5-17-18 Support National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska Energy TODAY!

National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Deadline TODAY! Our friends with Resource Development Council for Alaska remind us of today's deadline for commenting on another outstanding petroleum reserve project. (Read Full Alert.  See RDC's submitted comment letter here) We join RDC in commenting and urging our readers to do the same: The comment deadline for the Greater Mooses Tooth 2 (GMT2) project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is today. ConocoPhillips Alaska submitted an application to move forward with the project in August 2015. The comment period pertains to a Draft Supplemental Environmental [...]

5-15-18 Asian LNG Projects Involve Saving/Losing Face

Troublesome Alaska Gas Pipeline/LNG Issues Involve the Saving/Losing of "Face" Opinion by Dave Harbour Understanding Asian culture and customs is critical for creating durable Asian business relationships Alaska has historically enjoyed business relationships with various Asian countries, including China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan.  These relationships have traditionally evolved among private buyers and sellers of Alaska's natural resources, including minerals, liquefied natural gas (LNG), timber and seafood products.  In some of these cases, government officials have used their 'bully pulpits" usefully: to diplomatically support these transactions, but [...]

5-7-18 New Energy Jobs And More Energy!

Stivers Announces: "American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act" WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) announced plans to introduce the American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act - a bill to expand U.S. offshore energy production in order to create millions of American jobs and generate new revenue to help pay for initiatives to repair and improve infrastructure. The measure will be part of the energy and infrastructure jobs bill announced by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) last week.  The bill, expected to move through the House in the coming weeks, will link [...]

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4-11-18

Canada's Pipeline Obstacles Ref: Our 4-7-18 Post Braid: Coming soon, the NDP bill to choke off fuel to BC.  Calgary Herald.  Called the Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act, it will enable cuts ofAlberta fuel shipments to B.C.'s Lower Mainland. This will likely apply to oil, natural gas and refined products, including gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. And the restrictions probably won't just apply to pipeline shipments. Insuring a pipeline: Kinder Morgan faces risks that only government can address.  CBC.ca.  The resulting Pipeline Debate was one of the most intense political events in Canadian history. The Conservatives under John Diefenbaker were strongly opposed, [...]

4-7-18 Canadian Liberals To The Rescue? Amazing Chutzpah!

Canadian liberals and their pro-anarchy, anti-pipeline, enviro-activist allies caused the death or delay of multiple pipeline modes capable of marketing Canadian oil & gas.  Now, with the economy crashing, liberals are positioning themselves as energy transportation saviors.  What Chutzpah!  -dh Justin Trudeau defends his support for oilsands and pipelines during Fort McMurray visit.  CBC.ca.  "For 10 years Stephen Harper talked the oilsands up and weren't able to get [pipelines] done." Trudeau said he looked forward to sitting down with industry leaders later Friday to hear more about how the Liberal government can improve oil and gas regulations. [...]

3-29-18 We are traveling but here are today’s links

Larry Persily, Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Today's links, courtesy, Larry Persily, former Alaska Gasline Federal Coordinator: Oil and gas news briefs for March 29, 2018 PetroChina says shorter deals will replace long-term contracts (Note: Here's what we Tweeted on this subject. NorthernGasPipelines‏ @daveharbour Mar 25.  NorthernGasPipelines Retweeted Natural Gas World "Even if socialist Alaska’s LNG scheme had a viable market and finance plan, a trend toward more short term contracts would be the stake in its heart."   ...   (OilPrice.com; March 28) - State-owned oil and gas giant PetroChina is [...]

By | 2018-03-29T06:15:56+00:00 March 29th, 2018|AGDC, China, Commentary, Interstate Gas, Japan, Korea, LNG|0 Comments

3-20-18 LAST CHANCE BEFORE VOTING: A Logical Review Of Anchorage’s Utility Ballot Initiative, and An Alaska LNG Scheme Update

Our Analysis Of Proposition 10 From Last Week Proposition 10 allows the MOA to sell its Municipal Light & Electric (ML&P) utility to Chugach Electric Coop (CEA). Ray Kreig on Mike Porcaro's 3-23-18 KENI Radio Show re: author's view of ML&P sale. https://clyp.it/fhbf5swd We support an HONEST and TRANSPARENT sale of ML&P but we oppose the corrupted process leading to Proposition 10.  We will vote “No” until the MOA employs a transparent, valid, robust, national competitive bidding process (i.e. RFP or RFB) and until a super majority [...]

3-7-18 Alaska has a deficit budget and fiscal crisis but pours money into socialized, uneconomic energy projects!

