Q. Why should our readers attend CeraWeek in Houston? Dan Yergin, NGP file photo, by Dave Harbour (NARUC). A. Because our old friend from Arctic Gas days in the '70s, Daniel Yergin, invites us to the most important energy conference of the year! (Note: Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman IHS Markit, CERAWeek Chairman and James Rosenfield, Senior Vice President, IHS Markit, CERAWeek Founder & Co-Chairman, co-host CERAWeek.) Waves of Change: Charting the Energy Future Energy Secretary Rick Perry. NGP file Photo by Dave Harbour Strategic confrontation and fractious geopolitics, disruptive [...]
11-16-19, NORTHERN ENERGY HISTORY: Exxon’s Important North Slope Position Includes Prudhoe Bay AND Point Tompson!
Producers 2019: Exxon pursuing two fronts Operator’s ultimate goal at North Slope Point Thomson unit is marketing 8 Tcf of natural gas Kay Cashman Petroleum News Caribou on oil industry gravel pad. Five feet above the mosquito infested tundra decreases mosquito caused mortality among spring-born calves. -dh One of the earliest explorers in Alaska and one of the primary working interest owners on the North Slope, ExxonMobil did not embark on the $4 billion Point Thomson development just to produce 10,000 barrels of condensate a day. Production [...]
Correction: in our recent email alert we rightly associated Anchorage property taxpayers with proposed bonded indebtedness but inadvertently associated property taxpayers with a proposed liquor tax. -dh Lest We Forget: Alaska Once Created Two Decades Of Investment/Tax/Economic/Social Stability Commentary by Dave Harbour TRANS ALASKA PIPELINE SYSTEM (TAPS) Thirty-Eight years ago today, Alaska created what was to be two decades of "quasi"-fiscal stability. We say, "quasi" because even in the wake of "reform", politicians would continuously be seeking more revenue. But let us begin the story this way. [...]
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 [...]
FERC approves Kenai Borough as intervenor in Alaska LNG By Larry Persily Sept. 12, 2018 All three Alaska municipalities vying for a multibillion-dollar natural gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal are now intervenors in the federal regulatory process, giving each the legal right to challenge Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decisions on the proposed Alaska LNG project. ... Scroll down for Persily's full story below (Larry Persily, Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour) Our comment: In Alaska only the oil & gas industry must pay a special, state-wide property [...]
5-22-18 Big Alaska Energy Conference: Next Week In Anchorage! -and- Are Alaskans Thinking Strategically?
Dear Readers: This is one of the most useful, timely conferences for those interested in Alaska energy issues and developments. For those living in Canada, or the Lower 48, we know that if you attend it will have been well worth the trip! -dh AOGA 2018 Conference and Exhibit Hall "The Great Debate" Gubernatorial Debate on Oil and Gas Issues Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:00 am to 5:30 pm AOGA staff photo, left to right: Brandon Brefczynski, Tamara Sheffield, Kara Moriarty, Joshua Kindred. Dena'ina Civic & Convention [...]
Canadian liberals and their pro-anarchy, anti-pipeline, enviro-activist allies caused the death or delay of multiple pipeline modes capable of marketing Canadian oil & gas. Now, with the economy crashing, liberals are positioning themselves as energy transportation saviors. What Chutzpah! -dh Justin Trudeau defends his support for oilsands and pipelines during Fort McMurray visit. CBC.ca. "For 10 years Stephen Harper talked the oilsands up and weren't able to get [pipelines] done." Trudeau said he looked forward to sitting down with industry leaders later Friday to hear more about how the Liberal government can improve oil and gas regulations. [...]
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 [...]
Dave Harbour in Inuvik to chair Pipeline Panel, Inuvik Petroleum Conference, June 2002. As Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opens, will the $300M price tag be worth it?. CBC.ca. But with amoratorium on oil and gas development in the Arctic for the ... the Mackenzie Gas Project — also known as the Mackenzie Valley pipeline....
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 [...]
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 [...]
Dear Friends: Our long term readers know that this webpage was born over 15 years ago, when certain special interests sought to demonize some Alaskan and some Canadian energy interests. One of our secondary goals has been to facilitate greater diplomacy and understanding among citizens of both countries -- in support of both separate and joint energy projects. Hopefully, the sort of blog entry we have today will lead us ever closer to greater understanding among citizens of the two countries. -dh "...because that's where the [...]
We are delighted to note that one of Washington's most knowledgeable energy analysts is joining the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan. We think our Alaskan, Canadian and Lower 48 readers will be grateful that such an advisor will be in such a position to improve energy decision and policy making in Washington. -dh GOP Energy Veteran Kish To Ryan's Office: As Playbook readers found out this morning, Institute for Energy Research Senior Vice President Dan Kish is headed to Speaker Paul Ryan 's office as a new policy adviser for energy, environment, [...]
Lest We Forget: 9-11 REMEMBRANCE OF GAS PIPELINES POLITICAL PIPEDREAMS: LEST WE FORGET! by Dave Harbour Maybe history teaches that political pipedreams don't work so well. Would it not be wise to learn from our past? Would it not be logical to offer support and not hostile dictates to private sector investors -- for a change -- so that they might realistically conform energy exploration, production, development, transportation, marketing and distribution hopes to the realism of private sector expertise, science-based planning, decision-making agility, competition-inspired efficiency, volatile market [...]
We have a special treat for Alaskans and their Legislature today -- and, our Canadian readers. Scroll down for two commentaries, Christmas 2001, re: gas pipeline and fiscal crisis issues. "Lest We Forget" -dh Is our quotation from 2001 -- in response to Senator Dave Donley -- still applicable today? Comment: "Such is the nature of political struggle as governments become highly dependent on resource revenue or government grants, when resource prices fall and/or when rates of production and/or national revenues diminish. In such situations, political leaders should beware of becoming too [...]