6-17-19 ConocoPhillips Acquires Caelus’ North Slope Nuna Discovery Acreage

ConocoPhillips Signs Agreement with Caelus Natural Resources to Acquire Nuna Discovery Acreage ConocoPhillips Alaska (COPA) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Caelus Natural Resources Alaska, LLC to acquire 100 percent of the Nuna discovery, located just east of the Colville River and approximately five miles southwest of the Oooguruk Field. The Nuna prospect was announced as a discovery in 2012. The purchase includes 11 tracts covering 21,000 acres. Over the next several years, COPA will appraise Nuna with a goal toward making a final investment [...]

6-4-19 Alaska Gas Project Update

State answers FERC questions about Cook Inlet pipeline crossing  By Larry Persily paper@alaskan.com June 4, 2019 Larry Persily, former Alaska gas pipeline federal coordinator. NGP Photo by Dave Harbour. The state-led gas line development team has told federal regulators it is confident the Alaska LNG project’s steel pipeline could withstand Cook Inlet’s strong currents, shifting seabed and traveling boulders along the 29-mile underwater route to the gas liquefaction plant in Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula. The water-crossing information is among the remaining batches of answers the Alaska Gasline [...]

3-18-19 Lest We Forget: Alaska Once Had A Stable Investment Climate!

Correction: in our recent email alert we rightly associated Anchorage property taxpayers with proposed bonded indebtedness but inadvertently associated property taxpayers with a proposed liquor tax.  -dh Lest We Forget: Alaska Once Created Two Decades Of Investment/Tax/Economic/Social Stability Commentary by Dave Harbour TRANS ALASKA PIPELINE SYSTEM (TAPS) Thirty-Eight years ago today, Alaska created what was to be two decades of "quasi"-fiscal stability.  We say, "quasi" because even in the wake of "reform", politicians would continuously be seeking more revenue. But let us begin the story this way.  [...]

2-11-19 Could this be one of the last ANWR hearings? Not likely, But This Is A Big One!

Another ANWR Hearing...TODAY? Don't Get Public Hearing Testimony Fatigue.  Every Hearing Produces A Record.   Decisions That Benefit or Hurt Our Families Are Partly Based On That Record! by Dave Harbour Today in Anchorage the Interior Department will hold what is, hopefully, one of the last hearings dealing with the environmental impact statement preceding the leasing of a small section of the huge Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil & gas exploration and perhaps, eventually, development. See the point? Dulles Airport area, within 1.5 million area, within 19.6 million [...]

12-21-18 Use These Important References to Develop Your Alaska Gasline/LNG THINKING POINTS!

A Readers' Guide to Developing Alaska Gasline/LNG Thinking Points and Policy Conclusions We believe that in fewer than a dozen pages, our critically thinking readers can come to thoughtful logical conclusions re: continuing government ownership and operation of Ak-LNG.  Merry Christmas!  -dh Last Friday's (12-14-18) Summary provides a current view of Ak-LNG ownership risks.  https://tinyurl.com/y8k5xps5 This 11-5-15 review of an Alaska special session dealing with gasline/LNG matters and increased oil taxes provides a good deal of rationale against state ownership, including important reference to unintended results. (https://tinyurl.com/y9samzdt) [...]

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 [...]

10-23-17 “Beware the Greeks (i.e. or Russians or Chinese) bearing gifts (i.e. Trojan Horses)!”

Is any citizen uncomfortable with these headlines?  Good.  There is reason for concern! Governor Pitches Alaska Natural Gas to Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund - Chinese President Makes Pit Stop in Alaska on Return to China - Alaska expects stronger engagement with China on gas ... - YouTube - Alaska Natural Gas International Deliveries to China (Million Cubic Feet) “Beware the Greeks (i.e. or Russians or Chinese) bearing gifts (i.e. Trojan Horses)!" Observations by Dave Harbour Alaska-Ecuador Flag Pin Rafael Correa, courtesy, Wikipedia Now look what happened to Ecuador under socialist [...]

6-26-17 More Detail On BP’s Global Energy Review

Continued Today From Our 6-19-17 Posting: BP’s Global Energy Review Damian Bilbao, BP Alaska Exploration, Inc., Global Energy Review 2017 Stay tuned for more on Damian Bilbao's presentations yesterday to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Center-Anchorage on BP's Statistical Review.    -dh Energy markets in transition: BP Statistical Review shows long-term shifts underway Strong oil demand and weaker supply growth rebalance oil markets; inventories continue to weigh on oil prices Energy mix shifting; rising renewable energy offsetting steep falls in coal use  Carbon [...]

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 [...]

3-21-17 Economist Roger Marks Fact Checks Lawyer’s “Fair Share” Cliché (UPDATE)

Calgary Herald by Javier Blax.   Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp., are jumping into American shale with gusto, planning to spend a combined $10 billion this year, up from next to nothing only a few years ago.  (Many Alaskan and Alberta elected officials -- obviously -- have no concept of the principle of worldwide competition for attracting natural resource investment dollars.  -dh) Critical Thinking The end of the Alaska Legislature's 2017, third trimester approaches.  The socialist-leaning House majority has cut off debate on their [...]

3-15-17 Murkowski Prioritizes Energy Infrastructure

Globe & Mail.  Shell left Alaska, now trims Alberta and B.C. investments. Alaska state senators scour budget in hopes of $300M in cuts  Climate bill faces tough sledding in Alaska legislature (See our related Commentary)   Today we also provide our many readers who knew him, an obituary and personal comments about Dennis Hebner, a great friend.  -dh Senator Lisa Murkowski. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour Murkowski: Energy Infrastructure Is Central to Our Way of Life Highlights Critical Role in Making Energy Cleaner, More [...]