5-15-18 Asian LNG Projects Involve Saving/Losing Face

Troublesome Alaska Gas Pipeline/LNG Issues Involve the Saving/Losing of "Face" Opinion by Dave Harbour Understanding Asian culture and customs is critical for creating durable Asian business relationships Alaska has historically enjoyed business relationships with various Asian countries, including China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan.  These relationships have traditionally evolved among private buyers and sellers of Alaska's natural resources, including minerals, liquefied natural gas (LNG), timber and seafood products.  In some of these cases, government officials have used their 'bully pulpits" usefully: to diplomatically support these transactions, but [...]

4-26-18 Alaskanomics and Alaska’s Natural Resource Wealth

Alaskanomics Scott Goldsmith. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour We commend Northrim Bank (Northrim and its public service web page, Alaskanomics) for having long supported an approach adopted by Dr. Scott Goldsmith, now retired from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), the "three legged stool". This analogy equates the stability of the stool to an economy supported equally by 1. oil & gas industry taxes and spending, 2. federal government spending and 3. other resources.  The only alteration we would suggest to the stool [...]

4-24-18 Important Reader Comment

We appreciate the lucid and studied comments of our readers, including this one reflecting our last Friday's editorial: Author: Donald M. Bullock Jr.  URL: https://northerngaspipelines.com/4-20-18-should-alaskan-politicians-align-their-states-future-with-communist-chinas/ Comment: Very well written Mr. Harbour. It is painful watching the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) going down the same unproductive path as the dead Alaska Gasoline Port Authority (AGPA). At this time, AGDC has no gas to sell. The State of Alaska also has no gas to sell until those lessees that have the exclusive right to produce the gas actually produce and convey [...]

By | 2018-04-25T07:09:56+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Commentary, Interstate Gas, Reader Comment|0 Comments

3-29-18 We are traveling but here are today’s links

Larry Persily, Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Today's links, courtesy, Larry Persily, former Alaska Gasline Federal Coordinator: Oil and gas news briefs for March 29, 2018 PetroChina says shorter deals will replace long-term contracts (Note: Here's what we Tweeted on this subject. NorthernGasPipelines‏ @daveharbour Mar 25.  NorthernGasPipelines Retweeted Natural Gas World "Even if socialist Alaska’s LNG scheme had a viable market and finance plan, a trend toward more short term contracts would be the stake in its heart."   ...   (OilPrice.com; March 28) - State-owned oil and gas giant PetroChina is [...]

By | 2018-03-29T06:15:56+00:00 March 29th, 2018|AGDC, China, Commentary, Interstate Gas, Japan, Korea, LNG|0 Comments

3-20-18 LAST CHANCE BEFORE VOTING: A Logical Review Of Anchorage’s Utility Ballot Initiative, and An Alaska LNG Scheme Update

Our Analysis Of Proposition 10 From Last Week Proposition 10 allows the MOA to sell its Municipal Light & Electric (ML&P) utility to Chugach Electric Coop (CEA). Ray Kreig on Mike Porcaro's 3-23-18 KENI Radio Show re: author's view of ML&P sale. https://clyp.it/fhbf5swd We support an HONEST and TRANSPARENT sale of ML&P but we oppose the corrupted process leading to Proposition 10.  We will vote “No” until the MOA employs a transparent, valid, robust, national competitive bidding process (i.e. RFP or RFB) and until a super majority [...]

12-28-17 Alaska’s Governor Supports Climate Change Movement!

Global Warming Opinion From Our Mid-Atlantic Energy Analyst: Given the odd pattern of the holiday weeks, we forgot until today about Euan Mearns’ Blowout Week, which we generally link.  http://euanmearns.com/blowout-week-208/#more-20518 Given the weather for the northeast quadrant of the U.S.  this week (the high here today was 12 degrees, and snowing hard in Geauga County), our two favorites deal with ongoing predictions of global warming. On the one hand, GLOBAL WARMING (GW) is causing ongoing record snowfalls:  Reuters: Climate change driving record snows in Alaskan mountains The study by researchers from Dartmouth College, the [...]

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 [...]

10-19-17 One Great Alaska Gas Boondoggle – WHY WE ARE SO PROUD OF EPA TODAY!

TODAY WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE EPA AND HERE'S WHY! And Today ... ...we draw reader attention to the enormous waste of money called the Alaska LNG Project. Tomorrow ... Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour ...we will draw attention to the enormous waste and foolish decision making accompanying the subsidized, so-called Interior Energy Project: a misguided and uneconomic effort to provide 'affordable' gas to the Fairbanks area.  What do the two projects have in common: Alaska Governor Bill Walker, their biggest advocate! [...]

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+00:00 September 11th, 2017|AGDC, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, ANWR, Interstate Gas, Intrastate Gas, LNG|0 Comments

9-8-17 Alaska’s Government Owned LNG Project: Now Is Not The Time (Nor will it ever be for a bureaucrat-directed, politically risky socialist pipeline)

Mike Navarre. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour COMMENTARY: RESPECTING THE KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH Larry Persily, former federal coordinator of the Alaska gas line projects office, currently serves as Chief of Staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. We have always respected both of these individuals. No one has more to gain than they do from a successful Alaska LNG project that is currently designed to terminate in their Borough.  The employment, tax and general economic benefits of such a project would be enormous. But [...]

8-13-17 Alaska’s Socialist Gas Pipeline Project Moves Ahead In Spite Of Infeasibility

Tax exemption for AGDC Petroleum News As a political subdivision, AGDC will not be subject to federal income tax, the corporation said, and can issue tax-exempt debt. The expectation is that ... AGDC reports progress in attracting interest to gasline Alaskajournal.com Accordingly, AGDC has also set up a data room for potential customers to examine the technical design and environmental information on the project ...

By | 2017-08-14T06:05:50+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Interstate Gas, Intrastate Gas, LNG|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

7-6-17 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 [...]