We urge our readers to accept Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's (NGP Photo) invitation to join the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission at its May 18-20 meeting to explore current issues and operations influencing the U.S. oil and natural gas industry--including oil and gas shale production. -dh
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acted to redistribute $860,000 of taxpayer dollars to 14 communities to, "...expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change." -dh
Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved four targeted bills that would improve and moderni
ze the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The primary focus of these four bills is to promote data and cost transparency and species recovery.
WSJ. The next time someone says the John Roberts Supreme Court consistently blocks Obama Administration policy, be sure to ... mention Tuesday's 6-2 ruling that anoints the Environmental Protection Agency's...
These bills have been endorsed by over 25 organizations including, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Family Farm Alliance, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of Counties, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Water Resources Association, Washington Farm Bureau, Oregon Farm Bureau, Public Power Council, and National Association of Conservation Districts.
CH/CP. Former federal environment minister Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) hasn’t yet formally announced his intention to seek Alberta’s premiership, but ... Stewart Phillip, the grand chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, said he ... respects the willingness of the former land claims negotiator to hear his opponents’ point of view.
Frasier Institute: ...allowing private ownership of mineral rights.
“There is widespread support for conserving endangered species, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. This is a 40-year-old law that was last reauthorized in 1988; certainly there are ways to bring this law into the 21st century and make it work better for both species and people. These are four common sense bills that are very narrowly focused and make targeted improvements to the law in the areas of transparency and species recovery,” said Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo).
...an internal EPA memo from September 2010 that acknowledges taking proactive action to veto or restrict development at Pebble has ‘never been done before in the history of the CWA’ and will result in ‘immediate political backlash from Alaska’ and anticipates litigation. The memo also indicates EPAs ambition to vastly expand its authority, calling the Pebble precedent a ‘model of proactive watershed planning’ that will allow it to undertake ‘watershed planning’ over vast areas of state, private and tribal lands anywhere in the United States.
"The actions EPA is contemplating today go well beyond Pebble. It is a precedent that will be leveraged by environmental activist groups and will have a chilling effect on future investment and job creation throughout the country. Congress never intended to grant EPA the authority to undertake proactive watershed zoning over broad areas of state and private lands when it passed the Clean Water Act, yet that is exactly what is happening here.
Nullifying the EPA in Alaska
This is an urgent call for the Alaska State Legislature to pass emergency legislation nullifying any and all application of EPA federally promulgated water and air quality regulations as they are not constitutionally based consistent with the original intent of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 (the commerce clause) of the United States Constitution, and that the EPA has no authority over any state or private lands within the State of Alaska.
An Act relating to the United States Environmental Protection Agency rules; declaring certain federal rulemaking authority is not authorized by the United States Constitution; stating legislative duty to prevent enforcement of certain rules; stating exceptions; providing for codification; and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Alaska:
Section 1. A new section of law to be codified in the Alaska statues as section ____ of Title ____, unless there is created a publication in numbering, reads as follows:
A. The Legislature declares that the rulemaking authority of the Environmental Protection Agency is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers, and is hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Alaska, shall not be recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
Calgary Herald. Canadian oil and gas producers were “overly optimistic” heading into 2013, failing to predict a slowdown in business activity over the last 12 months and the job losses that have occurred as a result.
Alaska US Senator Lisa Murkowski Releases Energy White Paper
Yesterday we briefed readers on a webcast speech Senator Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) would deliver today at 9 a.m. EST in Washington to a Brookings Institute audience. Brookings promoted the speech as a discussion of the, "future of U.S. energy trade and its implications on the domestic economy and national security."
Most of us west of the DC beltway had to get up early for the on-line presentation (i.e. 5 a.m. Alaska time) but it was worth it.
Senator Lisa Murkowski this morning released a white paper on U.S. energy export policy, A Signal to the World: Renovating the Architecture of U.S. Energy Exports.
The white paper is available here, as are studies from the Congressional Research Service on energy exports.
Video of the speech this morning at the Brookings Institution is scheduled to be uploaded here.
Here is our story on Murkowski's release last year of Energy 20/20: A Vision for American’s Energy Future.
