coming weeks about these Arctic OCS regulations.  Our initial scanning of the regs today, did not lead us to immediate judgment.  We deeply respect the work of Congressman Bishop (below) and his predecessor, Doc Hastings.  However, on this issue of the Arctic OCS regs, study is required before reaching final conclusions.  A respected friend with one of [...]

7-5-16 Meanwhile…on the Washington, D.C. front

  (Note: as we have observed for about 15 years, now, Alaska and its natural resource based Constitution and economy face two major opponent groups: 1) Alaska based environmental and social activists (primarily democrat operatives), and 2) Washington D.C. activists (Primarily a progressive democrat administration supported by a well organized environmental/socialist political network).  Today's report reflects the continuing work of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance and the state's Congressional delegation to fend off Alaska's federal adversaries.  -dh) Rebecca Logan, General Manager, Alaska Support Industry Alliance, NGP file photo by Dave Harbour Date: July [...]

6-28-16 ALASKA’S GOVERNOR: Clouds Of Suspicion Descend On Him As His True Motives Begin To Emerge

Is this the question everyone would like to ask? Alaska Governor Bill Walker. NGP Stock Photo by Dave Harbour. If Alaska's Governor Bill Walker were not conniving to convert Alaska into a sick, modern version of Hugo Chavez' socialist  utopia, why would he be overspending, demonizing the state's biggest investors and seeming to move toward a takeover of various oil & gas leases and transportation and distribution systems?   -dh     Anchorage Daily Planet Editorial: Disaster in the making? Added by Editor on June 27, 2016. [...]

6-27-16 Four Ways The New Panama Canal Will Change The World

Change the world, yes.  But how will it affect Alaska's LNG Project? MAERSK shipping is one of the great transport support companies in the world.  Its Panama Canal story BELOW could be read as an advertisement. Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska. NGP file photo by Dave Harbour. However, we read it as a documentary on how competition for an Alaska LNG project has just increased.  Larger draft vessels transporting LNG from the Gulf coast and abroad through the new/improved Canal will have cheaper access to Alaska's natural Asian [...]

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6-23-16 Federal Overreach Is Officially Court-Scorned

BREAKING NEWS TODAY: Compare With Related Federal Lawlessness Documented Below Washington, D.C. – Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the lack of enforcement and accountability from the Obama Administration in response to a growing number of reports of unethical and criminal conduct at the Department of the Interior (DOI).  More here, including witness testimony.... Pacific Legal Foundation's Supreme Court Victories Over Federal Overreach Read Here Federal Judge Kills Fed Fracking Regs By Victor Morton - The Washington Times - Tuesday, June [...]

5-17-16 Daunting Federal OCS and Oil State Budget Challenges

From Dan Kish at the Institute for Energy Research comes this comment (i.e. below left) on the federal government's consideration of its 2017-2022 5-year leasing plan.   The IER analysis carefully addresses nationwide concerns about access to federal lands/waters for energy exploration and production.  Since Alaska is such a huge component of federally managed OCS  resources, IER correctly recognizes Alaska's potential:  ...there has been far greater leasing in the Gulf of Mexico than the Alaska OCS and as a result the reserve estimates have nearly sextupled in the Gulf of Mexico while remaining [...]

6-16-16 Canadian Community Fights For LNG/Pipeline Project

ACTION ALERT Five-Year OCS Lease Sale Plan, deadline today! PLEASE RESPOND TODAY: HERE’S HOW Here's the pat on the back you'll receive when you submit your comment: "Your comment was submitted successfully!" Mining by Dean Pelkey.  Canadians Stand In Support Of Pipeline/LNG Project! Platts.  Alaska and North Slope producers are discussing possible new ownership structures for the large Alaska LNG project.... We always value the wisdom and information transmitted by our Ak-Headlamp friends and today is another illustration of why this is so: Alex Epstein, a recent speaker at [...]

6-8-16 Repsol Left Argentina For Alaska — Now Closes Alaska Office!

