|Fairbanks News Miner. Congressman Don Young (NGP Photo) has filed legislation that would toss out the recently completed management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
... The bill, HR1964, would nullify a plan adopted by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management in February, Young said. The plan administratively withdrew about half the reserve from oil and gas leasing. (See more on this story below.)
Alaska Dispatch by Pat Forgey. "We're in a process of evaluating how we want to adjust the capital program," says Matt Fox, ConocoPhillip's executive vice president for exploration and development. "I'd like to see us adjust the capital program so we can completely arrest the decline in production in Alaska, or even turn it around."
Next Wednesday, May 22nd, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a legislative hearing on four bills to protect and expand onshore energy production on federal lands in Alaska and elsewhere.
Subcommittee Hearing Notice - May 15, 2013 - Read more below:
H.R. 555 (Johnson, OH), To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct onshore oil and gas lease sales through Internet-based live lease sales, and for other purposes, “BLM Live Internet Auctions Act.”
Our friend, Steve Borrell urges us to review this Fuel Fix article describing 'unequal treatment under the law'. It is a good preamble to the notes below. -dh
Banghazi, IRS, AP: Government is the Problem
by Nick Adams
America is in debt.
Most notably, it owes its remarkable exceptionalism and the durability of its experiment to the men who founded it.
With a penetrating prescience, these men grasped better than any before them the true nature of man, and the circumstances under which he flourishes. Where every other Constitution in the world stipulates the rights of government, the American declares the rights of the individual.
Limited government is an American value.
Sadly, the greatest nation in the world has drifted from the spirit of that hallowed document, its authors and this exceptional value.
Countless administrations and agencies evidence a massively expanding federal government.
And this week, a trifecta of problems promptly arrives: Benghazi, IRS persecution and AP records seizure.
More salient examples of precisely what the founders of the magnificent America dreaded and insulated against cannot be conceived.
No citizen should fear any portion of the government in a healthy republic. No arm of government should be a weapon of intimidation or political retribution. And yet the IRS under Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Obama and possibly others has served not just as the pipeline of wealth distribution, but also for these exact nefarious purposes.
The matter of Benghazi is deeply perturbing. One thing has always been true about America: it never leaves one of its own behind. It is a message steeped in military code that has been reinforced ceaselessly in history and popular culture. Yet increasingly it appears this may well have happened on September 11, 2012.
Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods deserve justice, as do the American people.
More information on the legal basis must emerge before we can render a judgment on the Department of Justice (DOJ) seizure of AP record logs, but the threats the action poses to a free press and the newsgathering process are alarmingly clear.
This ‘scandal’ trio has the press corps in a lather not seen since the George W Bush administration.
Suddenly they find their skepticism dissipating; their backsides on the very same bleachers as conservatives. Suddenly, they understand, at least momentarily, what the fuss has been about. But it’s not enough. It’s shameful. For too long, the mainstream media has protected and disseminated liberal ideology to the detriment of the nation. Reporting on the Boston terror attack, and Benghazi prior to the emergence of whistleblowers and clear changes to talking points, by major US media, unmistakably revealed their automatic assumption: American guilt. Nothing could be more pernicious than this mindset; nothing more offensive or contrary to the American narrative.
In just days, voices that for years were derided and traduced were vindicated and recognized as visionary. Those voices had, and have, a prescience America’s founders would be proud of; they were, and remain, in keeping with a tradition of exceptionalism. Social reform to the limited government value of America will lead to its evolution to the moribund mediocrity of a European state.
At the commencement speech to the graduating class of Ohio State less than a fortnight ago, President Obama made the following observation:
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.
"Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
Under the menacing shadows of Benghazi, the IRS and the AP, these words now return to haunt him.
|The public service goal of Northern Gas Pipeline is to educate. Will you join us as a Public Service Sponsor or Stakeholder? -dh|
ELECTED OFFICIALS EVERYWHERE, LISTEN! Calgary Herald by Eric Pedersen. The hard lesson of "be careful what you wish for, as you may just get it," has been learned by all the First Nations people along the route of the Mackenzie Valley pipeline. More than 20 years later, it is still not built, and now, with low gas prices, it will never be built. All the economic benefits have been lost forever. The people of the Mackenzie Delta and Mackenzie Valley are in hindsight wishing there was gas flowing down a pipeline. Your short-term thinking will strangle your young people's future.