Government subsidized Fairbanks natural gas scheme plods on... ...with insufficient customer base, insufficient long term gas supply, high cost barriers to fuel oil/gas conversion. This is one of two large,  socialized, Alaska energy projects that politicians continue to subsidize in the midst of a fiscal crisis highlighted by deficit budgets.  Neither the AGDC nor the IEP natural gas projects would now be burning cash if they were controlled by prudent, free market investors.  See references, below.  -dh LNG tank construction a sign of progress for Interior gas project (IEP),  Alaskajournal.com,   Backhoes are back [...]

3-6-18 Stop the LNG madness!

Alaska's Imprudent LNG Folly Threatens Its Future The Alaska Legislature should stop the madness and funding during this legislative session by Dave Harbour Yesterday, we again made reference to the folly of doing risky, long term business deals with communist China, with whom the United States is still at a state of war on the Korean Peninsula, along with North Korea. Sure, China buys a lot of fish from private, Alaska commercial fishing businesses.  That is far different than an Alaska governor, expropriating the multi-multi-billion dollar Alaska North Slope [...]

3-5-18 Alaska North Slope Gas: Irrelevant and Ignored

Alaska Senate committee takes up Walker’s bill to retire oil tax credits.  The Senate Resources Committee took up Senate Bill 176, which would have the state sell bonds to pay off the credits, for the first time Feb. 21. Alaska delegation says drilling in ANWR is at least a decade away.  It took roughly four decades for Alaska's congressional delegation to pass a law that would allow drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)…FERC grants Mat-Su Borough’s request on Port Mac.  The Alaska LNG Project appears to have just [...]

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3-3-18 Modern Tale of Two Cities (State/Province)

AGDC provides permit timelines, answers other questions from Senate.  Petroleum News  The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has provided answers to questions from Sens. Cathy Giessel and Anna MacKinnon, both Anchorage Republicans, poised following a January update to the Senate Finance and Resources committees. Giessel chairs Senate Resources; MacKinnon co-chairs ... Yedlin: Oilpatch results reflect improving environment.  Calgary Herald Natural gas producers were at the opposite end of that story, however, with constrained pipeline access and a surfeit of supply keeping prices down. Even the severe winter weather wasn't enough to lift natural gas prices, which speaks to the fact the [...]

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2-17-18 Alaska LNG Planners Are Busy, Busy, Busy, but….

Alaska gas project bureaucrats are busy, busy, busy. But since the economics are not yet supportive of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) scheme, to what end is the government controlled organization busy?  -dh P.S.  If the economic stars are not aligned for AGDC, why would the Chinese be interested?  Even if the Chinese are interested, what convinces AGDC that China as a long term contract partner, in a multi-tens of billions of dollars project, would be reliable?  Does Alaska's governor plan to use the state's savings account to [...]

2-15-18 BC-Alberta Pipeline Tensions Rise – Let’s Not Forget Alaska Either!

Danger Stranger by Dave Harbour Why are government officials in Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia so engaged in efforts to control utility/pipeline projects?  A.  Because that's where the money is (Ref: W.H.).  Ratepayers, Taxpayers, Citizens beware the elected elite and bureaucracy! DANGER-STRANGER We urge critical thinking Alaskans to be especially alert to utility/pipeline games.  With declining economy, unions and government workers, some utilities and compliant politicians (i.e. and croney capitalist businesses dependent on the foregoing) will naturally want to keep their constituencies WHOLE at the expense of [...]

1-23-18 Just remember….

Just remember... Private companies when filing with FERC and other agencies -- for energy projects or just for portions of a project regulated by a particular agency -- really have to have their acts together. Among that preparation is a reasonable degree of knowledge and proof -- acceptable to the board of directors as well as convincing to the agency -- that the project is real.  The application must be solid: environmental research/safeguards (i.e. air, water, earth and flora and fauna, including birds, mammals, fish), geological, cultural, archaeological, logistic, [...]

1-22-18 Alaska’s Pipe Policy Pursues Perfidy

Saturday We Said, "Canada's Pipe Policy Pursues Perplexity" (Today, it's Alaska's Turn) We say Alaska pursues perfidy because it does.  Everyone in the state with at least one good eye on this government-owned bureaucrat-controlled enterprise (i.e. the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC) knows it is is not what it claims to be. Heaven knows what Governor Walker told President Trump about his pipedream last year when his role as governor gained him entrance to America's seat of power to talk about a $1 trillion US "Infrastructure" investment project.  [...]