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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,p 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 and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. He is a past President of the American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska.He was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Foundation, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Association, 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 and past President of the Alaska Press Club. His 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.
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6-23-17 Alaska’s Legislature Appears To Have Avoided A July 1 Government Shut-down

Today, Governor Bill Walker today issued a second supplemental proclamation of the 30th Legislature’s second special session. Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour “I thank legislators for reaching a compromise on the operating budget to ensure government services continue after July 1,” Governor Walker said. “In doing so, they also appropriated a $1,100 permanent fund dividend (PFD) for each eligible Alaskan. Earlier today, legislators indicated in conference committee their intent to correct the state’s unsustainable oil and gas tax credit system. That’s [...]

By | 2017-06-23T14:43:02+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Alaska Taxes, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis|0 Comments

6-22-17 “Here’s A Cigar;” or, “Close But No Cigar”

Our Take On Alaska's Current Budget Crisis, A Component Of the 49th State's Omnibus Fiscal Crisis by Dave Harbour The citizens of Alaska are sitting at the edge of their chairs, watching for the outcome of a budget battle building in their isolated capital of Juneau.  It could be decided as we write this and cigar boxes could open; or, July 1 could come and go, complete with untold tales of woe, and decision makers will undoubtedly console themselves that they did their best.  But we know that activity [...]

6-21-17 Alaska Celebrates 40 Years Of Prudhoe Bay Production – While Irresponsible House Majority Instigates Government Shut-Down

Of related interest: Down & out in AK, Commentary by Craig Medred.    Yet more trouble appears on the horizon for the already troubled business of journalism in Alaska. More on our earlier report covering BP's 2017 statistical review from our Mid-Atlantic energy analyst friend...demonstrating the 'reach' of this annual review  -dh:  "The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017 is now available. We made a quick link to it last night, but here it is again: http://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/en/corporate/pdf/energy-economics/statistical-review-2017/bp-statistical-review-of-world-energy-2017-full-report.pdf  It is worth downloading, and the information is available on the website in [...]

By | 2017-06-21T11:11:14+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Alaska Taxes, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Commentary|0 Comments

6-20-17 Prudhoe Bay’s 40th Anniversary Today!

Dave Haugen. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour The beginning of Prudhoe bay development By Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media Conventional oil is what’s traditionally flowed through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.  40 years ago, the first barrel of oil started flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline. Completing the pipeline was an epic, three-year saga that required tens of thousands of workers, great feats of engineering and perilous work on mountain passes. On the next Talk of Alaska, TODAY, we’ll explore that pipeline history as part of the [...]

6-19-17 BP’s Global Energy Review – Alaska Meetings

2017 BP Energy Report - Briefing & Reception - 6-26-17 - Anchorage | World Trade Center Members (BECOME A MEMBER) Mark Finley. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour BP's Market Expert Returns to Alaska This Month For Much Anticipated Global Energy Review BP's General Manager of Global Energy Markets, Mark Finley, will be briefing Alaskans again this month on the company's outlook for energy markets.  We've attended his appearances over the years and encourage readers to hear Mark's review at one of his appearances. [...]

6-18-17 Alaska LNG Project “Open Season”?

State open season for AK LNG Project.  It’s open season for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. That’s not to be confused with open... Read More Alaska LNG Project Open Season Observations by Dave Harbour  After reviewing the story above, our critical thinking readers will no doubt be wondering if the term "open season" applies to a normal pipeline expansion or new pipeline process conducted by sponsors with shareholder skin in the game vs. the most expensive pipeline/LNG project in history, owned by a fiscally irresponsible state government, administered by temporary bureaucrats, approved/curtailed [...]

6-16-17

  Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska Oil and gas news briefs for June 15, 2017, Courtesy of Larry Persily, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Ak No boost yet from new pipeline for North Dakota oil price (EnergyWire; June 14) - The Dakota Access pipeline hasn't boosted the price for oil in its namesake state, at least during its first 12 days of operation, North Dakota's top oil regulator said. The controversial pipeline, which is big enough to carry more than half the oil produced in the Bakken Shale formation, is [...]

By | 2017-06-16T05:22:16+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Alaskanomics, Arctic Policy, LNG|0 Comments

6-14-17 One of our readers articulates the unappreciated dangers America faces

Your publisher has always had a deep appreciation for Marc Bond, his dedication to Alaska and his professional abilities.  We, along with Easy Gilbreth, as I remember, were the three co-signers of the Articles of Incorporation of the ANWR non-profit corporation, Arctic Power.  If memory serves, our former Lieutenant Governor and current RCA Commissioner, Steve McAlpine, served as the first, or one of the first, Arctic Power presidents.   So, it is always a pleasure to hear from, read about or review the writing of such valued, old friends. [...]

