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 [...]

8-15-17 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   [...]

8-11-17 A Looming Disaster in Alaska’s Susitna Basin?

Today we provide this letter that a long time reader and natural resource expert sent us yesterday.  While the general subject revolves around forest management for maximum benefit of Alaska's people, we note that the concepts of multiple use and sustain yield apply to oil, gas and mining.  Why?  Because mining and energy do not preclude other uses of public and private lands -- and are highly regulated in any case.  Second, while forests and hunted and fished species, managed properly, are "renewable", oil, gas and mining are "newable". [...]

8-1-17 We Congratulate Fox News For Its New Alaska Map

MORNING HEADLAMP: A TALE OF TWO WALKERS – BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES (Please note that this 7:35 p.m., EST version replaces an earlier, unedited draft.  -dh) Why Fox News' Initiative To Properly Portray Alaska's Size & Location Is Important To Alaskans ... And, To All Americans Commentary by Dave Harbour Fox's improved North American map more accurately contrasts Alaska's size, position and importance relative to the Lower 48 states. 7-29-17. -dh Caribou on oil industry gravel pad. Being five feet above the mosquito infested [...]

7-26-17 We’re on the road; but here’s your COMMENTARY from Seward, Alaska….

Committee Passes Bill to Improve Transparency, Management of Federal Land Ownership Comment: Since the majority of federal land is within Alaska, the 49th state could be a major beneficiary of legislation to inventory federal land assets.  -dh WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2199, the “Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2017” or the “FLAIR Act.” Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), the bipartisan bill requires the Department of the Interior to create a publicly available register of federal real property to increase [...]

7-20-17 TODAY IN CONGRESS. MONDAY TAPS. A WORKABLE ALASKA GTL SCHEME?

Murkowski Welcomes Nomination of Joe Balash for Key Role at Interior Members Discuss Bills to Bring Much Needed Reforms to the Endangered Species Act Varcoe: New BC energy minister faced with rekindling Canada's bold LNG dream Prospects For Exporting Alaska LNG?  Reference: U.S. LNG exporters could lose money for years, analysts say, Price competition holding back Canada’s LNG export hopes, Exxon drops plans to develop 46 tcf gas field offshore Indonesia (Links from Larry Persily) Is Gas To Liquids In Alaska's Future (Scroll down)? TODAY: HOUSE COMMITTEE MOVES TO IMPROVE MINING [...]

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 [...]

7-12-17 EPA Returns Rule Of Law To Pebble Partnership – BOEM ‘Conditionally’ Approves Eni’s Beaufort Sea Exploration Plan

Today we provide readers with this breaking announcement from the Pebble Partnership.  We believe this announcement, in reality, acknowledges that the rule of law has returned to Alaska natural resource projects in general.  See our editorial.  -dh EPA Withdrawal Notice A Welcome Return to Normal Permitting for Pebble Pebble Project's Alaska State Lease area The Pebble Partnership welcomed Tuesday's announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is has initiated steps to withdraw its Proposed Determination restricting development at the Pebble Project. PLP CEO Tom Collier had the following [...]

7-11-17 Congress Puts Alaska In The Spotlight

Subcommittee to Consider Ways to Develop Alaska’s Onshore Energy Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2017 CONTACT: Parish Braden or Molly Block (202) 226-9019 Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM in 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing titled “Promoting Onshore Oil and Gas Development in Alaska.”  WHAT: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources oversight hearing “Promoting Onshore Oil and Gas Development in Alaska”  WHEN: Tuesday, July 18 2:00 PM WHERE: 1324 Longworth House Office Building  Visit the Committee Calendar for additional information once it is made [...]

7-10-17 Wind Energy Blowout Week

A Wind Update From our Mid-Atlantic energy analyst friend (i.e. who prefers to remain anonymous): Blowout week, batteries and offshore wind Don and Monica Kotowych at Grouse Mountain BC by Dave Harbour, IOGCC Meeting, 6-2-12 ...we link Euan Mearns’ Blowout Week collection of links to major energy articles from the past week, with a host of excerpts and links to many timely energy topics. The excerpt delivery approach follows our effort to pass along the basic part of a story quickly. This is perfect in our time-challenged society. http://euanmearns.com/blowout-week-184/ [...]

7-6-17 President Trump Offered Poland Energy and Missile Defense Lifelines

Today President Trump announced to an admiring crowd in Warsaw that Poland should not be dependent upon a single source of energy.  As the President leaves Poland for Germany -- and a demanding G-20 summit -- he leaves behind a legacy of warm cooperation.   That legacy on the one hand includes Poland's continuing commitment to NATO and on the other hand a US commitment to provide an alternate fuel supply of LNG as well as a missile defence program.    See related stories below.  -dh  (Photo: President Trump in [...]

7-5-17 Energy Evolution Continues – North Korean Threat Approaches Climactic Conclusion

At 3 p.m. EST today we witnessed U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's speech regarding the dangerous conditions evolving from North Korea's latest threatening missile test.  She offered the U.N. members a choice: act together to impose serious sanctions or expect the U.S. to act to defend itself.   Here for reference is a "Korea" speech we offered the Alaska World Affairs Council last October and a Washington Times Op-ed on Korea we provided last November.  -dh The Day After America's Fourth Of July, We Pray The Energy Evolution Continues In Freedom For [...]

6-28-17 RDC Annual Conference Attracts US Mining Leader

Commissioner Colette Honorable. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour Personal Commentary: Several years ago your publisher had the honor to serve as vice chairman of the NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) Gas Committee.  Also serving on the committee was Arkansas regulatory commissioner, Colette Honorable.  Colette has served the FERC, as Senator Murkowski notes below, with distinction.  She has also been a highly accomplished and congenial colleague and friend.  We [...]

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