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!

Anchorage, Next Thursday:

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(Tom Barrett, Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour)


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)