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Northern Gas Pipelines is your public service 1-stop-shop for Alaska and Canadian Arctic energy commentary, news, history, projects and people. It is informal and rich with new information, updated daily. Here is the most timely and complete Arctic gas pipeline and northern energy archive available anywhere—used by media, academia, government and industry officials throughout the world. Northern Gas Pipelines may be the oldest Alaska blog; we invite readers to suggest others existing before 2001.


9-7-14 Prentice Is Premier-Designate!

07 September 2014 11:55am

National Post by Jen Gerson.  Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) has Jim Prentice, Premier - Designate, Alberta, Arctic Gas, carbon, Dave Harbour Photobeen declared premier-designate of Alberta.

After a three-month leadership campaign that ended with weeks of leaks, accusations, and attack ads, the former federal cabinet minister has won the province’s top seat with a record low turnout for a leadership race in a party that has held power in the province for 43 consecutive years.

Prentice won with 77% of the vote.

“I think the party is well-positioned for the future,” said interim premier Dave Hancock. “And the leadership going forward.... (More....)

9-6-14 Jim Prentice Rises....

06 September 2014 7:14pm

We first met Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) in Calgary while Jim Prentice, Premier, Alberta, Prime Minister, Arctic Gas, Photo by Dave Harbourchairing the Arctic Gas Symposium several years ago.  We visited together over lunch and then came the presentations.  After following his career for nearly a decade we believe that as Premier of Alberta, his service would continue to reflect well on the citizens and his own considerable abilities.  We further believe that he has the experience and judgment required for a future Prime Minister.  Following is today's CBC story by Michelle Bellefontaine & Caitlin Hanson.  -dh

CBC.  Jim Prentice has been named the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and premier designate.

Prentice received 17,963 votes, easily defeating Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk, who obtained 2,742 and 2,681 votes respectively.

“I’m standing here as an Albertan with a sense of pride and feeling of humility,” Prentice said shortly after the announcement was made.

Calling his appointment “a new beginning for Alberta,” Prentice said.... (More)



05 September 2014 7:02am

Northern Gateway pipeline unlikely to start up by 2018, project president says.  Calgary Herald.  The president of the Northern Gateway pipeline says it's ... would make use of underused natural gas pipe that's already in the ground.

Next week's edition of Petroleum News released today; here are the headlines (We encourage NGP readers to subscribe):


9-4-14 Mining and Oil & Gas Have Much In Common: Sustaining Canadian & American Lifestyles

04 September 2014 6:01am

Mining.com.  Here, "Visual Capitalist" helps us to grasp the enormous breadth, depth and wealth of Canada's Oil Sands, which makes a conduit (or, pipeline conduits) through the United States and other Canadian provinces even more valuable to those areas due to associated jobs and property tax benefits.  

Citizens of both states and provinces should not be fooled by environmental activist tomfoolery which seeks to isolate and lock up that wealth for both current and future generations.  Demonizing and then snapping a ball and chain around the legs of reasonable natural resource development can only cripple job creation, economic opportunity and associated North American lifestyles for this and future generations.  

We are grateful to reader, Steve Borell for bringing this lucid analysis to our attention.  

Yesterday we urged readers to consider attending and supporting both mining and oil and gas conferences where policy decisions often originate and achieve decision-maker consensus.  The oil sands project is a perfect example of how mining and Oil & Gas share symmetry.  

Other examples include Alaska's Pebble Project challenges, which, if lost, will eviscerate America's 'rule of law and Constitutional due process guarantees', and empower the EPA through precedent to PRE-EMPTIVELY BLOCK any agricultural, commercial fishing, petroleum, mining, forestry, hydroelectric, federal highway or state bridge or municipal right of way project -- BEFORE THAT PROJECT HAS EVEN FILED A PERMIT APPLICATION OR PRESENTED A DEVELOPMENT PLAN.  -dh

Mining.com.  There’s no shortage of discussion on Canada’s oil sands. Even Leonardo Dicaprio has recently toured them while subsequently providing commentary that ruffled the feathers of the province of Alberta.

As a whole, the oil sands are about as big as the state of Florida. The mineable portion makes up about 3% of that total, which is for bitumen deposits less than 75 metres below ground. For perspective, this is about 6x the size of New York City. Meanwhile, the rest (about 97%) must be recovered by “in situ” methods such as SAGD where heavy oil is pumped to the surface.