Murkowski used the webcast speech to make public release of her new 20 page white paper, "A Signal to the World: Renovating the Architecture of U.S. Energy Exports." Her message centered around modernizing antiquated laws and regulations and removing an unnecessary crude oil export ban. She spoke in her capacity as ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Murkowski said the fact that the United States was producing more energy than ever before occurred in spite of the federal government's policies, not because of them.
Antiquated statutes, policies, and regulations, she pointed out, contributed to inefficient agency administration, lack of clarity for investors and concepts enacted decades ago when the nation's challenges and energy supply potential were different.
Murkowski noted two goals of her energy initiative: "The first" she said, "is to highlight facts. Consensus about the facts is the basis for productive dialog. My second goal is to help frame a conversation about the state of U.S. energy exports, the 'architecture of the energy trade.'”
She addressed a common theme that not exporting natural resources/energy would mean that more would be available for US consumers. Murkowski said that modernizing the "architecture of U.S. energy exports" will be a positive signal to investors and to other world markets, improve balance of payments, minimize permitting delays, create jobs and help resolve "mismatching" of supplies and refined products and keep energy more affordable for American consumers.
Her other view of improving supply and controlling prices: "...we should be opening up federal lands to energy production, not closing them off. I can think of a few places in Alaska that could be opened up immediately for new oil production, which would lower gasoline prices."
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Charles K. Ebinger (NGP Webcast Photo, Left), moderated the event. He said that Murkowski's was one of the most important speeches presented to his forum.
Managing Director William J. Antholis, (NGP Webcast Photo, Right) -- Senior Fellow for Governance Studies -- provided a long, flattering and detailed introduction for Murkowski.
Latest energy links from the Office of the Federal Coordinator, Alaska Gas Pipeline:
- Queensland LNG industry opposes calls for export limits
- Korea Gas sells off one-fifth of its U.S. LNG to Total
- Lithuania looks forward to LNG imports as alternative to Russian gas
- Contractor demands $1.6 billion in Panama Canal expansion overruns
- Panama Canal cost dispute could hurt U.S. LNG exports
- India prime minister calls on LNG buyers to band together on price
- Shell, El Paso plan more liquefaction capacity for Georgia terminal
- India wants in on LNG shipbuilding business, too
- Shell takes more time for Pennsylvania ethane cracker decision
- Home values up 26.7% in Kitimat, B.C.
- Northern terminus of Keystone pipeline ready for the boom
- Investigators search for cause of rail tanker car explosions
- U.S. DOT warns Bakken crude may be more susceptible to explosion
- U.S. ban on oil exports could be up for debate in 2014
- Lower-cost shale oil allows U.S. to boost exports of refined products
- Hawaii utility considers burning wood pellets to generate electricity
Keynote to Brookings Institution
January 7, 2014
Thank you for that kind introduction, William. I am pleased to see so many of you here and very grateful to the Brookings Institution for the opportunity to be here today.
(For Complete Speech, Click Below....)
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday issued a Call for Information and Nominations relating to a potential oil and gas Lease Sale 237 scheduled for the Chukchi Sea Planning Area off of Alaska in 2016.
|The Republic — Kevin Sweeney is returning as Sen. Lisa Murkowski's state director. Sweeney will replace Miles Baker, who will serve as director of government relations and external affairs for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. That's the group charged with advancing an in-state gas line in Alaska.|
Alaska North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower (NGP Photo) welcomed news late yesterday that the U.S. Senate has passed federal legislation, the “Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act”, that provides $50 million in new federal funding for the cleanup of oil and gas “legacy” wells within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).
|From Michael Soukup in Governor Sean Parnell's office:
Alaskan trucking companies have a renewed sense of optimism as new opportunities are being created across the state. According to Scott Hicks of Alaska West Express, things like more jobs, more production, and more cash to the state are why he’s excited about the More Alaska Production Act and its impact on the trucking industry. To view his testimonial, please visit:
We have made careful note over the years of many instances of "Federal overreach" in Alaska. We have organized those examples into a category (below left) called "Federal Obstruction". Reviewing the video below reminds us that we may sometimes miss instances where a Federal agency has efficiently moved due process to a rational conclusion benefiting Alaska. Moving in a timely way to grant a right of way over federal lands for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation might be one example that seems to reflect Federal regulatory competence benefiting Alaska; kudos to the Bureau of Land Management. We invite readers to submit a paragraph describing other instances of Federal natural resource decisions benefiting Alaska--either with or without your identity. Submit those ideas anytime and we will archive them under our story category of "Federal Progress." -dh
Denali Legislation Advances in US Senate - KTNA - ... the Denali National Park Improvement Act sponsored by Alaska Senator Lisa ...and allows a natural gas pipeline to be buried in the National Park's ...
