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11 August 2014 5:37am

Wall Street Journal by Cassandra Sweet and Jim Carlton.  In U.S. Energy Boom, Alaska Is Unlikely Loser.  former Dominant Oil Player Losing Out To Places Like North Dakota.

Note: The Resource Development Council for Alaska (RDC) urges our NGP readers in Anchorage to attend and testify at an EPA Public Hearing TOMORROW.  We and RDC believe that any project in Alaska should be vetted through existing permitting processes, and be properly evaluated through the National Environmental Policy Act.  Public testimony will be limited to two minutes per person, with tribal elders (i.e. Why not ALL ELDERS; is this discriminatory?) and elected officials invited to testify first.  Public comments are planned to be selected at random.  

Note that in the past we have seen federal tribunals like this allow 'tribal elders' and environmental activists to exceed the 2 minute limit by over 20 minutes while making sure other witnesses were held strictly to the limit.  -dh

Please see attached for RDC’s alert or view it online (http://www.akrdc.org/alerts/2014/epaproposeddeterminationalert.html).  Also attached is an alert from http://www.AKStopEPA.com.

Here is our Friday editorial on this subject: "Is The Federal Government Destroying America's Economy?"




07 August 2014 10:04pm

See Our Commentary On Federal Government Comment Periods Now Underway

Calgary Herald by Dan Healing.  Pengrowth Energy Corp. will deliver output from its Lindbergh thermal oilsands project starting next year on a pipeline operated by heavy oil rival Husky Energy Inc., it reported Thursday after markets closed.

Tim Bradner, Nikiski, Land Acquisition, LNG, Alaska, Dave Harbour PhotoHomer News by Tim Bradner (NGP Photo, Nikiski, Circa 2002).  The Alaska LNG Project LLC has purchased 120.4 acres from private landowners for a large liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski, has an additional 97 acres under contract for purchase and also is working with the Kenai Peninsula Borough on conveyance of 29.9 areas....

Is the Federal Government Destroying America's Economy?

What do federal comment periods have to do with this question?


Dave Harbour

We arrived at a difficult conclusion many months ago.

Any child could see that the rising level of federal government lies, hypocracyattacks on economic enterprises and willing participation in the Enviro-Industrial-Governmental Cabal could only reflect the most stupid and clueless leadership in the history of the world or, a carefully designed program to destroy the United States -- as we know and love it -- from within.  

It's not about energy, carbon emission, NPR-A, ANWR, Pebble Mine, health care, EPA/NSA/IRS overreach, etc., we concluded.  It's not about any of these issues.  Normal, free citizens need to understand: it's about the accumulation of power.  As the Administration's power increases, so do constituencies supporting the Administration: paycheck dependent bureaucrats and government program beneficiaries.  As free enterprise projects are blocked, delayed and diminished, the resources, political and voting power of wealth creators is diminished.

There is no big secret here.  The Administration and its spokesmen over time have been very clear about an agenda to, "fundamentally transform the United States of America."

...from Saul Alinsky's, "Rules for Radicals" comes this nihilist philosophy studied by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama:

 “The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms.

In other words, Alinsky’s radical is not going to worry about the legality or morality of his actions, only their practical effects. 

If they advance the cause they are justified. “He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work.”

Dostoevsky famously wrote that, “if God does not 
exist then everything is permitted.”  p. 38

Energy and other natural resource investors an employees need to read and understand what is going on:

Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model, By David Horowitz 
2009, and

The Shadow Party and the Shadow Government: George Soros And The Effort To Radically Change America, by By David Horowitz and John Perazzo
2011, and

Discovering the Networks

Since the President and the socialist and anarchist mentors (12, 3, 4, 5) upon whom he relies are not stupid, we are left with the sole conclusion that regulatory assaults like the ones noted here are intended.  

Citizens, at this point, have few options but to aggressively participate in the public comment period of these issues.  Little to no opposing comment of these proposed government actions gives future courts no choice but to say, "Well, the preponderance of comment supported the Administration proposal and we are not inclined to substitute our judgment for that of a regulatory agency which has abided by its notice requirements."  

Chances are, as in the case of the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, the Administration will go on and promulgate the rules it wished to enact, anyway.  

But it would be helpful to future litigation were this Administration to promulgate unpopular rules that had been opposed by a strong constituency throughout the various comment periods.  

Please read and Act On This US Chamber Warning that could be a death knell to economic recovery, a "climate change" issue earlier articulated by the President -- and this Resource Development Council For Alaska Warning that a precedent of preemptive project blocking could threaten all municipal, state and private projects on public and private lands!

