10-13-17 Unhappy Case Histories: Canadians and Americans Can Learn From Each Other

Representative Rob Bishop, courtesy Civil Services. Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to chair the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Chairman Rob Bishop released the following statement: “Kathleen Hartnett White is a great choice to help the administration realign priorities at CEQ. Over the past eight years, this executive office has attempted to use the National Environmental Policy Act as a tool to stonewall any project with a federal nexus. I look forward to working with her on a long overdue streamlining of [...]

10-12-17 Your Northern Energy Update

Warning: Alaska treads troubled economic waters in the middle of a fiscal storm.  Politicians are making the financial crisis worse by creating state subsidies and ratepayer risks.  The story below again reminds us of the Administration's payoff to Interior Alaska supporters via a subsidized Fairbanks gas utility (i.e. when South Central's Enstar customers paid for their own).   Not to mention the otherwise uneconomic Fire Island wind generation project and an infeasible Alaska LNG\pipeline scheme.   Note how two local politicians in the story below are discussing a strategy for squeezing [...]

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 [...]

11-4-17 The importance of commenting

Dear Friends: After nearly a week on a special assignment I now come up for air with a message we often forget. The message is, "Don't forget to offer public comment whether you be Alaskan, Canadian or Lower 48 citizen concerned about national security, prosperity and the Left's focus on socializing North America." With that gentle but firm reminder in place, we heed this message (below) from our friends at the Resource Development Council for Alaska. Alaskans should provide comment or testify at tonight's hearing.  Why?  [...]

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 [...]

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9-12-17 TODAY: Major Improvements For Federal Land Access!

TODAY: US Congress Moves Toward Land Access For Energy and Outdoor Sports Live Webcast: Click HERE to watch the markup beginning at 4:00 PM ET Remarks as prepared for delivery: “Today, the Committee will consider several important bipartisan bills, beginning with H.R. 3668—the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement, or SHARE Act. This legislation strengthens the foundation of our country’s hunting and fishing heritage and helps ensure the next generation of sportsmen and women continue to enjoy access to our nation’s federal lands and waterways to carry out these activities and traditions. “Sportsmen [...]

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 [...]

8-24-17 House Committee Supports Interior’s Monument Review — And, So Do We!

Chairman Rob Bishop Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman Rob Bishop issued the following statement in reaction to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s final review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act (Act): "I am encouraged by the recommendations to revise previous designations that were inconsistent with the law and outside the Act's size limitations. It is my hope that President Trump takes this opportunity to begin realigning uses of the law with its intended purpose. It’s also incumbent on Congress to pursue reforms to the Act that ensure it is being used to protect antiquities while [...]

8-17-17 Again, We’re Reminded Of Alaska-Canadian Gas Pipeline History + The Passing Of An Alaskan Dowager

Alaska's Dowager Statewide Paper Besieged by Creditors Public Domain Photo: Anchorage Daily Times, 6-3-1942. (Reminder: please scroll down for two more commentaries on Canadian / Alaska oil and gas issues and history....) In this case: dow·a·ger, ˈdouəjər/, noun.  Definition: a widow with a title or property derived from her late husband.  e.g. "the dowager duchess".  Informal, a dignified elderly woman.   Commentary:  Our "dowager" description of Alaska's successor statewide newspaper is descriptive, however flawed.  For the Anchorage Daily News (ADN), now the Alaska Dispatch News (ADN), did acquire the assets of Anchorage's legacy newspaper, the [...]

8-16-17 U.S. LEASE SALE POLICY – LAWMAKERS ADVOCATE OPENING “ALL” OCS AREAS

Photo courtesy Shell Oil Washington, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and 118 additional Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary Zinke requesting the Department of the Interior to include consideration of all Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lands in the development of a new National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. “Just as today’s energy security is the result of production set in motion by decisions made years ago, the decisions on OCS leasing and development facing the Department [...]

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8-15-17 Today’s LNG World News Links

LNG World News • Synetics wins FSRUs surveillance services contract • Australia's July LNG exports jump above 5.4 million mt • First US LNG cargo on way to Lithuania • DOE: U.S. LNG exports reach 310.4 Bcf in H1 2017 • Cheniere in China LNG move • Chart, GFW launch LNG-diesel fueling truck • UK watchdog accepts Wood Group-AFW merger remedy • South Korea boosts July LNG imports • Q-Max Umm Slal heading for South Hook LNG terminal • Santos flags $690 mln impairment charge   [...]

8-4-17 Good News?

As we end the week: Good News From Petroleum News Alaska BP to expand four Prudhoe Bay pads  08/06/2017 (Trouble viewing this article? Click here) BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. wants to expand four existing drilling pads at the Prudhoe Bay unit to improve drilling rig access to existing wells at the onshore North Slope unit. In four separate requests in mid-July, the company asked state oil and gas officials for permission to add 0.9 acres to.... Conoco earnings rise  08/06/2017 (Trouble viewing this article? Click here) ConocoPhillips Co. reported adjusted earnings of $167 [...]

7-19-17 What Do Alaska & Ecuador Have In Common … Besides Our Vacation Home In Cuenca, High In The Andes?

Alaska Oil Production = Ecuador's (+/-) Ecuador, Courtesy: BBC Alaska Petroleum, courtesy USGS Note that while Alaska was once the largest US oil producing state at over 2 million barrels/day, its Trans Alaska Pipeline System  (TAPS) is currently 3/4 empty.  Ecuador, a small OPEC producer taps from its reserves about the same as Alaska now produces, a little over 500k barrels/day. This WALL STREET JOURNAL story attracted the attention of our Mid-Atlantic energy analyst friend in his commentary below, which should interest our US and Canadian [...]

7-18-17 Today in Congress it’s “all about Alaska”!

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on onshore oil and gas development in Alaska. Panel members highlighted the many benefits for Alaska and the Lower 48 if the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) were opened for responsible exploration and development. “Energy development in the State of Alaska is a key component of achieving American energy independence. Enabling new opportunities for exploration and development, especially in the NPR-A and in ANWR, will create thousands of good jobs [and] [...]

7-17-17 Having A Competent Governor Is Critical To 1) Balancing the Budget, and 2) Attracting Investment & Jobs

7-17-17 = WHAT A LUCKY DATE TO ANNOUNCE A GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDACY -- FOR A PRO-FREE ENTERPRISE, PRO NATURAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, PRO FAMILY, PRO DISCIPLINED GOVERNMENT SPENDING LEADER WITH EXTRAORDINARY SKILLS AND COURAGE! Mike Dunleavy files for governor  Suzanne Downing  July 17, 2017  Alaska News, Politics  8 Comments Senator Mike Dunleavy, Candidate for Governor of Alaska Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission today to run for governor. He is a Republican. Dunleavy, who represents District E, left the Republican caucus earlier this spring after breaking with [...]