Yesterday was Robert Dillon's (NGP Photo) last day of service to Senator Lisa Murkowski's Senate Energy Committee. He was thoughtful enough to share his news with regular correspondents and we pass it on, here, for some of you who know Robert well and wish to remain in touch with him. (Other Murkowski staff changes noted here at APM.) -dh
WASHINGTON, D.C.–In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, discusses the Energy Policy Modernization Act, the first broad bipartisan energy legislation to be considered by the Senate since 2007.
This bill ‘will help America produce more energy,’ Senator Murkowski says, ‘It will help Americans pay less for energy. And it will firmly establish America as a global energy superpower.’The Weekly Republican Address is available in both audio and video format and is embargoed until 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, January 23. The audio of the address is available here, the video will beavailable here and you may download the addresshere. A full transcript of the address follows:
“Hi, I’m Lisa Murkowski.
“I’m proud to represent the great state of Alaska in the U.S. Senate, where I serve as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“And I’m pleased that just days from now, the Senate will consider broad energy legislation.
“Following the passage of a highway bill, education reform, and many others, the energy bill promises to be our next bipartisan accomplishment on behalf of the American people.
“It will also be the first major energy legislation considered on the Senate floor since 2007.
“It’s been over eight years, folks.
“Back then, we were living in an era of energy scarcity, with many afraid that America was running out of resources.
“But since then, an energy revolution has occurred in our country.
“Newer technologies have allowed oil and natural gas production to soar on state and private lands, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.
“On top of that, the cost of many other technologies – from solar panels to batteries for electric vehicles – has declined dramatically.
“Unfortunately, the passage of time has also brought new challenges.
“Our infrastructure continues to age.
“Access restrictions, permitting delays, and other bureaucratic hurdles are sapping the competitiveness of our energy sector.
“And President Obama has ignored the good work going on in Congress as he attempts to unilaterally recast our nation’s energy policy.
“His gauntlet of burdensome regulations, many just beginning to take effect, threatens the affordability and reliability of our energy.
“His policies are shutting down energy-rich states like Alaska.
“He rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on political grounds.
“And then his administration imposed a moratorium on federal coal leasing.
“Decisions like those cost us jobs. They weaken our growth. And they strengthen some of the world’s worst actors, at the expense of hard-working Americans.
“There is a better path for our energy policy. And under Republican leadership, Congress is taking it.
“While the President lifted sanctions on Iran, letting the regime sell its oil into global markets, we ensured American producers can do the same by repealing an outdated export ban that applied to the United States.
“Instead of standing in the way of new infrastructure, members of both parties have supported it.
“And instead of relying on burdensome mandates and regulations, many of us have chosen to promote innovation.
“But our work is hardly finished. In order to truly protect our nation, we must do more to update our energy policies.
“That’s why I worked with my colleagues on the Energy Committee to develop a broad, bipartisan bill.
“It will help America produce more energy. It will help Americans pay less for energy. And it will firmly establish America as a global energy superpower.
“We agreed to expedite liquefied natural gas exports to boost our economy and the security of our allies.
“We agreed to bolster our mineral security so that we don’t have to rely on foreign countries for the raw materials needed for everything from smart phones to military assets.
“We agreed to promote hydropower – not to mention geothermal and other clean, renewable resources.
“We focused on innovation and efficiency – both of which lead us to a brighter energy future.
“We started to tackle permitting reform.
“And we agreed to increase government accountability, and took steps to prevent another Solyndra.
“We did this by working together. And our bill – the Energy Policy Modernization Act – passed our committee with strong bipartisan support.
“It is our latest contribution to a better energy policy for the United States. It is our latest effort to restore regular order. And it will be on the floor, on the Senate floor, starting this week.
“Thank you for listening.”
BOEM Seeks Public Comment on Hilcorp's Liberty Prospect Development and Production Plan
NGP Readers, please comment on Hilcorp’s Liberty DPP. The DPP can be viewed at: http://www.boem.gov/Hilcorp-Liberty/. -dh
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announcement:
A Development and Production Plan (DPP) received from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC (Hilcorp) relating to oil and gas development on the Liberty Prospect was deemed “submitted,” – or deemed complete to move forward in the government’s review process – initiating a 60-day period for the public to review and comment on the DPP.
This announcement does not mean that the DPP has been or will ultimately be approved; it merely denotes that BOEM has conducted a preliminary assessment and determined that Hilcorp has submitted the information required under regulations for a Development and Production Plan to move forward in the regulatory process. This area covers two leases that were issued in 1991 and 1996 under previous Administrations.