Regarding the latter: preemptive action against project planning gives America the 'rule-of-law' status of a banana republic whose leaders would be empowered to make decisions without providing citizens with their constitutional rights of due process.  By this action, citizens would be denied the right to petition their government and receive a fair hearing leading to a just decision.

This situation is both treacherous and heartbreaking.  But the handwriting is on the wall and it is reality.   

While we're at it, faithful NGP readers should also be heard on the Feds' comment period regarding an upcoming five-year Outer Continental Shelf leasing plan.  Consumer Energy Alliance provides this helpful portal.  -dh

The most dangerous position a person or company can now take is to deny the highly coordinated assault which is upon us and, therefore, refuse to participate, prepare and defend.    


US Chamber Warning OF EPA Attack On American Economy!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a series of hearings last week on its controversial effort to impose sweeping new regulations on carbon emissions. This unprecedented wave of regulations on affordable energy will result in higher electricity bills, fewer jobs, and slower economic growth. 

If you weren’t one of the 1,600 people who attended one of the hearings held in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh, or Washington, D.C. last week, it’s critical that you still make your voice heard.


Think the EPA regulations won’t directly impact you? Think again. Here are a few things you need to know about the EPA’s massive regulatory overreach and attack on affordable energy:

  • By the EPA’s own estimates, the regulations will impose nationwide electricity cost increases by 6-7% and up to 12% in some locations.
  • Rising electricity costs will place America’s job creators at a disadvantage with foreign competitors,forcing more businesses and jobs to move overseas.
  • EPA projects annual compliance costs between $5.4 and $7.4 billion in 2020, rising up to $8.8 billion in 2030.
  • The regulations will decrease reliability in our energy supply and increase the potential for blackouts at times Americans rely on electricity the most.
  • The regulations will impose billions in costs on the U.S. economy and threaten thousands of jobs. And for what? Upon full implementation in 2030, global carbon emissions will only be reduced by a mere1.3% -- the equivalent of just 13.5 days of emissions from China.

Despite the magnitude, cost, and incredible complexity of the EPA’s proposal, the agency plans to finalize and implement the regulations on a rushed and arbitrary timeline after only four public hearings, limited review of the proposal, and a brief 120-day comment period. 

We can only stand up to the EPA’s job-killing regulations if we make our voices heard. 

It will only take a minute of your time. Will you add your name? 

Click here to weigh in with the EPA and demand additional public hearings, an extended comment period, comprehensive analysis by independent organizations, and additional time for states to review the proposal.

This is your chance to have a say in sweeping regulations that will impact entire communities, threaten our energy supply, increase electricity bills, and cost jobs and economic growth. 

We also encourage you to personalize the comments to tell the EPA how these regulations will directly impact you, your family, and your community. 

Thank you,

Rob Engstrom
SVP and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce



U.S. Chamber of Commerce 1615 H Street, NW Washington DC 20062-2000
To learn more about our network, visit Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


RDC Warning!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Proposed Determination of the U.S. EPA Region 10 Pursuant to Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act on the Pebble Deposit Area.  The document attempts to assess the effects of a potential mining project, without the project plans. 
The proposed determination is a flawed, conclusion-driven document, does not contain site-specific development and mitigation plans, and is based on a hypothetical project that is misleading and inaccurate.
RDC maintains that any project in Alaska should be vetted through existing permitting processes, and be properly evaluated through the National Environmental Policy Act.
Beyond projects in the Bristol Bay region, the EPA's actions set a dangerous precedent for any development project in Alaska, as well as across the nation.
Action requested:
RDC encourages its members to “save the date” for upcoming public hearings:  

August 12th 2:00 p.m. • Anchorage



8-7-14 NIMBY and "palpable tensions" among stakeholders

07 August 2014 4:46am

A Fairbanks columnist (i.e. below) admits a conflict of interest -- then opposes a pipeline gravel site possibly needed for a gas pipeline that could lower Fairbanks consumer energy costs.  

It is a classic example of NIMBY, "Not In My Back Yard".  We do not suggest it is improper for a columnist to pen commentary.  Neither do we proclaim NIMBY to be a 'bad' thing.  We do suggest NIMBY is a reality upon which pipeline 'stakeholder relations' professionals must concentrate.  

There is a palpable tension among various special interests: affected neighbors, consumers-at-large, pipeline engineers, local and state politicians and the ticking clock which calculates rising costs of delay just as surely as it tells the time.  -dh

Fairbanks News Miner by Kris Capps.  Two areas in the borough are being considered as possible material sites, or gravel pits, for an in-state gas pipeline, and the Denali Borough wants to know what residents think about it.  ...  In the interest of full disclosure, readers should know this is my neighborhood, and I own a home on Karma Ridge.  ... The thought of our one-lane neighborhood road becoming a major route for truckloads of materials causes me great concern.

