5-27-17 Secretary Zinke To Visit Alaska Next Week

Congressional Delegation Ready to Welcome Secretary Zinke To Alaska Interior Secretary to Visit Alaska During Memorial Day Work Period Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today announced that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will travel to Alaska during the Memorial Day state work period. The trip will be Zinke’s first to the state since his bipartisan confirmation by the Senate in early March.   “We’re excited to announce that Secretary Zinke will visit Alaska next week,” the [...]

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5-12-17 Pebble Finally Earns Freedom To Exercise Its Constitutional Guarantee of Due Process

Bishop Statement on EPA’s Pebble Mine Announcement RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement to allow the Pebble Mine project in southwest Alaska to proceed to regular permitting under the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed mineral development project was preemptively denied by the Obama administration outside of the traditional NEPA process. John Shively. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour (We note that this was one of many instances wherein [...]

4-21-17 Arctic (And Other Energy) Conferences!

Yesterday, we advised readers about two upcoming conferences, one in Inuvik, NWT and one in Anchorage.  Below, we alert readers to consider several more!  -dh Enjoy The Kentucky Derby Spirit With An Alaska Railroad Twist! Alaska's Energy and Minerals Sector Could Interface With Other Constituent Businesses In A Great Atmosphere.  Join Us Next Week!  -dh On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce invites our readers to come aboard the Annual Anchorage Chamber Train Ride, held from noon to 4:30 p.m., on the Alaska Railroad passenger train. This [...]

4-7-17 CELEBRATE PRUDHOE BAY’S 4 DECADES OF PRODUCTIVITY!

Nominate an exceptional Alaska oil and gas project, contractor, or individual today! Marilyn Crockett, former President, AOGA. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour AOGA President, Kara Moriarty. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour AOGA's annual Industry Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the Alaska oil and gas industry in four categories: Contractor of the Year for Safety Performance Award, sponsored by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance Project of the Year Award for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation, sponsored by Stoel Rives Rising Star [...]

3-31-17 Shale is competitive but how about high cost, Alaska Prudhoe Bay and Alberta Oil Sands?

When we read Frost's, The Road Not Taken, neither he nor we know if the path he took was best.   Courtesy: Pinterest Heaven knows we've opined enough on the effect of hostile government policies on the ability of producers in high cost environments to continue producing taxes and royalties for their governments and profits for their shareholders.  We've encouraged northern Alaska state and Canadian provincial governments to spend more time looking outward -- to better understand global competition.  Instead, politicians on both sides of their national boundaries are [...]

3-22-17 Between a rock and a hard place….

Courtesy: BregsForum.com Differences over future divide Alaska Legislature.  Philosophical differences between members of the House and Senate are raising the risk that the Legislature ends the session without resolving the state’s ongoing budget crisis. GREAT NEWS FOR AMERICA, AND A GOOD OMEN FOR FUTURE ALASKA POLICY IMPROVEMENTS  -DH Bishop Response to Successful Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2017 CONTACT: Parish Braden or Molly Block (202) 226-9019  Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of the Interior’s Lease Sale 247 for oil and gas [...]

3-15-17 Murkowski Prioritizes Energy Infrastructure

Globe & Mail.  Shell left Alaska, now trims Alberta and B.C. investments. Alaska state senators scour budget in hopes of $300M in cuts  Climate bill faces tough sledding in Alaska legislature (See our related Commentary)   Today we also provide our many readers who knew him, an obituary and personal comments about Dennis Hebner, a great friend.  -dh Senator Lisa Murkowski. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour Murkowski: Energy Infrastructure Is Central to Our Way of Life Highlights Critical Role in Making Energy Cleaner, More [...]

2-9-17 U.S. Congress Tries To Correct Obama Attack On State Land Use Control

To our Canadian & U.S. marketers Note from our Mid-Atlantic energy analyst guru: "...the market will not see a further meaningful increase in crude oil without some weakening of the dollar.   Also, natural gas will be hard pressed to move with conviction until the cost of capital (as indicated by the rate on the benchmark ten-year bond) rises." From our Southeast Alaska friend Denny DeWitt comes this letter requesting the Alaska Delegation to use the  Congressional Regulatory Review Act (CRA) to stop implementation of the new ROD for the Tongass Management [...]

2-3-17 AMA BREAKING NEWS -also- Dakota Access Trespassers Were No Angels

Cleanup begins at Dakota Access encampment  02/05/2017 (Trouble viewing this article? Click here).  Cleanup of a North Dakota encampment where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline stayed for months to protest the $3.8 billion project is expected to take weeks, a leader of the tribe that organized the protest said Jan. 31. The Standing Rock Sioux hopes to complete the work before any spring.... FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour FERC won’t have a quorum after Feb. 3  02/05/2017 (Trouble viewing this article? Click [...]

1-25-17 Trump is right. Dakota trespassers are wrong.

Trump’s move on Keystone XL, Dakota Access outrages activists.  The Trump administration is pushing forward on plans for two major oil pipelines in the U.S., projects that sparked nationwide demonstrations and legal fights under .... Our comment:  Obama disapproved Keystone for enviro-politics after State Department recommended approval. So called Dakota Access "activists" include enviro-activists and are trespassing on federal land. Pipeline ROW is not on Indian land. Pipeline ROW is on private land. This is about the public interest and rule of law vs. private interests and anarchy. -dh

12-14-16 Trump policies could benefit all kinds of Alaska/Canadian energy projects

Rosetta Alcantra Rosetta Alcantra, Vice President of Communications for the Alaska Gasoline Development Corporation (AGDC), will present a brief overview, “Who is AGDC?”  (Monday, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce) ________________________ Did you receive yesterday's Email Alert (You read it here first) Canada Says Goodbye to Coal Generation by 2030 EIA Says U.S. oil and natural gas proved reserves decrease: lower prices ____________________________ 3 legislators look to next session.  Kenai Peninsula Online.   Chenault said one of his concerns will be the uncertain future of the Alaska [...]

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11-26-16 Trump’s Interior Department Appointments = Pluses & Minuses

Choosing An Interior Secretary Parnell Sullivan       Cronin Two potential Alaskan picks for Interior Secretary offer both advantages and disadvantages.  Bob Gilliam, below, has used his wealth to support anti-development activism that injures the constitutional guarantee of 'due process'.  Sarah Palin created a predatory oil tax and applied it retroactively, injuring Alaska's investment climate for nearly a decade.  We doubt either has the management capacity to 'drain the swamp' of eco-extremism in the Interior Department.  If an Alaskan is to be chosen, a better choice [...]

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, [...]

6-21-16 The Socialist Cabal Attacks Nuclear, et. al.

Wildrose blasts NDP over climate plan advertising, Calgary Herald ... per-capita greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate warming and to help the province win outside support for stalled pipeline projects ... NGP Readers: be aware that as the enviro-industrial-governmental cabal continues (i.e. via protests, confrontation, litigation, statute and regulation) to vilify and outlaw OCS activity, oil, pipelines, coal and nuclear energy projects, more reliance will fall on natural gas power generation.  Now, the cabal is targeting nuclear but also natural gas.  So when the inevitable market and political winds [...]