A DPP describes development and production activities proposed by an operator for a lease or group of leases. The description includes the timing of these activities, information concerning drilling methods, the location of each proposed well or production platform or other structure, and an analysis of both offshore and onshore impacts that may occur as a result of the plan's implementation.
“BOEM will conduct a rigorous evaluation of this DPP, recognizing the significant environmental, social and ecological resources in the region and honoring our responsibility to protect this critical ecosystem, our Arctic communities, and the subsistence needs and cultural traditions of Alaska Natives,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper. “ Any activity proposed offshore Alaska is scrutinized using the highest safety, environmental protection, and emergency response standards.”
Hilcorp proposes building a gravel island in approximately 19 feet of water to support a work surface of about 9.3 acres for the drilling facility at the Liberty Prospect, a site that has been evaluated and explored by industry beginning more than thirty years ago. The proposed facility would be similar to the company’s Northstar Production Facility, which has been in operation since October 2001, and which is located in state waters about 40 feet deep and about 31 miles to the northwest of the proposed Liberty Island location. The Northstar facility has a work area of about six acres. The proposed facility would be built on a man-made gravel island in federal waters about five miles off Alaska’s Beaufort Sea coast to develop hydrocarbon resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Gravel islands similar to the one proposed have been built in State of Alaska waters to support other production facilities at the Oooguruk and Nikaitchuq fields in the Beaufort Sea.
BOEM will begin its comprehensive review of the DPP by accepting and reviewing public comments through Regulations.gov, the federal government’s official rulemaking portal.
As part of its regulatory program, BOEM will issue a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on September 25, 2015. This EIS will analyze the DPP’s potential environmental effects, and will provide opportunity for public comment. It is anticipated that the environmental analysis of the DPP will take several years and will be closely coordinated with numerous federal and state agencies and consultations with appropriate federally recognized tribes. BOEM will not make a decision to approve, disapprove, or require modifications to the DPP until after the completion of the EIS.
To comment, or to review comments, go to www.regulations.gov and enter “BOEM Liberty” in the search field or BOEM-2015-0096. Comments must be received by midnight Eastern Daylight Time on the date indicated in the regulation.gov announcement.”
Hilcorp’s Liberty DPP can be viewed at: http://www.boem.gov/Hilcorp-Liberty/.
The agency ends its announcement with this statement:
"The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management of offshore conventional and renewable energy resources."
9-7-15 BLM Cleanup Progress: Thanks to an Alaska Senator and Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
BLM completes Cape Simpson cleanup work - 09/06/2015 (Login to read Full story) The federal Bureau of Land Management said Sept. 1 that it has completed cleanup of Cape Simpson legacy well sites in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. BLM said it facilitated removal of surface debris through an inter-agency agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps contracte....
Comment: President Barack Obama dined last night at the Anchorage home of Alaska Dispatch Publisher Alice Rogoff (NGP Photo). We hope that in addition to climate change issues, Alaska's major publisher was able to also discuss other matters.
Read other national and international news accounts of President Obama's Alaska visit, here.
We provided additional links, yesterday, here.
Alaska's dependence and constitutional reliance on natural resources largely rest upon Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) sustainability. This is because 90% of the state operating budget and over a third of Alaska's economy are based on oil revenue.
TAPS' sustainability, the President should know, depends in large measure on federal policies affecting the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska; the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (1002 area); oil and gas lease sales; energy project permitting, regulation and conditions.
Rogoff, a well known organizer of Arctic forums would also be in a good position to emphasize the importance of protecting US jurisdiction in the Arctic. Guarding American interests is particularly important as Russia becomes more and more provocative in staking out high value oil and gas resources in the Arctic, building infrastructure and increasing its military presence.
We have noted Canada's diligence in caring for its Arctic domain. The United States, Canada's NORAD partner, should be doing the same. -dh
7-30-15 Murkowski's Senate Energy Committee Votes to Lift Crude Export Ban and Allow State OCS Revenue Sharing
TONIGHT: YOU READ IT HERE FIRST!
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed major bills Thursday on lifting the crude oil export ban and its broad energy package.
The oil export bill would also increase offshore drilling and provide revenue sharing for neighboring states. It passed 12-10, along party lines.
"It's the result of collaborative efforts by members of this committee to boost offshore development, allow revenue sharing for coastal producing states and lift the outdated ban on crude exports," Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the panel, said of the export and offshore drilling measure.
Petroleum News by Alan Bailey (NGP Photo). On July 22 the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued permits allowing Shell to drill the top hole sections of two wells in the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea. Shell now has all of the permits that it needs to start drilling. However, BSEE is prohibiting Shell from drilling into hydrocarbon bearing zones until....