Surely something with this size and scope must have a big impact in other places – and it does. The oil sands produce more than 56% of Canada’s oil and contains over 98% of Canada’s proven reserves. Over the next 25 years, $783 billion in royalties and taxes will be paid to the government.  (More....)

Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Clips:

The Lufkin News: Keystone XL pipeline a boon for tax rolls The Keystone XL pipeline will funnel more than black tar sands through Angelina County now that it’s on the 2014 tax rolls.
Omaha.com: Ruling on Keystone XL could come down to 2 key points The nearly six-year odyssey of the Keystone XL pipeline could turn this week in 30 minutes. The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Friday morning on a constitutional challenge involving one of the most bitterly fought environmental battles in a generation. President Barack Obama is awaiting a ruling from Nebraska before moving closer to deciding the fate of the massive oil pipeline.
Bloomberg: Keystone Redux Haunts Trans Mountain as Fight Shifts to Climate
The next fight over oil pipeline development in Canada is starting to look like Keystone XL version 2.0. This time the target is a $4.9 billion project by Houston billionaire Richard Kinder’s energy empire.
The Canadian Press: Leonardo DiCaprio visits Alberta oilsands to research documentary
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest celebrity to visit Alberta's oilsands. Sources involved with the visit say DiCaprio is doing research for an environmental documentary.
Inside Climate News: Keystone Ads Mislead on Canada's Deep Cuts to Environmental Monitoring
Canada has cut nearly $3 billion in spending and up to 5,000 jobs from its science-based departments, according to a union representing federal scientists.
KETV- Omaha: Gov. Heineman voices opinion on Keystone XL pipeline's slow process
Later this week the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear arguments about the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The Globe and Mail: TransCanada’s Energy East faces hurdle as U.S. oil boom swamps market
As TransCanada Corp. prepares to file for regulatory approval for its $12-billion cross-country pipeline project, booming U.S. oil imports are creating a new challenge: a domestic market saturated with low-cost crude.
The Guardian: As Shell gears up to drill the Arctic, investors must ask serious questions
The oil company has filed plans for offshore drilling but past safety blunders and operational failings in the region make it a high cost, high risk venture.
Huffington Post: No New Oil Drilling in Our Oceans
Labor Day represents the end of summer-- and nothing says summer quite like a trip to the beach. At the beginning of summer, my family spent a few wonderful days exploring the beaches lining a small South Carolina coastal town. Enjoying the catch of the day at a local crab shack, we gazed at a sign across the road at a grocery store that pleaded "Don't ruin our ocean with sonic cannons." As we talked to long -time residents, we were struck by the deep concern they have that drilling for oil offshore would kill this community's tradition of great seafood, clean beaches, and sea turtle nesting.
The Beaufort Gazette: SC policymakers push for offshore drilling despite environmental, tourism concerns
When Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling scans the horizon of his city, he doesn't see a place for oil rigs. He fears the impact offshore drilling operations could have on South Carolina's coastal tourism.
Bloomberg BNA: McConnell to Intensify Push to Roll Back EPA Regulations if Republicans Flip Senate
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will make it a top priority to derail Environmental Protection Agency regulatory efforts through the appropriations process if Republicans retake the Senate this fall, the senator and several former congressional aides say.
The Energy Collective: EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?
August has been an eventful month here in Texas. And, no, I’m not referring to news about Governor Rick Perry, rather some of his appointees. The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Railroad Commissioners (RRC) Barry Smitherman and Christy Craddick, and State Representative Jason Isaac held a joint session to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean Power Plan (CPP).
Reuters: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban
Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.
The New York Times: Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water
The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said, “We’ve got more stacked up than we’ll do before the end of the year.”
Reuters:  Why the shale revolution is not about to end
Doubts about the sustainability of the North American oil and gas boom center on rapidly declining output from many shale wells after they are initially drilled. Shale skeptics point to the need to drill an ever-increasing number of new holes just to replace the declining output from existing wells, let alone expand production. At some point it will become impossible to keep up, they argue.
The Hill: White House reviews federal-land HF rules
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has started to review new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, the last step before the rules can be made final. The rules for the oil and gas drilling process, also known as fracking, were proposed last year after a mid-2012 proposal was pulled back.
Houston ChronicleWater resources a problem worldwide, report finds
The great conundrum of the drilling revolution unfolding in the United States and now being exported to other nations is that some of the countries with the biggest oil and gas resources also have the least amount of water to dedicate to extracting them. According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.
Saint Louis Post Dispatch: 'Fracking' one step closer to breaking ground in Illinois
Friday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources officially released proposed rules to govern the controversial oil-extraction process. It now will be considered by a state legislative committee, which will decide within 90 days whether to go forward with the proposed rules—which have already garnered some 30,000 comments from the public.
The State Journal: Hydraulic fracturing could improve geothermal energy
A recent issue of The Economist had an article titled “Geothermal Energy, Hot Rocks, Why Geothermal Is the New Fracking.” The month before, a New York Times article titled, “Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help from Oil and Gas Drilling.”
Philadelphia Inquirer: Marcellus Shale gas boom sparks land disputes
The Marcellus Shale natural gas discovery has triggered an associated boom in Pennsylvania land disputes, as formerly valueless mineral rights are now potentially worth millions.
State JournalWV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now.
“It is amazing to consider how rapidly production has risen in recent years: For instance, the 33 percent rise in production that occurred just between 2012 and 2013 is significantly higher than anyone would have expected a few years ago,” said John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University. “More generally, performance has been consistently outstripping expectations in recent years.
Longview News-Journal: Texas shale keeps gas prices affordable.
Whenever overseas turmoil has pushed energy prices higher in the past, John and Beth Hughes have curbed their driving by eating at home more and shopping locally. But the crises in Ukraine and Iraq did not stop the Hughes family from making the two-hour drive to San Antonio to visit the Alamo, have a chicken-fried steak lunch and buy fish for their tank before driving home to Corpus Christi.
Houston Chronicle: As more oil travels along rail, safety concerns come up.
Across the country, intense scrutiny has descended on rail transit of crude, a partnership that built the national energy system in the age of John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil. As traffic has surged, a series of accidents, including a spectacular derailment that killed dozens of people last summer in Canada, has led to outcry from fire marshals and assurances from rail industry officials.