Another Supreme Court victory by our Pacific Legal Foundation friends -- for private landowners and natural resource developers everywhere.  Congratulations!  -dh An oil and gas tax credit report from Alaska State Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Senator Cathy Giessel June 7, 2016 June 6, 1944 was the turning point in World War II - the D Day offensive, on the beaches of Normandy, against Hitler's German forces in Europe. Alaska State Senate Resources Committee Chairman, Cathy Giessel. NGP file photo by Dave Harbour. Yesterday, June [...]

6-6-16 An Alberta Energy Editorial Tailor Made For Alaska

From one of our heros: Chris Nelson, a writer who provided this commentary to the Calgary Herald. With a few word changes, we could produce a commentary just like this for Alaska...or, North Dakota or California or Texas or Pennsylvania or New York or Colorado, etc.    -dh According to a respected federal think-tank, Alberta’s on a slippery slope to having little energy industry left as the world turns instead to renewable sources of power. The scenario sounds like David Bowie’s epic Five Years, except we apparently have three times [...]

5-27-16 Trump On Energy: A Work In Progress We Can Support!

Headlines For Our Special Interest Readers: Alaska Oil Producers Respond To Low Oil Prices; Yedlin: PwC energy forum renews need for urgency on energy exports; EDITORIAL: Lack of leadership on display from Gov, Legislature; Braid: A Trump welcome for a Notley ally; Legacy wells need full clean-up: Government wells still polluting Alaska, funding running short; Walker's repackaged tax proposals land with thud in the Legislature Trump In N.D. Yesterday Addressed Fracking, Keystone XL and Alaska The man is a work in progress that the energy industries can support by Dave Harbour Donald [...]

5-21-16 Alaska Gas Project: When Does One More Straw Break The Camel’s Back?

Tim Bradner, NGP Photo by Dave Harbour 5-13-11 Tim Bradner of the AJOC brings us another Alaska gas monetization reality: wetlands mitigation (Story below).  Higher but unknown additional mitigation/litigation costs cannot improve feasibility of AGDC's (https://www.agdc.us/) government investment in the Alaska LNG project (http://ak-lng.com/).  Nor can such open-ended future expenses make the state's socialist equity investment in Alaska LNG more beneficial to citizens. This is precisely the type of uncertainty that leads project proponents to add additional contingency requirements to Financing Plans: uncertainty requires hedging as greater assurance of "project completion" to satisfy [...]

5-12-16 How The Federal Government Stole Alaska’s Statehood Birthright

Even if the federal government were to restore the natural resource birthright it has stolen from the 49th State, Alaskans would STILL remain challenged.  For when its citizens enjoyed what seemed to be unlimited oil wealth 3-4 decades ago, it taxed more and spent more and more -- until it had developed an unsustainable lifestyle.  So, we do hope that great leadership can free Alaska of the federal overreaching jurisdiction and violations of due process described below.  But then, equally great leadership -- with disciplined citizen support -- must establish sustainable government services [...]

5-6-16 Compliments to Shell and Congratulations to TransCanada!

CBC.ca TransCanada gets final permits for Coastal GasLink pipeline to Kitimat,  CBC.ca.  The 650-kilometre pipeline would link natural gas fields in northeastern ... "If I had just known...." by Dave Harbour Sometimes I look back and think, "If I had just known my dear friend or family member was going to die last week, I'd have spent more time with him/her and....   If.... If...."   In my more rational moments, I recall that while I cannot change the past -- and should not let the past dominate my thinking -- I [...]

5-2-16. Alaska has condensate but not enough crude oil; Alberta has massive crude but insufficient condensate (at the right price). Should they renew talks about an Alberta-Alaska rail….

Our observation:  A rail line between Alberta and Alaska could export Oil Sands crude through Alaska and backhaul North Slope condensate.  (See story below).  We'll leave it to others to consider economic feasibility of different routes and modes.   We will observe that the backhaul idea might make any Canadian export project more feasible.   Furthermore, the Oil Sands new challenge of requiring heavy oil to be thinned by about a third, with condensate, and Exxon's new Point Thomson condensate production does create more condensate for sale...and does reveal a nearby market [...]