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, [...]

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 [...]

7-1-16 Much Alaska gas pipeline/LNG food for thought over the Independence Day weekend!

Yesterday we commented on the overall chaos enveloping Alaska  as it seeks fiscal stability. Fiscal stability is a critical risk for big investments -- like a multi-billion dollar energy project.  If fiscal stability does not exist, savvy energy investors must cease or postpone projects until risks become less threatening. Alaska Governor Bill Walker In such a caldron of multi dimensional issues, we see great political/emotional support for construction of an Alaska gas export project. However, the realities of world energy prices, high and unpredictable Alaska tax policy, a run-away spending history, and democrat leaders [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5-23-16 By Increments We Can Lose A Nation’s Liberty

Energy Is The Very Foundation Of North American Freedom Eco-socialist Strategists Know That The Means, Transportation and Distribution of Energy Production Can Come Under Their Control Via Government Expropriation And/Or Regulatory Power by Dave Harbour Today we ask our readers to recognize the dots that connect socialism and eco-activism to the undoing of free energy markets and freedom itself. We will demonstrate why this transformation is not merely the natural swing, back and forth, of a political pendulum. Our readers can surely agree that: Freedom can be eliminated by eliminating free enterprise. [...]

5-16-16 When Will Oil Prices Recover Enough To Re-establish Alaska & Alberta Prosperity?

"It's Tough To Make Predictions, Especially About The Future"  -  Yogi Berra Commentary By Dave Harbour Dan Yergin, NGP file photo. (See Yergin's WSJ comments below) By mid-year, 1967, Atlantic Richfield Company's (ARCO) Susie rig had completed its Alaska North Slope oil exploration mission, unsuccessfully.  Then, an old friend and colleague, Harry Jamison, ARCO's Alaska Manager, prevailed upon company Chairman, Robert O. Anderson, for one last well attempt.  "Robert O" as we called him, supported the recommendation to the Board, which approved that one more try.   Just after [...]

5-12-16 How The Federal Government Stole Alaska’s Statehood Birthright

Even if the federal government were to restore the natural resource birthright it has stolen from the 49th State, Alaskans would STILL remain challenged.  For when its citizens enjoyed what seemed to be unlimited oil wealth 3-4 decades ago, it taxed more and spent more and more -- until it had developed an unsustainable lifestyle.  So, we do hope that great leadership can free Alaska of the federal overreaching jurisdiction and violations of due process described below.  But then, equally great leadership -- with disciplined citizen support -- must establish sustainable government services [...]

Action Alert: Testify Today!

Dear Readers:  Please review our OCS hearing post yesterday...right here.  Below is an RDC alert dispatched today, on the same subject! Dave   TODAY'S OCS HEARING ALERT FROM RDC: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding public meetings in Anchorage (Tuesday, April 5) and Ninilchik(Wednesday, April 6) on the new five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing program for 2017-2022. The program evaluates 13 potential sales in six planning areas, including three potential sales off the coast of Alaska. We need to defend the Alaska lease sales and show Alaskans [...]

Big Alaska OCS Hearing Schedule Kicks Off Tomorrow In Anchorage

KTUU Television.  Oil production in Alaska increased ... during the last 12 months, the first year-over-year production increase the state has seen since 2002. See Alberta Job Losses, Bottom, Column Right From the Anchorage Office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) we received this note over the weekend from Michael Haller: Good Afternoon Dave: I haven't seen you in a while, but wanted to pass personal thanks for getting our info up on the NGP website for all to see and be aware of. These are important meetings [...]

Alaska OCS Threatened. Here’s How To Weigh In!

Our CONSUMER ENERGY ALLIANCE friends warn us that, "Alaska is under attack!" CEA Alaska President Anne Seneca reports that, "After convincing the Obama Administration to remove the Atlantic from the 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program (Proposed Program), anti-energy extremists are now trying to remove Alaska as well."  (Note that these are the nationally elected and appointed democrats whose socialist presidential candidates Alaska democrats now support.  -dh)  Seneca says that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding public meetings next week in Anchorage (Tuesday, April 5 from 3:00 pm [...]

12-21-15 Port for future Arctic OCS efforts?

Fairbanks News Miner.  Tucked away in this year’s Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, a $175 million bill that just passed the Senate by a unanimous vote, is a land transfer that could be consequential for Alaska’s future role in the Arctic. Conveying 2,500 acres of federal land to state control at Point Clarence on the Seward Peninsula, the provision could set the location for a long-sought deepwater port for the northern half of the state. It’s the latest in a slow-moving chain of events coming together into a framework for Alaska’s [...]

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11-20-15

TODAY, 12 P.M. ALASKA TIME, 2525 C Street, Anchorage.  Our friend, Mike Pawlowski, Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, will brief us on the latest energy legislation in Washington, D.C. Those outside of Anchorage, may teleconference: (907) 276-4900. Calgary Herald by Chris Varcoe and Darcy Henton.  More corporate layoffs, oil prices sinking below $40 and a grim drilling forecast for the battered energy industry sparked a new round of anxiety and finger-pointing at the legislature Wednesday. Two large Calgary-based companies, pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. and city-owned power utility Enmax Corp., confirmed they’re [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Arctic Policy, LNG, OCS|0 Comments