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2009 Archives

TODAY: Law Seminars International, 5th Annual Conference: “Energy in Alaska”

07 December 2009 8:12am

Attend the Law Seminars International, 5th Annual Conference: “Energy in Alaska”, December 7 & 8, Egan Civic & Convention Center, Anchorage.  The conference features: Michael C. Dotten, Esq., Program Co-Chair, David Marquez, Program Co-Chair, Tom Roberts, Esq., Heather H. Grahame, Esq.Svend Brandt-Erichsen, Esq.Joseph Balash (NGP Photo-r), Hon. Robert M. Pickett (NGP Photo), Mark D. Myers, Ph.D., Robert I. Shoaf, Esq., Kate Lamal, Todd G. Glass, Esq., Ethan G. Schutt, Esq., Sean Skaling, Joseph J. Perkins, Jr., Esq, Steven Findlay, Joseph M. Oglander, Esq., Bradford G. Keithley, Esq., Steven C. Borell, P.E.

AEA Releases Regional Integrated Resource Plan (RIRP) - Gas outlook.... (more coming later today)

04 December 2009 12:06pm

AEA release: The Regional Integrated Resource Plan (RIRP) is a 50-year, long-range plan that will identify combinations of generation and transmission (G&T) capital improvement projects in the Railbelt Region of Alaska.

Fairbanks News Miner by Dermot Cole.  The December edition of Business Monitor International’s  monthly review of oil in gas in North America has a grim assessment of the natural gas outlook.  The London-based publication says that Canadian companies such as Suncor Energy, EnCana and Enbridge Energy Partners are looking to sell some of their “noncore” natural gas production because of price concerns.  “Long-term US natural gas demand, particulary for Canadian imports, is also uncertain owing to the rise of unconventional gas production and the slower-than-expected shift from from coal to gas in power generation,” BMI said.  “The deteriorating US gas outlook  has already led to the halting of several liquefied natural gas projects (LNG), as well as stalling the progress of the Alaskan gas pipelines.”  The business report said the companies may have trouble unloading these assets on local buyers in Canada and the U.S. But the Chinese may be interested, it says.  “Access to Canada’s reserves could eventually allow Chinese companies to export gas back to their home as LNG,” BMI said.

More on Climate Change Hysteria

03 December 2009 10:01am

Houston Chronicle (12/2) reports, “Lawmakers on Wednesday began examining an array of ways to combat global warming, amid signs that the carbon dioxide emissions trading plan known as cap-and-trade may be faltering in the Senate. “We need to dispense with this somewhat blind loyalty to economy-wide cap-and-trade,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) of Alaska, one of a handful of Republicans who has signaled she might support a climate change bill. “We need to be encouraged to look to all of the alternatives, and, unfortunately, so many of them have just been kicked to the side with the discussion about cap-and-trade. We've kind of boxed ourselves in.” Murkowski's comments at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing came just days before President Obama heads to international climate negotiations in Copenhagen.

Thomas J. Pyle writes in the Washington Examiner (12/2), “At the height of its construction this past summer, the largest solar plant in the United States employed 400 workers. Now that it's complete, the DeSoto Solar Center in Arcadia, Florida, stakes claim to two – yes two – full time “green jobs.” 


Obama Administration Strikes Another Economic Blow Against Alaska - China Story Coming

02 December 2009 9:24am

 ...story coming Friday on this week's Alaska World Trade Center Luncheon Speaker, Consul General Gao Zhansheng.

BC Pipeline Bombings Still a Concern - What's New Between China and Alaska?

01 December 2009 4:19pm

 CBC.  RCMP have decided against opening a mobile detachment in Tomslake, B.C., to help catch the person responsible for six pipeline bombings in the area since October 2008.


Today's Alaska World Trade Center Luncheon Speaker, Consul General Gao Zhansheng spoke eloquently on the relationship between China and the U.S. ... and between China and Alaska.  See our earlier report on Chairman Wu Bangguo's (NGP Photo) visit to Anchorage with Governor Sean Parnell.  More tomorrow....

Climate What? Update on Global Warming Scandal/Fraud.

30 November 2009 7:28am

See last week's Global Warming Scandal/Fraud revelations, here.  Now, see what this week's scrutiny brings us, below.  

