1-3-19 Shell Leads Big Canadian LNG Project

Comment: Alaskan investors have have been trying to engineer an economically feasible, North Slope LNG export project for over 40 years. British Columbia, also has LNG fever.  It struggles with a half dozen economically feasible export schemes -- occasionally confounded by Aboriginal claims, environmental activist obstruction and now, low LNG prices flowing from depressed world economies and a plethora of competitive LNG projects (See CBC review below). Unlike Alaska, the overwhelming majority of worldwide LNG export projects do not carry the burden of having to finance an 800 mile [...]

5-30-18 Alaskans: Unite TODAY – Canadians: This Is What We Must Do On BOTH Sides Of The Border

Rally The Troops TODAY! One of Alaska's most dedicated pioneer patriots, and a dear friend (Photo, Carl Portman), has written us this heartfelt CALL TO ACTION.  PLEASE RESPOND AND MEET TODAY IN DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE if you are in the state's largest city.  If not, register your opinion by commenting at the Department of Interior link found here, today, before you forget!  -dh Dave: As a lifelong Alaskan raised in Fairbanks, I flew up to the “Golden Heart City” yesterday to present personal testimony supporting proposed lease sales on the coastal [...]

2-22-18

"...the path to American Energy Dominance starts in Alaska." -RZ Ryan Zinke. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour WASHINGTON – Two senior U.S. Geological Survey officials have stepped down after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke demanded that they provide his office with confidential data on the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska before it was released to the general public. Murray Hitzman and Larry Meinert – who had served as the agency's associate director for energy and minerals and acting deputy associate director for energy and minerals mission area, [...]

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 [...]

12-21-17 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 [...]

12-19-17 What’s Icing On The Tax Reform Cake?

Chairman Bishop Addresses ANWR Today, the House approved the conference report on H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.” The bill includes language that opens up a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for responsible energy development. Chairman Rob Bishop issued the following statement: “How do you improve a historic tax cut? I can’t think of a better way than to add the pro-jobs, pro-growth and pro-American energy provisions opening ANWR to responsible development. Senator Murkowski and Rep. Young should be [...]

12-15-17

Russia Wins in Arctic After U.S. Fails to Kill Giant Gas Project By Jack Farchy and Elena Mazneva Building the $27 billion Yamal liquefied natural gas project meant shipping more than 5 million tons of materials to construct a forest of concrete and steel 600 kilometers north of the Arctic circle, where temperatures can drop to -50 degrees celsius and the sun disappears for two months straight. Yet those challenges weren’t as tough as the U.S. sanctions imposed in 2014, forcing a complete refinancing just as construction was about to start. Jacques [...]

12-4-17 We’re Back, Refreshed And Find The Alaska Gasline/LNG Challenge Remains

Suzanne Downing, Courtesy, Must Read Alaska The main Alaska gas export project obstacle is the 49th state's political leadership that believes socializing the private energy industry justifies rejection of logic, supply-demand principles and industry expertise when,"now is not the time" for an Alaska gas export project. Today, the publisher of Must Read Alaska, Suzanne Downing, has written a compelling critique of the "non-binding agreement" Alaskan bureaucrats have signed with communist Chinese-owned company bureaucrats.  Find her "China Takes All" analysis here. But what is the most frightening element of [...]

12-3-17 More good news for Congressional action on energy!

Members Introduce Bipartisan Scalise-Cuellar-Bishop-González Energy Bill FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2017 CONTACT: Parish Braden, Molly Block, Katie Schoettler (202) 226-9019 Washington, D.C. – Today, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), joined by House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Vicente González (D-TX), introduced legislation to promote domestic energy development on both America’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and its vast onshore federal acreage. H.R. 4239, the “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy Act” or “SECURE American Energy Act,” will spur economic investment in federal lands, diversify [...]

By |2017-11-03T11:47:00-09:00November 3rd, 2017|Alaskanomics, ANWR, Federal Progress|0 Comments

10-6-17 Friday’s Much Ado About Energy … And Politics!

The Energy World Under President Trump For the energy scholars among us, this Reuters article has it all: from oil & gas to coal, Paris climate change accord, and alternative energy.  While we respect the research and statistics, we could call into question some of the journalism that leans leftward.  With that caveat, it is a piece worth maintaining in our archives and a ready reference for those of you who will be giving speeches in the near future.  We say, "near future" because the energy landscape is constantly [...]

9-18-17 ANWR becomes ‘real’ again!

Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling Studies NEW YORK TIMES, BY LISA FRIEDMAN.  An Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on seismic surveys in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which may open it to drilling. The document proposes ending a restriction that had limited exploratory drilling to the period from Oct. 1, 1984, to May 31, 1986. It also directs the agency to provide an environmental assessment and a proposed rule allowing for new exploration plans. The document, a copy of which was obtained by The [...]

By |2017-09-19T04:32:56-09:00September 18th, 2017|Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Alaskanomics, ANWR, Arctic Policy|0 Comments

9-11-17 Lest We Forget

Walker says state won't put more money into Alaska LNG.   Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.  ANCHORAGE — Alaska won't put more money into promoting the big AlaskaLNG Project until firm commitments are made by customer.... Alaska North Slope Iñupiats Support Reasonable Development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Point Hope, AK – Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE) announced its support for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling. The board of directors passed the resolution officially backing safe and responsible development in the refuge, specifically the 1002 coastal plain area, that represents eight [...]

By |2017-09-11T17:47:47-09:00September 11th, 2017|AGDC, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, ANWR, Interstate Gas, Intrastate Gas, LNG|0 Comments

9-1-17 Governor Walker of Alaska Makes Confusing/Damaging Energy Decisions

Is Alaska's Governor pro-development...but only as long as his state government calls the shots and does the developing?   (Below we find the Governor's confusingly supportive actions.  In the right column, we find more substantive actions contributing to a loss of investor interest and a more dangerous economic climate.)  -dh Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour Our commentary: Below, we have the appearance of a governor supporting federal energy access programs.  But then you notice such minor expressions of support for natural [...]

8-31-17 More On President’s Monument Review

Crises in Texas & Alaska (Please scroll down to PLF release below) Ryan Zinke, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Commentary:  We revere the work of Pacific Legal Foundation to protect our Nation's freedoms.  We particularly appreciate its efforts to protect the vulnerable freedoms of individual American families, small companies and the energy industries. The President and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have undertaken the noble task of reviewing unilateral land access and land use blockades imposed by prior administrations as [...]

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