The Columbus, Indiana Republic reported last night that Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) is in New York talking with rating agencies and banks about, "Alaska's Budget and Economic Outlook". We visited for two days with dozens of these NYC analysts and rating agencies six years ago. We answered a thousand questions about Alaska's budget, gas pipeline and oil and gas issues. Several dozen of those analysts and several score regulators are still NGP readers. We believe the Governor will find a highly astute and educated audience among the City's financial community. -dh
State Legislators Support Congressional Efforts to Protect State Revenues From “theft” of $110 Million By Federal Overreach.
Late yesterday we received a statement from leaders of the Energy Producing States Coalition (EPSC), including Senator Cathy Giessel (NGP Photo), Chairman-Elect. The statement notes the Coalition's support of the “State Mineral Revenue Protection Act,” which would ensure that the states are not deprived of mineral revenue from natural resource development on Federal lands in the various states are actually shared with the state. The federal government has recently threatened to 'garnish' the states' share of such revenue to help pay for 'sequestration'. Other leaders of the Coalition include Chairman Roger Barrus, a Utah Representative and Past Chairman Thomas Lubnau, Wyoming's Speaker of the House. U.S. House and Senate Members supporting the measure include: Representative Cynthia M. Lummis (R, WY), Representative Rob Bishop (R, UT 1), Representative Jason Chaffetz (R, UT 3), Representative Kevin Cramer (R, ND), Representative Steve Pearce (R, NM 2), Representative Chris Stewart (R, UT 2), Senator Michael Enzi (R, WY), Senator John Barrasso (R, WY), Senator Tom Udall (D, NM), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D, ND), Senator Orrin Hatch (R, UT), Senator John Hoeven (R, ND) and Senator James Risch (R, ID).
NPR-A Targeted As U.S. House Acts to Create Jobs, Reduce Prices, Grow Economy
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 - Members of the House Natural Resources Committee introduced two bills to protect and expand U.S. onshore energy production on federal lands. The bills would remove government roadblocks and hurdles that delay American energy production, promote production of our oil shale resources, and ensure that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming supports free trade and freedom to export LNG, an issue critical to the future of Alaska gas pipelines. -dh
Ocean Policy: Obama's End Run Around Congress and The Constitution. We began alerting readers to the White House move to zone the oceans and further restrict freedom of citizens four years ago and have added more details since then. We applaud Representative Millett's current observations, expressed here.
When our readers click to the actual article and scroll down to the comment section they will be astounded. As knowledgeable observers, our readers will at once recognize the illiteracy of commenters and their mean spirits. One's instinct could well lead to a conclusion that the commenters are recruits from environmental activist cells and graduates of the George Soros School of Propaganda.
We have seen similar comment treatment given to other legislators who provide logical, important reaction to overreaching government activity.
We lament that news media blogs perpetuate this nasty behavior and constant ad hominem criticism by allowing commenters to remain anonymous.
If news media wanted truly thoughtful commentary, they would require proper commenter identification.
Until then, we can only offer our own appreciation to Representative Millett on behalf of our own loyal, well-studied and well-behaved readers.
ADN Op-Ed by Rep. Charisse Millett (NGP Photo).
Alaskans today have tremendous potential opportunities that can provide lasting benefits for decades to come. Plentiful energy and mineral resources, new Arctic shipping lanes, vibrant fisheries, and a bustling tourism industry are but a few of the areas that could all combine to usher in a new era of unprecedented economic and societal prosperity for the people of Alaska and beyond. Unfortunately, prospects for this bright future could potentially be delayed if not derailed as a result of President Obama's issuance of the July 2010 National Ocean Policy Executive Order and the recently-released National Ocean Policy Final Implementation Plan.
APRN, by Alexandra Gutierrez. If this legislative session was all about oil, the next one could be more focused on natural gas. The end goal is a pipeline capable of moving the massive supply of gas on North Slope to market. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that the state is looking at the issue of getting a project online from multiple angles.
For Our Early Morning Readers! Today the Division of Oil and Gas will hold its annual areawide oil and gas lease sales for the Alaska Peninsula and Cook Inlet as well as a geothermal lease sale for Augustine Island. Division Director Bill Barron (NGP Photo) will be available directly after the lease sales for interviews.
|Also, yesterday in Washington: House Subcommittee Examines Federal Impediments to Job Creation, Economic Growth, & Recreation on Public Lands|
Senator Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) today criticized the Interior Department’s budget proposal for attempting to make Alaska pay for the decades-old broken promises of the federal government.
Alberta Oil: Could the N.W.T.’s Canol shale be the next Bakken?
Two former Democratic senators say Congress and the Obama administration should not stand in the way of natural gas exports.
CBC News: Enbridge Gas New Brunswick has won its legal challenge of provincial regulations that stipulate how the Energy and Utilities Board sets distribution rates.
Yesterday, at Houston's Offshore Technology Conference, Alaska was a big subject of discussion (See our report yesterday). From the Houston Chronicle, comes the following commentary by Consumer Energy Alliance President, David Holt (NGP Photo) -dh. In Alaska, where a vast pool of oil and natural gas resources is not only surveyed but accessible, federal policy is also halting development. Several companies have temporarily suspended exploration offshore Alaska due to regulatory uncertainty. Meanwhile, Russia and Norway are moving to expand their Arctic drilling capabilities, shifting investment and expertise away from American interests and putting us behind the curve in developing our Arctic resources. Yesterday at OTC, a group of eight coastal governors ... called for an improved dialogue with the federal government to allow ...
|Other news media references to the OTC include: Wall Street Journal: “Coastal Governors Want More Offshore Drilling”
Offshore Energy Today: “OTC 2013: Governors Calls for Timely Approvals for Offshore Projects”
Richmond Times Dispatch: “Virginia Joins Bid for Offshore Drilling”
Houston Chronicle: “Rick Perry to Obama: Give coastal states more access & dollars”
YourHoustonNews: “Perry renews call for more offshore energy development, consistent federal regulation”
Birmingham News (AP): “Coastal governors call for more offshore drilling”
Northern Gas Pipelines: "Coastal Governors Gather Today In Support Domestic Energy Development"
... expanded access to U.S. waters. They noted that 85 percent of the nation's OCS is currently off limits. They also urged federal policymakers to better manage regulatory standards for offshore development to provide increased certainty and more efficient timelines for operators. Finally, the governors endorsed legislative efforts to expand oil and gas revenue-sharing to all coastal states, underscoring the importance of such revenues to state coastal management and infrastructure development programs. Policymakers should take their cues from the can-do spirit of OTC and apply that same dynamism to fashioning reasonable offshore regulations. Building on our undeniable success and technological advancement in developing our onshore resources, we should be looking to the sea to help supply our nation with domestic oil and natural gas in a safe, reliable and responsible manner. With a renewed focus on the OCS and the flexibility to allow states to determine their own fate, Washington could help usher in the next energy boom. The future of American energy production is offshore, just as much as it's onshore, and it's time our federal policymakers enable this growth."
Governor Sean Parnell's office provided the following report: May 6, 2013, Houston, TX – Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory headlined a panel today.... (See Multi Media and Photos Here)
Calgary Herald. Less than five months after his appointment, Bryan Gould is no longer president of Athabasca Oil Corp., the company announced Monday.