The Alaska Standard's Alex Gimarc (Photo-r) comments: The leak of 160 meg of e-mails, computer modeling code, spreadsheets and other data from East Anglia University’s Climate Research Unit has exposed over a decade of fraudulent climate science “proving” the existence of manmade global warming. It has thoroughly documented the complete corruption of the peer review process and corruption of the scientific journals used to publish those results. At this point, not only are the conclusions that there is global warming now in question, but the data that led to those conclusions now suspect. And the corruption exposed engulfs the scientific community, the scientific journals, the UN IPCC, several universities, and even Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren, who has and still is participating.

Kyle Smith writes (11/29) in the NY Post, “You wouldn’t jump from saying, “I believe young men commit a lot of the murders in this country” to “Let’s lock up all 17- to 25-year-old males,” though doing so would eliminate most of the problem. Cap-and-trade is a similar overreaction, a Tax on Everything, from snacks to Cadillacs. Every product that is made with carbon-based energy would be punished. The primary appeal of the plan to statists and their never-ending search for new revenue is its ninja-like stealth. Like Europe’s “Value Added Taxes” that are simply included in the price of everything, it wouldn’t be transparent, like a sales tax or an income tax. “It’s really big, really, really hard, and is going to make a lot of people mad,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat, said this week.  (Much more below....)

Blogger's imagination ... and, more on global unwarming, etc.

27 November 2009 10:01am

Thomas Lamb's Blog.  The Republican who heads up the federal agency overseeing the proposed construction of Alaska's natural gas pipeline is stepping down at the request of President Barack Obama.  Hmmmmm......

Enforcing Cap and Raid Abuse--and More! - How Natural Gas Was Formed...Abiotic Synthesis? - Salazar Defends Oil & Gas Program

25 November 2009 10:15am

SEE PAULA EASLEY'S (NGP Photo) ALASKA STANDARD PIECE: It has all the earmarks of a blockbuster thriller - greed, corruption, lust for power, obstruction of justice, and more. It's been called the biggest scandal in history. Organized scientific fraud. Cap-and-trade con game. A conspiracy. One thing the mainstream media hasn’t called it is news.  I’ve been riveted by the blogosphere's stunning "ClimateGate" revelations unfolding by the minute since November 20. It leaves me more disheartened than ever with the MSM’s long-standing failure to represent skeptics’ contention that CO2, a trace component of the atmosphere, never has and never will be capable of measurably affecting climate or weather anywhere on the planet.    ...  Greenwire (11/24, subs. req’d) reports, “House Republicans are asking a federal court to unseal the case file of a closed criminal matter in Southern California in which an air emissions credit trader sold fake credits to the tune of $12.5 million. Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.) say the details of the case should be released because they could offer a glimpse into how U.S. EPA will oversee criminal conduct under a national cap-and-trade system for global warming emissions.  ...  NY Times (11/25) reports, “The California Air Resources Board released a draft rule on Tuesday establishing a cap-and-trade program that sets a declining ceiling on emissions of greenhouse gases and allows companies to buy and sell permits to meet it. California’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. ... Washington Post (11/25) reports, “The percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening has dipped from 80 to 72 percent in the past year, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. … Still, even respondents such as Woolcott who favored a cap-and-trade bill questioned whether Americans would support a policy that could raise energy prices in the short term, given the current state of the economy. "Honestly, I don 't think the public's going to back it," she said. "Right now it's all they can do to pay their electric bill and put gas in their cars. You're asking me right now, and it's like, let's get through Thanksgiving and Christmas."  ...  Bloomberg (11/25) reports, “China blamed a “lack of good faith” on the part of developed nations for hampering talks on a treaty to fight global warming less than two weeks before the start of the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen. Yu did say China intends to plant 60 billion trees over the next 10 years to help combat pollution, increasing the country’s forested area by 40 million hectares by 2020. “These trees will play a carbon sink role in the years to come,” he said. China is the world’s biggest emitter of the gasses blamed for global warming and has resisted calls for specific goals on reducing carbon emissions, saying such measures would crimp economic growth.  ...  Robert Costa writes on National Review Online (11/24), “Later that month, McAleer threw another dart Gore’s way — his film Not Evil Just Wrong. The documentary takes aim at Gore’s role in ginning up global-warming hysteria.    ...    LA Times, by Margot Roosevelt.  California officials on Tuesday issued the nation's first blueprint for a broad-based cap-and-trade plan, an innovative and controversial effort to use market forces to control global warming.  The ambitious program would cap most of the state's greenhouse gases, including those from more than 600 power plants, refineries, cement plants and other big factories. It would allow companies to buy and sell emission allowances among themselves to reach an overall goal of cutting planet-warming pollutants 15% below today's levels by 2020.  ... Obama announces 2020 emissions target, Dec. 9 Copenhagen visit.

