9-15-16 Kish Returns To Capitol Hill

We are delighted to note that one of Washington's most knowledgeable energy analysts is joining the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan.  We think our Alaskan, Canadian and Lower 48 readers will be grateful that such an advisor will be in such a position to improve energy decision and policy making in Washington.  -dh GOP Energy Veteran Kish To Ryan's Office: As Playbook readers found out this morning, Institute for Energy Research Senior Vice President Dan Kish is headed to Speaker Paul Ryan 's office as a new policy adviser for energy, environment, [...]

8-5-16 Feds Attack On Alaska Is Unrelenting

Murkowski: FWS Rule Is Unwarranted Takeover of State’s Rights Agency Uses Regulatory Process to Seize Control of Wildlife Management in Alaska Refuges U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. NGP stock photo by Dave Harbour. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today slammed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for finalizing a new rule that preempts the State of Alaska’s jurisdiction over wildlife management in national refuges within Alaska. The rule grants the FWS broad authority over predator control, bans science-based practices developed by the State of Alaska in consultation with [...]

8-1-16

Our Thanks to Consumer Energy Alliance For This Week's News Clips Relevant to NGP Readers Monday, August 1st, 2016 The Wall Street Journal: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Will Dry Up Without New Oil *CEA Mention The good news is the Arctic possesses abundant onshore, nearshore and offshore oil resources, and Alaskans support finding and using those resources. A 2014 poll by the Consumer Energy Alliance found that 73% of Alaskans support developing the Arctic offshore for oil and gas. Consumer Energy Alliance President David Holt. NGP File Photo by Dave [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Arctic Policy|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Alaskanomics, Arctic Policy, Commentary, Competition, LNG|0 Comments

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 [...]