Doc Hastings, Natural Resources Committee, EPA Overreach, Dave Harbour PhotoYesterday, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers voicing strong concerns over the Corps’ settlement this week with Columbia Riverkeeper, a group that for years has sued the federal government and favors removal of Northwest dams. The settlement, which involves payment of over $140,000 in taxpayer-funded attorneys’ fees to the plaintiff, would vastly expand the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over Army Corps’ dam operations nationwide. These dams, especially those in the Pacific Northwest, are the major source of clean, renewable electricity, irrigation, flood control, and navigation.

“Incredibly, I understand that no one other than U.S. Department of Justice or Army Corps lawyers were made aware of the terms of this sweeping settlement before it was finalized, and signed by a judge.  Like an increasing number of the Obama Administration’s ‘sue and settle’ agreements over the past few years, this settlement was negotiated behind closed-doors by the Justice Department with a litigious group without consultation or input from those most directly impacted,” wrote Chairman Hastings in the letter. Of great concern is the likely precedent that this decision could have relating to the EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Water Act, relating to the operation and maintenance of federal and non-federal dams, irrigation and maintenance of a vital navigational link on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. This comes amidst the EPA’s hugely controversial ‘Waters of the U.S.’ proposal, which could shut down a host of water development projects and make it easier for litigious groups to sue to block them. I would request an immediate and thorough explanation of the Army Corps’ rationale and details of its actions relative to this settlement, not just to Congress, but also to all affected state, local tribal and other stakeholders that have an interest in the Army Corps’ dam operations nationwide.”



06 August 2014 8:21am

News Miner by Jeff Richardson.  Jim Plaquet has crunched the numbers, and he presents a few pieces of scratch paper filled with tiny handwritten figures to prove it.  Contractors, welding shops, trucking companies and more — they’ve all seen an employment boost since the Legislature passed Senate Bill 21, its industry-friendly overhaul of the state’s oil tax structure. Last winter — the first production season since the new system was signed in 2013 — included a hiring spike that hasn’t been seen in years, he said.


05 August 2014 9:42am

Globe & Mail by Gwyn Morgan.  The proposed Northern Gateway project has become a flashpoint for the growing debate about the safety of oil pipelines. Yet despite the arguments put forward by its proponents and opponents, many Canadians lack a broader perspective from which to measure the risks and rewards of what would be a vital oil-export conduit.

ADN by Rich Mauer.  Which oil-tax system is best for Alaska?


Today's Consumer Energy Alliance Energy News Links:

WTAJ (CBS) - Johnstown-Altoona, PA: WTAJ News This Morning
WPXI-TV PittsburghNews 

KOA-Denver: News 
KDKA- PittsburghNews 

106.7 – AtlantaNews 
Roll Call: Skirting Keystone XL Pipeline
As the Keystone XL pipeline lingers in legal limbo, companies are finding new ways beyond rail to move tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refiners in the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. This weekend Canadian oil producer Suncor loaded a tanker in Montreal bound for a Louisiana refinery, thought to be the first seaborne shipment from Montreal to the gulf, Platts reported.
AL.com: State officials exaggerate Alabama's coal industry size with fuzzy numbers: opinion
Alabama Power's announcement that it would close three coal-fired power plants in response to federal regulations caused quite a stir last week. The company said the closure will employ 60 fewer people, even though they will not be laid off. The changes "could put upward price pressure on our customers" a senior production officer said.
Albuquerque Journal: Hard choices ahead on carbon in NM
A new analysis by Western Resource Advocates on the potential impact of proposed federal carbon regulations shows New Mexico is well positioned to meet the rules, but it may have some hard choices ahead to fully comply.
Journalstar.com: Nebraska among states challenging EPA's coal rules
A dozen states led by West Virginia and including Nebraska are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block a proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. An environmental lawyer called the states' attempt to stop the rule "laughable."

WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio:  Eight Maryland Lawmakers Urge Obama To Abandon Offshore Seismic Testing
The majority of Maryland's Congressional delegation is urging President Obama to reconsider a proposal regarding a technique to look for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, including off the state's shoreline. Who isn't behind the push is just as telling as who is.
Associated Press: Colorado Governor Strikes Key Deal Over Fracking
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis joined Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state Capitol to detail an agreement that calls for a task force to deal with concerns about energy development. In exchange, groups agreed to drop four initiatives that support or oppose hydraulic fracturing a technique that blasts a mix of water, sand or gravel, and chemicals into underground rock formations to release trapped oil and gas.
Reuters: Oil steady above $105 on geopolitical tension
Brent crude oil steadied above $105 a barrel on Tuesday as tensions in the Middle East and North Africa balanced ample supply in the Atlantic basin. "The market is stable because of a combination of two things. On the one hand you see geopolitical tensions ... but on the other hand you see maintenance from refineries and enough supply," said Hans van Cleef, senior energy economist at ABN Amro in Amsterdam.
Wall Street Journal: Demand for Sand Takes Off Thanks to Fracking
Sand prices are rising and companies are racing to build new mines in South Dakota and other locations as demand intensifies for the silica crystals that energy companies use to fracture shale deposits.