ANGDA Hosts Two Useful Energy Events - CIRI Wind Moves Ahead Despite Backdraft - Salazar Announces Lease Sales

24 November 2009 10:10am

1.  Last Friday, Chairman Mary Ann Pease (NGP Photo-r) conducted a Commonwealth North Energy Action Coalition meeting to hear a thorough briefing by the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative's (AVEC) Meera Kohler (NGP Photo-l).  The briefing occurred at the offices of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA).  

AVEC serves 7,500 facilities with 78 employees and 95 village technicians in 53 villages covering a population of 22,000 comprising what would be Alaska's 4th largest city after Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.  The AVEC customers comprise 44% of Alaska's village citizens.  Contributing to the complication of AVEC's mission is dealing with the extreme variation in served populations.  The average village served has 420 souls compared to Anchorage's almost 285,000 citizens.  

Kohler emphasized the goal of achieving efficiency and diversifying the sources of electric power, saying that rates among her cooperative members had increased from $1.29 Kwh in 2002 to $4.55 Kwh last year.  She said AVEC's Board of Directors has set forth goals to include the reduction of diesel use by 25% and elimination of half of AVEC's power plants over the next 10 years, along with a reduction of non-fuel costs by 10% over the same period.  Kohler seemed confident in meeting the goal, outlining AVEC's ambitious plans for grouping nearby villages to share power generation facilities and expanding the use of wind energy.  (More meeting photos will appear below.  -dh)

2.  Agency Briefing to the ANGDA Board of Directors B2F Pipeline Project.  ANGDA’s Project Purpose: “The B2F pipeline will deliver Cook Inlet natural gas to the Copper Valley, Delta Junction and Fairbanks, and will provide gas storage for Southcentral use.”


3.  CIRI Wind, ADN by Elizabeth Bluemink (NGP Photo).  Citing mismatched business goals as the reason for the split, the Anchorage Native corporation said that it and California-based EnXco, agreed to part ways in October. Until then, EnXco had been the developer of the 54-megawatt wind farm and CIRI's equity partner in the project.  CIRI said it hopes to sign a deal with another well-known wind farm developer in early December. CIRI can fund the project without an equity partner, if need be, said Ethan Schutt (NGP Photo), a CIRI vice president for land and energy.  The parting with EnXco has not caused the project's timeline to slip, CIRI spokesman Jim Jager said.  (See our original story.)


4.  DOI Decides to Schedule Lease Sales.  The Department of the Interior has scheduled 38 oil and natural gas lease sales for U.S. public lands in 2010, including a sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (NGP Photo) announced today.  “During the past year we have held 32 onshore lease sales, offering more than 2.7 million acres in the West and generating more than $126 million in revenue for American taxpayers,” Secretary Salazar said. “Next year will be just as busy with 37 quarterly sales for Western public lands and the first sale in nearly two years for tracks in the northern reaches of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Our nation needs a balanced and appropriate use of our conventional and renewable energy resources. That means oil, gas and coal will continue to play an important role in our energy mix, as we develop and expand the use of wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources.”   The Bureau of Land Management’s 37 quarterly oil and natural gas lease sales scheduled for 2010 will offer thousands of parcels in a dozen states, most in the West. The BLM’s Alaska State Office oil and gas lease sale will offer available tracts in the Northeast and a portion of the Northwest areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The sale is scheduled for August 11 in Anchorage, Alaska.  The last sale for the Reserve was held September 24, 2008.   BLM conducts its quarterly lease sales based on nominations received from industry.  These are evaluated to determine eligibility and availability for leasing before being delineated into individual parcels.  A preliminary parcel list is sent to sister agencies, such as the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for review and recommendations on which parcels to offer.   Since January of this year, the Bureau of Land Management has held 32 onshore lease sales that offered 2,346 parcels, covering 2.7 million acres, and sold 1,212 of those for $126 million.  BLM will hold four more lease sales this year, for a total of 36 for 2009.  Oil and gas leasing in the NPR-A is authorized under the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976, as amended.  Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statements have been prepared for both the Northeast and Northwest planning areas. 


...From the CWN meeting Friday at the ANGDA offices: