ADN by Becky Bohrer.  U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (NGP Photo) has urged the state to consider a loan guarantee that would help with financing for a major Alaska natural gas pipeline.


September 21, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today offered testimony at an oversight hearing on “ANWR: Jobs, Energy and Deficit Reduction,” held by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA).  “Some of our nation’s richest oil reserves exist along the coastal plain known as ANWR,” Governor Parnell said. “It’s accessible. It’s extractable. And oil production and wildlife in ANWR are compatible. Oil from ANWR could help meet U.S. demand for the next 25 years – or longer. Responsible development of ANWR would create hundreds of thousands of jobs across our nation, in virtually every state, because a secure supply of petroleum will create demand for goods and services, and lower the cost of doing business.  

Aves Thompson, Alaska Trucking Association, ANWR, Dave Harbour, Oil and GasAlaska Trucking Association President Aves Thompson (NGP Photo) commented on the Obama Administration’s US Fish and Wildlife Service movement toward recommending a wilderness lock-up of oil and gas reserves adjacent to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System at Prudhoe Bay, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  We are also pleased to provide for reader reference, a reference to testimony given yesterday by Consumer Energy Alliance – Alaska president, Jason Brune and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce President Sami Glascott (NGP Photo).  Carl Portman presented the Resource Development Council for Alaska position, here.   We are delighted that an Alaska elected official testified, Representative Charisse Millett, but wish more elected legislators, mayors and assembly members would comment.  Here’s how to still provide a direct comment.  Please send us copies of comments to imbed here for future web searches (See upper left column, "Google" search for information and photos throughout our thousands of pages).  -dh

Obama Administration Defies Congress and Cancel’s BOEMRE/US Coast Guard Witness Appearance Before the House Natural Resources Committee.  "House Natural Resource CommitteeCongressman Doc Hastings by Dave Harbour, Northern Gas Pipelines, BOEMRE Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) announced that today’s Full Committee oversight hearing on the final report of the BOEMRE/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will be postponed until October 6, 2011 due to the Obama Administration’s last-minute refusal to allow investigation team members to testify."  

Karsten Rodvik of AIDEA alerted us to another relevant Alaska energy conference: " The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will hold the 2011 Rural Energy Conference September 27-29 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. This year marks the first time the conference takes place in Southeast Alaska. The 2011 theme is “Energy Pathways to Alaska’s Future.”   Here’s the link.

ADN by Lisa Demer.  In an indictment handed up this week by aMaggie Ahmaogak by Dave Harbour, NSB, North Slope Borough, Whaling Commission federal grand jury, Maggie Ahmaogak, 61, of Barrow and Anchorage, is accused of using whaling commission funds on various personal expenses: plane tickets, groceries, meals, utility bills, and medical fees. She’s also accused of using the funds to buy three snow machines and make a down payment on a Hummer. And, the indictment charges, she spent whaling commission money during gambling trips with a family member to New Orleans, Las Vegas and Washington state.