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 [...]

6-20-18 The Show (Archive) Must Go On!

We've been laying low for several weeks due to shoulder replacement surgery and related issues...for which we thank readers' patience.  We're slowly repairing,  able to type a little and now focused on adding appropriate northern energy content into our searchable archives as before.  -dh BIG NEWS TODAY: Trump repeals Obama's destructive, duplicative Ocean Policy E.O.  See this letter from the National Ocean Policy Coalition below, column right.  -dh Today's Latest Northern Energy News: Oil, Gas & LNG Readers: Download the "six behaviors" below for important [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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3-8-18 Alberta: Let’s Get With It!

Alberta: Let's Get With It! Our Alberta Friends: You saw what we said yesterday about Alaska.  Same goes for you.  Onward, for the kids' if not for your own economic salvation!  -dh Braid: The great debate on pipeline unity starts with ... disunity  Calgary Herald.  Alberta Government House Leader Brian Mason tells reporters the first order of business for the spring sitting of the legislature will be a vote by all members of the house on a motion to support the government's efforts to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion completed at a press conference in ... [...]

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1-23-18 Just remember….

Just remember... Private companies when filing with FERC and other agencies -- for energy projects or just for portions of a project regulated by a particular agency -- really have to have their acts together. Among that preparation is a reasonable degree of knowledge and proof -- acceptable to the board of directors as well as convincing to the agency -- that the project is real.  The application must be solid: environmental research/safeguards (i.e. air, water, earth and flora and fauna, including birds, mammals, fish), geological, cultural, archaeological, logistic, [...]

1-22-18 Alaska’s Pipe Policy Pursues Perfidy

Saturday We Said, "Canada's Pipe Policy Pursues Perplexity" (Today, it's Alaska's Turn) We say Alaska pursues perfidy because it does.  Everyone in the state with at least one good eye on this government-owned bureaucrat-controlled enterprise (i.e. the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC) knows it is is not what it claims to be. Heaven knows what Governor Walker told President Trump about his pipedream last year when his role as governor gained him entrance to America's seat of power to talk about a $1 trillion US "Infrastructure" investment project.  [...]

1-9-18 PANMUNJOM SUMMIT ON KOREAN DMZ IS IN TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT! – Calling For Gas Pipeline Contractors/Operators, Ukraine! Be A Pioneer!

To our pipeline contractor/TSO friends: Kiev, Ukraine Your author serves on the board of the Export Council for Alaska.  Today we learn that the Ukrainian Government is looking for potential Gas Transportation System Operator partners. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine invites potential Gas Transportation System Operators (TSO) to the preliminary consultations and discussion on possible conditions for the upcoming tender to attract potential TSO partner(s) to operate in newly created PJSC Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine.  Here is the formal announcement.  Contact the following Commercial Specialist for additional assistance: Myroslava Myrtsalo, Commercial [...]

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 [...]

12-20-17 A Union Hope For An Alaska Gas Export Project

Stay the course: Alaska LNG project on horizon By Scott Eickholt Citizen Op-Ed, Originally Published: Fairbanks News Miner Scott Eickholt, Linkedin Profile The stars are aligned — from the White House, to Alaska’s congressional delegation, to Gov. Bill Walker and the skilled workers of Alaska — all parties are committed to building a project to bring Alaska’s natural gas to market. I see this project not as a burden or drain on the Alaska economy but a way out of the hole. We need new revenue and we [...]

12-4-17 We’re Back, Refreshed And Find The Alaska Gasline/LNG Challenge Remains

Suzanne Downing, Courtesy, Must Read Alaska The main Alaska gas export project obstacle is the 49th state's political leadership that believes socializing the private energy industry justifies rejection of logic, supply-demand principles and industry expertise when,"now is not the time" for an Alaska gas export project. Today, the publisher of Must Read Alaska, Suzanne Downing, has written a compelling critique of the "non-binding agreement" Alaskan bureaucrats have signed with communist Chinese-owned company bureaucrats.  Find her "China Takes All" analysis here. But what is the most frightening element of [...]

5-25-17 Korea Conflict Continues: Is Alaska In The Gun Sights?

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing for President Trump’s nominees for key positions at two federal agencies: Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Full story here.  (U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour.) Courtesy, Washington Times Should the U.S. enter conflict with North Korea, Alaska at center of response.   Alaska will be at the center [...]