State awaits key decision from producers on large LNG export project - Alaskajournal.com - This is on top of about $700 million spent by the companies on a previous project to build an all-landpipeline to Alberta so that Alaska gas would be ..
Senator Cathy Giessel Responds to Yesterday's Call to Action, Supporting Senator Mark Begich's Efforts to Reduce Impact of EPA Ruling!
Commentary by Dave Harbour
Dad and Mom, Col. and Mrs. Dave Harbour, share a peaceful space under a huge, 150-year-old tropical shade tree above Honolulu at Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. Their remains rest where their relationship began 71 years ago.
On December 6, 1941 my fighter pilot dad, then a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, had taken an English-Latin teacher, an Eastern Pennsylvania farm girl, out on a date. Everyone called her, "Bobbie", though her given name was Selma.
While Mom and Dad were a little sketchy about the details, I do know that early Saturday morning, December 7, Dad had dropped Mom off at her place and was returning to his base when all hell broke loose.
He hurried to the airfield where his fighter and many others were already being strafed and bombed by Japanese Zeros.
Failing to get a plane in the air, he did the only thing he could, take cover and try to place round after round from his .45 semi-automatic pistol through metal and flesh of the alien aircraft as they made pass after pass over the airfield.
Mom and Dad shared special moments together in the hectic days following that day of infamy until he received orders shipping him out to New Guinea. There he would patrol the seaways to intercept, engage and destroy, enemy ships and planes.
Before Dad left, he and Mom were married. Dad then left Oahu for his new assignment and would get his start as a famous outdoor writer, later producing several books and writing hundreds of articles for outdoor publications like Sports Afield...and assisting in the foundation of the American Wild Turkey Federation. He got that start by learning to write action stories for 'pulp war magazines' during the unpredictable moments of tense leisure between combat missions in New Guinea.
The Army shipped Mom back to Coleman, Texas to stay with Dad's folks until he was reassigned to the Continential United States (CONUS). I was born a Texan, about nine months after those perilous Pearl Harbor days--on September 4, 1942.
I think that one of the reasons Dad did so well in combat and in a distinguished Air Force career, was his motivation to protect the country for his new family.
I remember sharing that feeling when as a 2nd Lieutenant, I shipped off years later to Korea. The hugs and smiles Dad and Mom and I shared at that parting seemed to transmit from one generation to the next the love of God, country and family and the determination to protect our way of life. And, what Mom and Dad's generation protected has provided a wonderful way of life, cultivated in the fertile land of freedom.
On this day my reflection and prayer is that our children will inherit and keep the same freedom and way of life we inherited from our parents. When those in power have boldly stated they want to 'fundamentally change the United States,' it makes me cringe and wonder if I would feel as inclined to volunteer for military service now as I did in 1966. I knew what values I was protecting then. Today, I join many others in being somewhat confused and fearful as to what our country now stands for and is evolving into.
So, today I pray for clarity. I pray that our country's values for this generation will be as worth protecting as they were when Dad and Mom faced the horror of war head on, and when I served.
I pray this moment for our Nation, knowing that the ONLY reason we have been enabled to succeed is that we have followed our founders' respect for, devotion to and love of God, His Savior son and His guidance.
I pray for those now serving in uniform and those contemplating service.
I pray that we do not lose our love of God and and our Founders' dream, lest we lose the values that have inspired generations of patriots, until now, to defend them with their lives and sacred honor.
Earlier this week we suggested that our readers comment on a potential solution to Alaska¹s concern with the EPA's Emission Control Area (ECA) that threatens the State's economy. We found that Senator Cathy Giessel (NGP Photo-above) has written Senator Begich on the subject.