Wall Street Journal: America's Oil Export Policy Is Stuck in the '70s
Thanks to hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional shale-extraction technology, natural gas is the biggest energy story in the U.S. now. Since 2006, however, natural-gas production in the U.S. has soared. The U.S. now produces more than 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas a year, the most in the country's more than 100-year history of gas exploration and production.
Bloomberg: Shale Drilling Outpaces Research on Its Impact: Study
Scientific understanding of the effects of hydraulic fracturing and other methods of extracting natural gas from shale rock has not kept pace with the rapid expansion of the industry in North America, leaving researchers with a limited grasp of what drilling could be doing to wildlife and plants, said a study published July 31. The study in the peer-reviewed journal “Frontiers in Ecology” involved several U.S. and Canadian conservation biologists and organizations, and was led by British Columbia's Simon Fraser University.
Los Angeles Times: In Colorado, lines are drawn for an election battle over fracking
If proponents have collected enough valid signatures by Monday, the state's voters will decide on one initiative requiring all new oil and gas wells to be set back 2,000 feet from any home or school — a major expansion of the current buffer requirement of 500 feet — and a second that would give communities more control over drilling by adding an "environmental bill of rights" to the state's constitution.
Los Angeles Times: Santa Barbara County oil-drilling project elicits worries
It turns out that there was an exemption in a 1994 law that still allows drilling in a single portion of state-controlled, coastal waters. And a Santa Barbara lawmaker wants to immediately halt any possibility of drilling.
Denver Business Journal: Opposing Colorado oil and gas ballot campaigns moving ahead without a compromise yet
Despite a morning announcement that officials had reached a deal to pull down four potential ballot initiatives related to the oil and gas industry, Monday ended without the sides behind the measures backing down.
WFIW: Illinois lags far behind Indiana when it comes to issuing oil and gas drilling permits
Although Indiana has only a handful of counties that produce oil and gas; more than 300 permits were issued there last year. In sharp contrast, Illinois currently has a backlog of 672 drilling permit applications. Additionally, it has been more than 400 days since the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Act was signed into law.
Bismarck Tribune: S.D. sand mine proposal encouraging
North Dakota may have the oil, but South Dakota could have the hydraulic fracturing sand that makes the Bakken oil boom possible.
Times-Leader: Philly business leaders visit Susquehanna County for primer on gas opportunities
Philadelphia-area community leaders had to see firsthand whether Pennsylvania’s gas industry can help abate their floundering employment statistics.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gas interests silent at EPA carbon pollution hearings
Natural gas companies and their trade groups sat out the Environmental Protection Agency hearings in Pittsburgh, as they have generally abstained from commenting on policies that could harm coal but help natural gas. It was environmentalists and health advocates that brought gas into the picture at the hearings, warning the EPA that, in addition to targeting carbon dioxide, it should also mind methane, a potent greenhouse gas that’s the main component of natural gas production.
Breitbart: Texas Gas Town To Vote On Fracking Ban
Voters in Denton, Texas will go to the polls in November to vote on a proposed hydraulic fracturing ban. The vote follows Denton's City Council rejection of the proposal earlier this month.



04 August 2014 5:56am

ADN by Alex DeMarban.  On Thursday, as part of an effort to Sofia Wong, Exxon, Point Thomson, ADN, Alex DeMarban, Photo by Dave Harbourincrease transparency, Exxon flew journalists to see the largest development underway on the North Slope: the $4 billion Point Thomson gas field near the fiercely protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  ...   The Exxon official who has managed the project the last five years, Sofia Wong (NGP Photo), told reporters on the media tour why Exxon was investing so much in what she considers “the middle of nowhere.  “The answer is we have a world-class reservoir right under our feet.”
Petroleum News.  Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has named the members of the state’s Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board.  The board was established in Senate Bill 21 and will report to the Legislature in January 2015 on changes to state regulations and permitting which would encourage increased investment in the state while protecting the state’s people and environment; status of the state’s oil and gas labor pool; status of oil and gas infrastructure; and “competitiveness of the state’s fiscal oil and gas tax regime when compared to other regions of the world.”
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