|Commentary: Today in Houston, the Offshore Technology Conference features the Outer Continental Shelf Governors' Coalition -- including Alaska Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) -- discussing the need for better federal-state communication on OCS policymaking and the benefits of OCS development for coastal states and
energy consumers. We will provide an update on the conference tomorrow. We compliment Governor Parnell for his leadership in this effort to work with other coastal governors. Their effort will support Alaska's need to sustain throughput of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) as well as Alaska's economy which is 90% dependent on Alaska North Slope production. Governor Parnell's efforts also support the country's need for a stronger economy, energy self sufficiency, national security and massive job creation. -dh
Fuel Fix. Governors from Alaska and states bordering the Gulf of Mexico are reaching out to their counterparts along the West and East Coast today in a bid to get them more involved in decisions about energy production offshore. The push for a new Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition is led by four governors who know a little something about oil and gas production offshore: Rick Perry (NGP Photo-R) of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Sean Parnell of Alaska (Coalition Chairman). In an invitation to other coastal state governors, the foursome said they hoped the coalition would “foster an appropriate dialogue between the coastal states and the administration” about offshore drilling. The group would give the governors a vehicle to lobby for expanded drilling offshore. (Note: our sources tell us that other panel members will include: Alabama Governor Robert Bently (NGP Photo-Upper L), Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (NGP Photo-R), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Chief of Staff Martin Kent and Louisana Governor Bobby Jindal's Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities, Garret Graves. -dh)
This week in Washington from Consumer Energy Alliance sources:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (F.R. Page 20637) holds a meeting of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel to provide an opportunity for independent expert members of the ad hoc panel to provide comment on EPA's study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, May 7-8. The meeting begins at 9:30amET at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel (801 North Glebe Road) in Arlington, VA. Event available via webcast at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
The House Appropriations Committee Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing on the budget for the Bureau of Land Management at9:30am ET in B-308 Rayburn House Office Building.
The Natural Resources Committee holds a full committee hearing on H.R.527, the "Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act” at 9:30am ET in 366 Dirken Senate Office Building.
The House Science Committee Energy Subcommittee and Environment Subcommittee hold a joint hearing on "Keystone XL Pipeline: Examination of Scientific and Environmental Issues” at10:00am ET in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion on "America's Natural Gas: Should Exports be Restricted?” at 10:00am ET at AEI (1150 17th Street NW, 12th Floor) in Washington, DC. The event can be viewed online here.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold ahearing on "U.S. Energy Abundance: Exports and the Changing Global Energy Landscape” at 10:00am ETin 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
The Senate Appropriations Committee Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a hearing on "FY2014 Budget Request for the Department of the Interior” at10:30am ET in 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Wednesday, May 8
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a briefing on "Energy Efficient Infrastructure for More Resilient Local Economies: The Role of District Energy, CHP (combined heat and power), and Microgrids." The briefing begins at 9:30am ETin 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Please RSVP here.
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on "DOI Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication and Delay” at 10:00am ET in 1324 Longworth House Office Building.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee markup of S.306, the "Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act"; S.545, the "Hydropower Improvement Act of 2013"; S.761, the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013"; H.R.267, the "Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013"; and H.R.678, the "Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act." The mark-up begins at 11:30am ET in 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
The House Appropriations Committee Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hold a hearing on the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at1:00pm ET in 2359 Rayburn House Office Building.
Senate Appropriations Committee Energy and Water Development Subcommittee will hold ahearing on "The FY2014 funding request and budget justification for the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation” at2:30pm ET in 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy and Nuclear Energy Program hold a "College Champions Debate Nuclear Energy," panel discussion on the future of nuclear energy in the United States with student teams from Georgetown University and Northwestern University. The event begins at 5:45pm ET at CSIS (1800 K Street NW) in Washington, DC.
Thursday, May 9
Senate Environment and Public Works will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The hearing will begin at 9:15am ET in 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hold ahearing on "American Energy Security and Innovation: Grid Reliability Challenges in a Shifting Energy Resource Landscape” at 9:30am ET in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) and Synapse Energy Economics will hold a news conference to release a new report, "Doubling Wind in PJM Will Save Consumers Billions," that details how "changes in energy generation within the Mid-Atlantic region (PJM) that could save consumers billions and require little new infrastructure." The press conference begins at 1:30pm ET at the UN Foundation Office (1615 M Street NW, 7thFloor) in Washington, DC.