This Northern Energy and Gas Pipelines website has always been a public service effort. In 2019, Harbour suspended all payments for public service sponsorships but is continuing those ads out of appreciation for years of faithful sponsorship and support. Harbour will continue to make updates as possible and will maintain the site as a family project to assure the valuable archives continue to be available to the thousands of energy researchers in industry, education government and the media.
Its Founder, Dave Harbour, has desired to see the Arctic Gas project he supported in the 1970s as a young professional finally come to completion in some modern, economically feasible form. In his websites (www.northerngaspipelines.com & www.arcticgaspipeline.com), he has not advocated for any particular gas pipeline route but has tried to effectively report and comment on them all while highlighting both benefits and infeasibility of projects. We note that he became vigorously critical of Alaska’s increasingly socialistic government (i.e. until 2019) acting to control gas transportation and distribution projects via equity ownership and gubernatorial fiat. He has especially supported ‘due process’ and free market concepts for resolving the many issues and energy transportation alternatives.
The Arctic Gas reference materials and observations he has provided were for historical, research and perhaps entertainment purposes, not promotional, though he always maintained that the Arctic route and mode — until advent of the ubiquitous and cheap gas shale phenomenon — carried with it the maximum economic benefits for the countries, the companies, states and provinces, the taxpayers and the consumers. His readers have appreciated the archive he provided.
Mr. Harbour has argued that North America needs secure Arctic energy from this continent, and that Alaskan and Canadian investors are anxious to provide it. He has warned U.S. and Canadian citizens to be wary of outside investor interest. Harbour especially challenges the motives of hegemonic regimes such as China and Russia. He has said the prosperity of whole new generations could depend on North America’s domestic energy success and that, “Success will depend on stakeholders’ effectiveness in building and maintaining sufficient relationships, cooperation, diplomacy, communication channels and appropriate compromise.”
In recent years, he has become especially hopeful for the future of a new transportation scheme that involves FLNG and movement of treated LNG from the Alaska North Slope directly to Asian markets via the Bering Strait.
He also believed that democracies should not allow the economic rights of the many to be held hostage by the few members of strident, vocal, extremist, special interest groups. “Due process,” he said, “does not mean ‘do not proceed’.”