6-4-19 Alaska Gas Project Update

State answers FERC questions about Cook Inlet pipeline crossing  By Larry Persily paper@alaskan.com June 4, 2019 Larry Persily, former Alaska gas pipeline federal coordinator. NGP Photo by Dave Harbour. The state-led gas line development team has told federal regulators it is confident the Alaska LNG project’s steel pipeline could withstand Cook Inlet’s strong currents, shifting seabed and traveling boulders along the 29-mile underwater route to the gas liquefaction plant in Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula. The water-crossing information is among the remaining batches of answers the Alaska Gasline [...]

3-26-19 Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy Works to ‘Bring Home the Bacon’ From CERA Week!

Michael J. Dunleavy in Special Dialogue... Dan Yergin, NGP file photo, by Dave Harbour (NARUC). ...with Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman IHS Markit 24:19.  (Note: Your publisher first met Dr. Yergin in the 1970s when the latter was a rising star in the energy/environmental consulting field.) Report: On Friday, March 22, 2019, Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy addressed a crowded room at the international energy conference known as CERAWeek, an annual gathering in Houston, TX attended by more than 4,500 individuals from over 70 countries and regions. [...]

1-25-19 Gas Pipeline Angst: Both Sides of the Border

Nikiski awaits decision on LNG pipeline project location.  Homer News.  Nikiski awaits decision on LNG pipeline project location ... LNG project — a planned 806-mile pipeline that would carry natural gas from the North ... progress on the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline has been halted due to the shutdown, ... Dozens stop traffic in downtown Charlottetown for Native Council solidarity rally.  CBC.ca.  ... of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern B.C., who have been protesting the construction of a natural gas pipeline on their traditional territory. "We are ...."

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12-14-18 A Citizen’s View Of The Two Alaska Gasline-LNG Projects

AK-LNG & ASAP: A Citizen Considers the Risks of Continuing Government Ownership by Dave Harbour How would you cope with the smorgasbord of problems/challenges Mike Dunleavy, assumed upon being sworn in as Alaska's Governor in early December? Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy Some of the challenges blocking Alaska’s road to economic recovery -- and obscuring its natural beauty -- include: a fiscal crisis and annual budget deficits, billions in state employee unfunded pension liability, the highest unemployment rate in the nation, growing crime, an amazingly burdensome array of [...]

8-13-18: DOI Set To IMPROVE Operation of Endangered Species Act for Species & Citizens … China Says Alaska LNG Deal In Doubt

  Op-Ed: At Interior, We’re Ready To Bring The Endangered Species Act Up To Date Dep. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt The Washington Post Aug. 9, 2018 A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the greatest good in the longest term. Last month, the Trump administration took this approach to bringing our government’s implementation of the Endangered Species Act into the 21st century. [...]

7-24-18 PipeCo Says No; Borough Says Yea To Pipe Terminus

That's a fine kettle of fish! A pipeline says no and the local government says yes.  Our thanks to Larry Persily for this report AGDC says Port MacKenzie ‘not feasible’ for LNG termina Larry Persily. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbourt By Larry Persily paper@alaskan.com July 23, 2018 TheSeveral months of additional review did not change the opinion of the state’s North Slope natural gas project development team that Nikiski is a better site than the Matanuska-Susitna Borough-promoted Port MacKenzie for a multibillion-dollar gas liquefaction plant and [...]

7-23-18 Fairbanks Gas Supply Competition

Most Relevant News For Our Readers Public Comments Due For Donlin Mine's Reclamation And Closure Plans Public comments are due for the proposed Donlin mine’s reclamation and closure plans. AK: The journey of Alaska’s go-to man in China Alaska’s does $1 billion dollars worth of trade with China every year — it’s the state’s largest trading partner. State officials: Ballot Measure 1 will make some construction projects impossible Ballot Measure 1 is intended to boost protections for salmon, but a series of state officials told lawmakers Friday… AGDC President: [...]

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 [...]

4-20-18 Should Alaskan Politicians Align Their State’s Future With Communist China’s?

Alaska’s Imprudent LNG Project Reader question: Should Alaskan Politicians Align Their State's Future With Communist China's -- or, instead rely on free enterprise development of Alaska's natural gas transportation system--WHEN IT BECOMES ECONOMICAL?  Scroll down to answer in comment section. By Dave Harbour (NGP authorizes reprint of its editorials with condition that links be provided to such reprints.) As my kids would might say, it blew my mind this week when China’s news blog, Xinhua, announced, “The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) said on Thursday that it has signed [...]

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 [...]

3-7-18 Alaska has a deficit budget and fiscal crisis but pours money into socialized, uneconomic energy projects!

Government subsidized Fairbanks natural gas scheme plods on... ...with insufficient customer base, insufficient long term gas supply, high cost barriers to fuel oil/gas conversion. This is one of two large,  socialized, Alaska energy projects that politicians continue to subsidize in the midst of a fiscal crisis highlighted by deficit budgets.  Neither the AGDC nor the IEP natural gas projects would now be burning cash if they were controlled by prudent, free market investors.  See references, below.  -dh LNG tank construction a sign of progress for Interior gas project (IEP),  Alaskajournal.com,   Backhoes are back [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]