6-12-17 Does The White House Really Think Alaska LNG Is Currently Competitive In The Lower Cost/Low Price World Of LNG Competition?

...LNG news links from our friend, Larry Persily, former Federal Coordinator, Alaska Gas Pipeline Project: Commentary: A proposed Alaska LNG export terminal would be located at the end of an 800 mile Arctic gas pipeline. This scheme to monetize huge volumes of Alaska North Slope "stranded" gas (i.e. 35 Tcf) is a well intended pipe dream that could come true someday.   But TODAY it competes with worldwide tidewater projects in a low gas price environment.  Competing projects from Qatar to Russia, Australia, Indonesia, Canada and the Gulf [...]

6-10-17 Calgary’s Oil Patch Is Hurting

Woe is Calgary: Unemployment rate remains the worst in Canada, Calgary Herald Calgary Herald Homepage ... Calgary saw no improvement though — the city's unemployment rate remained at 9.3 per cent. ... Saskatoon, another oil and gas hub, has the third worst unemployment rate in the country. ... On Friday she tied the need to build pipelines to improving Alberta's job numbers.... (We wonder if Calgary's increased unemployment, decreased commercial space occupancy and overall economic malaise has anything to do with a liberal provincial government that seems more attracted to climate [...]

By | 2017-06-10T07:01:11+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Canadian Energy Policy, Commentary|0 Comments

6-9-17 Canadians Weigh In On ANWR. Some In Both Countries Need To Be Educated! Today We Offer — In A Tight Package — A Very Thorough ANWR Reference. With The Reference, We Invite YOUR Comments Below Which May Strengthen The Veracity And Factualness Of This Latest Addition To Our Northern Energy Archives

Matt Cronin. NGP file photo by Dave Harbour Interior Secretary Gail Norton and NGP Publisher Dave Harbour, 6-20-01. In view of how holdover government employees (i.e. of the 'deep state'), particularly those of the democrat or socialist persuasion, seek to undermine the work of a new administration, we provide this example from 2001.  It is an Anchorage Times Op-Ed penned by one of Alaska's most distinguished environmental scientists, Dr. Matthew Cronin. Thursday, November 15, 2001, Voice of the Times, Did federal agency set up Norton?  By [...]

6-8-17 LNG Costs Lower for Consumers: Alaska and BC LNG Economics Declining?

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2017 Permalink       Murkowski Applauds New Secretarial Order on Sage Grouse U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed her support for the secretarial order signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve sage grouse conservation and strengthen consultation between the federal government and western states. Secretarial Order 3353 establishes an internal review team to evaluate and make recommendations on the land use plans finalized in 2015 that address conservation of the sage grouse and its [...]

By | 2017-06-08T14:34:20+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Federal Progress|0 Comments

6-4-17 How to destroy/save our freedom, free enterprise, and our energy industries

Different Subjects, Same Tactics The left's tactics have some things in common, most notably that their absence of traditional values leads to conviction that, "The End Justifies The Means". So, we urge our readers to abandon the naive reaction in response to enviro-activism, anti-oil and gas, anti-development, anti-job creation, anti-government growth, anti-government waste, anti-border protection, anti-Trump, anti-capitalism, anti-Christian leftist action that, "Gee, I wonder why they would do that!" Instead, our critically thinking readers should be observing, "Today they are attacking 'xyz' as the newest way to kill capitalism, [...]

6-3-17 President Trump: Don’t let the crony capitalists stop you from draining THEIR SWAMP!

DRAIN THE SWAMP Reaping the Rewards of Our Actions by Dave Harbour Of course the likes of Elon Musk will try to stop President Trump from draining his swamp...and opposes Trump's Paris Climate Change withdrawal. We have long thought Musk to be a business genius but we will not mourn his withdrawal as one of the President's technology advisors.  For while launching his career into greatness with a series of inventions and successful business ventures, some of his current investment depends on taxpayer and ratepayer support. Thus, his current enterprises [...]

6-2-17 Yesterday: a good decision for America

Wednesday Interior Secretary Zinke created a historic milepost for Alaska Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. File photo by Dave Harbour, Northern Gas Pipelines ; yesterday, we saw the president place an equally historical achievement on the world stage Commentary by Dave Harbour Wednesday's action by new Interior Secretary Zinke to unwind harmful Alaska energy policies and signal that "Alaska is open for business" took careful study and courage. Likewise, President Donald Trump's Rose Garden presentation on the Paris Climate Change Accord could only have been delivered by one who both understood [...]