9-3-14 Top Energy Summits Coming

03 September 2014 6:17am

While we draw special attention to the following, upcoming meetings, we also urge readers to explore links to resource development, chamber of commerce and other similar groups in the U.S. and Canada which are linked above, and in the right-hand column.  -dh

"A Plethora of Organizations?"

I've heard some say, "These organizations are duplicative!  I can't support them all!"

But this mindset ignores that free enterprise is under attack from a massive and well-organized ​Enviro-Industrial-Governmental Cabal.  

The foundations, political activists and Soros-supported 'not-for-profit' organizations do not suffer from stingy donors.  As we have proved here in numerous instances, they will spend vast sums to 'fundamentally change countries and societies'.

We do sympathize with those with very limited budgets.  To those, we say, "Please consider reordering priorities.  Give to organizations that support you."

Let's ask, "Do organizations we support, support us at the ballot box, at federal hearings, at state legislative committee meetings?"

By using "enlightened self interest" when making charitable contributions and supporting organizational memberships, we might find that the culture of freedom, the principle of 'due process' and the overall protections of a strong "rule of law" will become more and more dominant over the dangerous trend in the world's democracies toward, "rule of man".

And, if we fail, we would at least have fought the good fight!


10th Annual Alaska Oil & Gas Congress, 9-15/18-14, Cathy Giessel, Photo by Dave Harbour, Alaska Senate, Alaska Oil and Gas CongressAnchorage.  The Cogress is Co-Chaired by Hon. Cathy Giessel (Alaska State Senate) and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation CEO, Bill Popp (NGP Photos).  Bill Popp, Photo by Dave Harbour, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Oil and Gas CongressCongress sponsors say, "Proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Alaska Oil and Gas Congress promises to deliver valuable awareness into the progress and challenges around oil and gas development in Alaska."  We believe it is a premier, multi-day, annual energy event in northern, North America--sharing that distinction with the annual Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium in Calgary.  (Your author has chaired both events over the years.  -dh)

2014 Interstate Mining Compact Commission Mid-year Meeting, 10-15/17-14, Washington, DC.  We strongly urge oil & gas representatives to attend and support this meeting since issues affecting federal regulations on mining can and do apply to oil, gas and other natural resource permits.  Here's what sponsors say: "In addition to our regular agenda, as part of this year’s Mid-Year Meeting we are hosting a day of federal and state discussions on October 15. The program will consist of short panel introductions to the agenda topics followed by roundtable discussions. Officials from the U.S. Corps of Engineers (confirmed), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been invited to participate in separate sessions on that day." 

