3-16-18 Canada’s Energy Wealth Producing Sector Still Under Attack

Alaska LNG developer says late-2019 EIS for project is fast enough to stay on schedule.  Platts .  "Achieving clarity on the permitting time line is another critical step forward for the project," said Keith Meyer, president of the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp., in a statement. "A draft EIS in March 2019, with availability of a final EIS in December 2019, will allow us to keep Alaska's gas ... Timeline Set for Environmental Study of Alaska LNG Project - U.S. News & World Report FERC to issue draft EIS for Alaska LNG in March 2019 - Interfax Global Energy Agency sets timeline for environmental study [...]

3-8-18 Alberta: Let’s Get With It!

Alberta: Let's Get With It! Our Alberta Friends: You saw what we said yesterday about Alaska.  Same goes for you.  Onward, for the kids' if not for your own economic salvation!  -dh Braid: The great debate on pipeline unity starts with ... disunity  Calgary Herald.  Alberta Government House Leader Brian Mason tells reporters the first order of business for the spring sitting of the legislature will be a vote by all members of the house on a motion to support the government's efforts to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion completed at a press conference in ... [...]

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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 [...]

3-3-18 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 [...]

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Canada $1B upgrader plan aimed at getting Alberta off boom-bust rollercoaster. CBC.ca.  The province says the move away from using diluent, which has to be shipped back from the refineries once the bitumen is upgraded, is also expected to free up 30 per cent more pipeline capacity at a time when bottlenecks are causing Alberta crude to sell at a steep discount on the North American ... Oilpatch investment lured south as US overhauls tax and regulatory regime, industry group says.  CBC.ca.  Canada's energy industry — struggling with pipeline constraints and a costly oil glut — says new American tax [...]

By | 2018-02-27T05:50:31+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Canadian Energy Policy|0 Comments

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 [...]


Notley unveils high-profile task force to counter BC 'attack' Calgary Herald.  The move is seen as an attempt by British Columbia to delay and hamper building of the $7.4-billion pipelineexpansion to triple its Alberta oil shipments to the West Coast, even ... The premier unveiled the initiative on a tour of a steel plant in south Calgary that makes steel tubing for oil and gas wells.

By | 2018-02-12T04:55:18+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Canadian Energy Policy|0 Comments

2-9-18 Why do we need gas pipelines?

Comment: With Canadian liberal leaders at the national and provincial level doing everything possible to worship climate change and kill fossil fuel and pipelines that transport them, you had to expect the arrival of a 'day of reckoning'.  We expect there will be more to come.  -dh NEWS Prince Rupert residents urged to use less natural gas due to damagedpipeline.   CBC.ca.  Even though temperatures are positively chilly in the north coast city, residents of Prince Rupert have been urged to reduce their natural gasuse because of a problem with the sole line into town. [...]

By | 2018-02-09T05:41:47+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Canadian Energy Policy, Commentary, Global Warming|0 Comments

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.  [...]

1-9-18 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 [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]