8-6-18 Alaska LNG Project Hires A New External Affairs Executive

AK losing ANWR $

…The 49th state’s share of anticipated revenues from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is on the verge of being slashed by what could be close to $1 billion, and the state’s top elected officials seem strangely quiet.

last year’s GOP-led tax cut that included a 50-50 state split of future ANWR royalty revenues
U.S. House Committee on Appropriations approved a fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment Bill that cut Alaska’s share of  ANWR royalty revenue to 47 percent. The other 3 percent is to be given to Alaska Native corporations.
The disagreement among the corporations would now appear to have been solved by their taking a share of what was to be the state’s ANWR revenue.
(MAP: See the point? Dulles Airport area, within 1.5 million area, within 19.6 million acre area, restricted to winter when caribou and migratory birds are absent…. Unreasonable? No. Allowed by law with Congressional approval.)

Kick Off the Alliance Breakfast Season with Tom Barrett and Alyeska Pipeline!

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FERC speeds up LNG project reviews.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is speeding up its environmental reviews of proposed liquefied natural gas export terminals, a process that has come under political scrutiny. The agency on Aug. 31 issued updated review schedules for 12 LNG projects, including … (one in Alaska).

Yamal to have 10 ice-class LNG carriers by end of the year Three new liquefied natural gas tankers capable of plowing through Arctic ice have completed sea trials in recent weeks and are due to start serving the Yamal LNG terminal in northern Russia….

New PR Person For Pipe Plan Faces Integrity Test

Tim Fitzpatrick is the new vice president of external affairs and government relations for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC).

Grace Jang

Must Read Alaska Report (link below): “Fitzpatrick replaces Rose Alcantra, who was released this summer by the agency, which is operating under close guidance from the Office of the Governor, with Deputy Chief of Staff Grace Jang keeping tabs on the agency’s every move. The construction of a gasline is Gov. Bill Walker’s primary focus and one of his main campaign promises when he ran in 2014.

“Fitzpatrick is a communications strategist with (Courtesy, Must Read Alaska. Read more here from Suzanne Downing’s Must Read Alaska….)”

(Note: Your publisher served as AGDC’s first external affairs management advisor in 2011

After discovering the potential for inefficiencies, corruption, inability to respond to market realities, the falsehood of agency independence and resistance to free market principles, he resigned the position.  We don’t know if two other external affairs supervisors following him left for similar reasons.  We do know that Mr. Fitzpatrick, a highly accomplished and capable communication professional, will likely encounter professional conundrums. 

A spokesman/lobbyist for a government agency, spending public money, striving to compete in the private sector, faces all kinds of human resources and contractor challenges.  In that circumstance, one cannot help but encounter tensions that test one’s integrity and patience vs. the reality of an as yet infeasible public enterprise attempting to become a world class energy competitor while risking the wealth of the State of Alaska.   -dh)

Division of Oil and Gas soliciting bids for Northern Alaska lease sales

(Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Oil and Gas has announced dates and terms for its upcoming fall oil and gas lease sales. The bid opening for the lease sales will be 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, at the Dena’ina Center located at 600 W. 7th Ave. in Anchorage.

The division typically holds two oil and gas lease sale offerings per year, one in spring and one in fall. The fall lease sales include tracts within the Beaufort Sea, North Slope, and North Slope Foothills areawide boundaries. These leases include a primary term of 8 or 10 years and a fixed royalty rate of 12.5 % or 16.667%. The minimum bid is $10 or $25 per acre. Bids will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13.  To find out more about Division of Oil and Gas lease sales, go to http://dog.dnr.alaska.gov/Services/BIFAndLeaseSale.

CFACT student leaders support CLEAN COAL.  THEY …

…polled 1,026 total students at the Pueblo and Fort Collins campuses of Colorado State University (CSU) and found that the students support the use of clean coal by an impressive 35% margin.  The final tally showed 58% of students polled said they support the use of clean coal, 23% were opposed, and 19% were undecided.  (Comment: Having graduated from CSU, we commend the student majority that supported clean coal, consumer interests and energy efficiency.  –dh)


  1. Daniel K. Donkel September 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Division of Oil and Gas soliciting bids for Northern Alaska lease sales has increased oil and gas rentals to 1,000% and for the last several year the increase was over 8,000% clearing trying to keep Alaskans and small oil companies out so the a favored Major can run most all prodcution and keep others out of the Market share! The is wrong! Vote to fix it now.

    • wpnorthern September 6, 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your informed insight, Dan.

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Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC and Vice Chairman of NARUC's Gas Committee. He served as Gas Committee Chairman of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He also served as commissioner of the Anchorage Bicentennial Commission and the Anchorage Heritage Land Bank Commission.He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: English, at Colorado State University, a Master of Science Degree: Communications-Journalism at Murray State University and graduated from Utility Regulatory School for Commissioners at Michigan State University. He served as a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Alaska Pacific University, taught bank marketing classes at the University of Alaska and was an English teacher at Los Alamos High School.Harbour served in ranks of Private - Captain during a 4-year assignment with the Army in Korea, Idaho, Georgia and Fort Meade and received the Meritorious Service Medal among other commendations.Harbour is also a past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association Government Affairs Committee, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Alaska and the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a past President of the Alaska Press Club, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska.Harbour was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Institute (UAS), the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Business Partnership, and Arctic Power.He also served as CEO of several small Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Parking Authority and Action Security, Inc. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.Harbour's wife, Nancy, is a professional, performing arts administrator and his three boys, Todd, Benjamin and William work in the fields of environmental management, energy marketing and medicine.