2014 Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Day, 10-18-14, Houston.  This festival puts an educational focus on "all of the above" energy technologies of interest to children and adults alike.  Hosted by CEA President David Holt (NGP Photo), a David Holt, Consumer Energy Alliance, Photo by Dave Harbourfrequent participant in energy events nationwide -- including Alaska -- sponsors say, "The festival hosts nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits teaching students and their families about the various forms of energy, science, technology, efficiency, conservation, and careers in the energy industry. The exciting exhibits and interactions with energy experts help spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Attendees include students, educators, families and business leaders who see a range of exhibits highlighting energy sources and opportunities in the industry. Additionally, more than 75 students are awarded each year for their achievements in STEM-related competitions. Guests are also treated to music and numerous interactive games and displays.

2014 Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 10-19/21-14. Hosted by Phil Bryant, Governor, Mississippi, Photo by Dave Harbourchairman, Governor Phil Bryant (NGP Photo) of Mississippi, sponsors say, "we will explore current issues and operations influencing the U.S. oil and natural gas industry.

"Participants will have the unique opportunity to interact with state regulators, government officials and industry professionals and learn about some prevailing environmentally-sound practices whilst focusing on the expansion of North American energy resources. 

"The 2014 IOGCC Annual Conference is bound to be both informational and enlightening to any individual wanting to learn more about the exploration and production of oil and natural gas."

126th Annual Meeting, 2014 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), 11-16-19, San Colette Honorable, NARUC, Photo by Dave HarbourFrancisco.  State and federal regulatory commissioners confer on many of the leading energy/environmental issues du jour, under leadership of Hon. Colette Honorable (NGP Photo) - NARUC President, Arkansas.  

Canadian Energy and Utility Regulators meet with NARUC commissioners and also convene their own annual meeting in the spring.  The next CAMPUT Annual Conference is scheduled for:  May 10 – 13, 2015, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, Alberta.



9-2-14 Remember When The Alaska Gas Project Would Be 'Largest Construction Project'?

02 September 2014 6:51am

Remember When Alaska Considered 'Gas To Liquids'?

By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A main component of Sasol’s final regulatory hurdle has been cleared.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday approved Sasol wetlands modification permit, allowing the company to disrupt -- and later replace -- wetlands during construction.

Mike Hayes, Sasol’s public affairs manager for U.S. megaprojects, told the American Press on Friday that the permit will also allow Sasol to move ahead with the project's financing.

"This means we can start planning to ask management for our Final Investment Decision," Hayes said. "On the ground, we will be able to begin pre-construction activities, such as site cleaning. We will also start preparing for the construction of the dock from which will we offload our modules." 

US KHATYN, Russia, Sept 1 (Reuters), by Vladimir Soldatkin - President Vladimir Putin on Monday oversaw the start of construction on a giant pipeline that is due to ship $400 billion worth of Russian gas to China in the three decades after flows begin in 2019.

The 4,000 km (2,500 mile) "Power of Siberia" pipeline, being built by state-controlled Gazprom, forms a key part of the Kremlin's energy strategy, symbolising Russia's attempts to wean itself off dependence on European markets that account for most of its exports.

"Just now, we along with our Chinese friends are starting the biggest construction project in the world," Putin told a Chinese delegation, headed by Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and a group of Gazprom workers in Russia's far east.

He said the first gas pipeline between Russia and China: "Will not only allow us to export gas, but to develop gas infrastructure.....  (More)

(Note:  We suspect there will be no permitting delays, no frivolous lawsuits, no enviro-extremist pickets and no regulatory gauntlets.  -dh)

AP, US News, by Johathan Fahey. Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.​

30 places available globally for the Downstream leaders of tomorrow

BP today started its 2015 Future Leaders Programme (FLP), a recruitment campaign which aims to fast-track early career recruits to be the business leaders of the future. The FLP is a highly selective global recruitment and development programme, run by BP for candidates around the world to work in its Refining & Marketing businesses and its Safety & Operational Risk and Information Technology & Services functions.

This year’s programme builds on the success of previous years’ campaigns and aims to attract 30 individuals of the highest calibre to benefit from a bespoke global development programme that lasts a minimum of three years. Participants will benefit from significant mentoring and access to senior BP executives, combined with a real business role and an overseas placement. As a minimum, applicants must have a postgraduate qualification, at least three years’ professional experience, a global outlook and the ambition and potential for senior leadership.

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