Petroleum News/AP by Becky Bohrer: Gas Pipeline Coordinator Office to Close: The Larry Persily, OFC, Federal Coordinator, close office, Bill White, Photo by Dave Harbouroffice of the federal coordinator for Alaska gas pipeline projects is shutting down after not being included in the budget bill that Congress recently passed.  Federal coordinator Larry Persily (NGP Photo) said he plans to have the office shut down by the end of February.

Commentary.  As we slip into a pre-Christmas weekend, we decided to both wish you and yours well and provide some reading material to help in contemplating next year's challenges: a speech we gave in Anchorage two weeks ago.  Please send us your comments/reactions, here.      -dh

Colette Honorable, Commissioner, Arkansas, NARUC, FERC, Photo by Dave HarbourCommentary:  We have met some wonderful regulators in our career, those who with good cheer, appropriate seriousness, disciplined preparation, and who regulate with consistent fairness and adherence to due process.  One of these is our friend, Colette Honorable (NGP Photo).  Below is what another friend, David Cruthirds, said about her FERC appointment confirmation in today's Cruthirds Report.  -dh

Undocketed : FERC – GeneralNARUC and FERC congratulate Honorable on Senate confirmation – On Dec. 16, 2014, NARUC President and Florida Commissioner Lisa Edgar issued a news release congratulating Arkansas PSC Chairman Colette Honorable on her Senate confirmation to FERC.  Edgar said, “Throughout her tenure at NARUC, Chairman Honorable was a fair and impartial regulator.  She led our Association with grace and determination, sharpening our focus on the safety and diversity of our nation’s electricity system.  We know she will be a tremendous asset at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.”  FERC also issued a news release on Dec. 17, congratulating Honorable on the confirmation.

We urge our readers throughout North America to easily and briefly comment on this gas pipeline.  

Readers all over need to begin commenting on projects whether they are in our backyard or not.  

We cannot allow seminar-based extremist and grass-roots community organizers to dominate due process by giving only an opposing view of job and wealth producing energy projects.   In return for your action, we'll redouble our volunteer efforts here to keep you informed of such comment opportunities.  

Comment here.  -dh

Calgary Herald by Lauren Krugel.  

The CEO of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says he doesn't see the oil industry's appetite for new pipelines faltering even though crude prices have skidded to the lowest point in….  In an interview in his downtown Calgary office, Russ Girling said he's seen ups and downs far more drastic over his career and expects the oilpatch will come out of the latest downturn in reasonably good shape.

Jim Prentice, global warming, climate change, economic cost, Dave Harbour Photo


As Canada's Prime Minister Harper and Alberta Premier Prentice (NGP Photo) fight job killing environmental attacks on the economy, our EPA continues to load new costs and less energy supply onto the backs of America's energy/utility consumers.  -dh