3-15-18 We Comment On Anchorage, Alaska Ballot Measures

Our Honest Opinion: Anchorage, Alaska Ballot Measures Comment: These voter issues appear on the Municipality Of Anchorage (MOA) April 3 election ballots being distributed this week by mail.  Since some of the measures affect energy companies and those affected by them, we have taken time this week to prepare comments.  Note that this is an opinion page.  While we have HONESTLY dedicated ourselves to being as factual as possible, based on the public information we have reviewed, we do -- as always -- encourage reader involvement.  You can comment [...]

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-04T02:09:31+00:00 March 3rd, 2018|AGDC, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Alaskanomics, Canadian Energy Policy, Control Government Spending, Global Warming|Comments Off on 3-3-18 Modern Tale of Two Cities (State/Province)

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.  [...]

1-19-18 Alaska and Alberta: Resist Socialism!

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's socialist (i.e. communist) dictator. Comment: We continually urge Alaska and Alberta to control spending and taxation.  The two oil supported governments should resist the move toward socialism which unsuccessfully manages economies, kills economic growth, produces run-away unemployment and inflation and results in dictatorship and loss of freedom.  Following is an example of an oil-fired economy ruined by socialist dictatorship.  -dh Looting of food stores spreads in Venezuela as inflation tops 2600%.  Things are going from bad to worse in Venezuela as growing food shortages are [...]

1-9-18 PANMUNJOM SUMMIT ON KOREAN DMZ IS IN TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT! – Calling For Gas Pipeline Contractors/Operators, Ukraine! Be A Pioneer!

To our pipeline contractor/TSO friends: Kiev, Ukraine Your author serves on the board of the Export Council for Alaska.  Today we learn that the Ukrainian Government is looking for potential Gas Transportation System Operator partners. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine invites potential Gas Transportation System Operators (TSO) to the preliminary consultations and discussion on possible conditions for the upcoming tender to attract potential TSO partner(s) to operate in newly created PJSC Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine.  Here is the formal announcement.  Contact the following Commercial Specialist for additional assistance: Myroslava Myrtsalo, Commercial [...]

1-4-18 Big Energy News For Alaska And The Whole Country!

Remembering our birth as a state: Alaska entered the Union 59 years ago, starting a new life.  News-Miner opinion: It was 59 years ago this week that the U.S. flag took in a 49th state — ours. Caribou on oil industry gravel pad. Five feet above the mosquito infested tundra decreases mosquito caused mortality among spring-born calves. -dh Porcupine caribou herd numbers highest in monitoring history The Porcupine caribou herd, whose range includes the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has grown to the highest number seen since monitoring started back [...]

12-29-17 Another Pipedream Hits The Dust

Editorial Comment: Your author served as director of public affairs for the Arctic Gas Project in the 1970s, a  component of which was a Mackenzie Delta gas transportation project. Canada's National Energy Board killed that project and your author then served as advisor to the Foothills (i.e. Alaska highway route) pipeline project which separated itself from the Mackenzie project.  That project proved to be infeasible in the 1980s as did a Dempster Highway alternative for Mackenzie Delta gas (i.e. Maple Leaf project). During the 80s your author served as government relations [...]

12-28-17 Alaska’s Governor Supports Climate Change Movement!

Global Warming Opinion From Our Mid-Atlantic Energy Analyst: Given the odd pattern of the holiday weeks, we forgot until today about Euan Mearns’ Blowout Week, which we generally link.  http://euanmearns.com/blowout-week-208/#more-20518 Given the weather for the northeast quadrant of the U.S.  this week (the high here today was 12 degrees, and snowing hard in Geauga County), our two favorites deal with ongoing predictions of global warming. On the one hand, GLOBAL WARMING (GW) is causing ongoing record snowfalls:  Reuters: Climate change driving record snows in Alaskan mountains The study by researchers from Dartmouth College, the [...]

12-21-17 Yesterday Was A Historical and Memorable Day For Alaska … And The Nation!

Trump's EPA Could Open Door For Alaska Gold And Copper Mine.  A proposed gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska is one step closer to becoming a reality this week: On Monday the company behind Pebble Mine announced a new investor. Second big Pebble announcement: Permit application on Friday.  Just days after Northern Dynasty Minerals of Canada announced it had brought on a major partner, the company today says it has final paperwork ready to file for a major permit… Alaska And The Nation Will Now Have ANWR Support For America's New [...]

12-20-17 A Union Hope For An Alaska Gas Export Project

Stay the course: Alaska LNG project on horizon By Scott Eickholt Citizen Op-Ed, Originally Published: Fairbanks News Miner Scott Eickholt, Linkedin Profile The stars are aligned — from the White House, to Alaska’s congressional delegation, to Gov. Bill Walker and the skilled workers of Alaska — all parties are committed to building a project to bring Alaska’s natural gas to market. I see this project not as a burden or drain on the Alaska economy but a way out of the hole. We need new revenue and we [...]