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 [...]

10-11-17 Chairman Bishop Moves to Reform Antiquities Act Abuse – and – Oh Canada!

Representative Rob Bishop, courtesy Civil Services. Yesterday, we provided a commentary by U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop on the subject of, "Antiquities Act is a Menace to Constitutional Government, Part I."   Today, we provide his Part II, follow-up commentary along with committee action to cure the Act from future abuse.  Please scroll down.   This commentary also appeared earlier this morning in the Washington Examiner.  -dh Subcommittee Chairmen Respond to Antiquities Act Reform Legislation  TODAY, the Committee will markup H.R. 3990, [...]

10-10-17 STAR DIES … Today, Chairman Bishop Speaks Out On Misuse of Antiquities Act

Star and Albert Whitehead at Fur Rendezvous, Anchorage, 3-3-12. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour  Hilcorp’s proposed Arctic Ocean oil development gets public review Tuesday. Conservation groups and industry supporters will face off in Anchorage Tuesday night as federal regulators wrap up hearings…. Today, EPA announces, the war on coal is over! Alaska's popular reindeer, Star, dies in owner's arms Antiquities Act is a Menace to Constitutional Government Rep. Rob Bishop, Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Resources Committee October 10, 2017 Please see our related commentary, [...]

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 [...]

8-25-17 Feds Now Helping Alaska

We continue to see signs the U.S. government is now improving policies that benefit Alaska natural resource development, national jobs, the national economy and national defense.  -dh U.S. transportation secretary announces efforts to speed up project development in Alaska U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, visiting Alaska for a two-day trip, announced measures on Thursday to streamline what she called the "burdensome"… Interior Secretary Zinke: National monuments stay but ‘some changes’ loom Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he does not plan to eliminate any of the 27 national monuments the Trump administration placed [...]

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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 [...]

8-16-17 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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8-1-17 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] [...]

7-12-17 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 [...]