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 [...]

6-14-17 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 [...]

6-9-17 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 [...]

6-1-17 Commentary: Yesterday Was A Historical Milepost In Alaska’s History!

Here's Why Yesterday Was A Historical Milepost For Alaska by Dave Harbour Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour. Anchorage press conference, 5-31-17. Yesterday,  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up a trip to study Arctic resources with a historical speech in Anchorage delivered at the 40th Anniversary conference of the Alaska Oil & Gas Association.  Zinke had been touring Norway, Greenland and Alaska with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Senators John Barrasso, John Cornyn, Steve [...]

5-24-17 Congress Takes On Misused Antiquities Act

“Consider how far the Antiquities Act has strayed from its original intent: The act states that monument designations should be limited to “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” In recent years, however, it has been used as a large-scale conservation policy, dictated by presidential decree. Many recent monuments have comprised more than one million acres each. “[A]n act that grants presidents such authority without Congress’ approval or local input should be viewed for what it truly is: an antiquated law.” [...]

5-15-17 WORLD FISCAL SYSTEMS FOR OIL AND GAS

  FREE DOC: ENTIRELY NEW UPSTREAM FISCAL MODEL – FLEXIBLE GROSS SPLIT SHARING     London, July 3-6, 2017 - World Fiscal Systems For Oil & Gas                   Our friend, Pedro van Meurs writes today: Pedro van Meurs. Northern Gas Pipelines files by Dave Harbour Please find attached my report on an entirely new fiscal upstream model which is now being introduced and considered: Flexible Gross Split Sharing. Please click here for this free document.  This is one of [...]

5-12-17 Pebble Finally Earns Freedom To Exercise Its Constitutional Guarantee of Due Process

Bishop Statement on EPA’s Pebble Mine Announcement RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement to allow the Pebble Mine project in southwest Alaska to proceed to regular permitting under the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed mineral development project was preemptively denied by the Obama administration outside of the traditional NEPA process. John Shively. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour (We note that this was one of many instances wherein [...]

5-3-17 BP Teacher Of The Year – Arctic Exploration, A Positive Development

Alaska could benefit from executive order seeking to open Beaufort, Chukchi seas President Donald Trump gave Alaska some good news late last week when he signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke…   Here, we provided readers with a list of upcoming meetings. To that one, we'll add this very important networking opportunity! Get out those golf clubs and start practicing for the June 9th Alliance Anchorage Golf Tournament.  Register now and save! Check out the sponsorship opportunities available at every level! Click here for registration [...]

5-2-17 Citizens React To Alaska Oil & Gas Tax & LNG Issues

Marleanna Hall, Executive Director, Resource Development Council for Alaska. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour Late yesterday we heard from two longtime readers.   Carl Portman sent us Marleanna Hall's testimony and his own, on pending oil tax legislation; and, former Attorney General John Havelock sent us a response to our Sunday commentary on government ownership of energy projects.   We respect and appreciate the critical thinking of our readers!   We appreciate our readers who send important industry data for us to safeguard in our [...]