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April 2012 Archives

4-30-12

30 April 2012 2:39am

Petroleum News.  Canada sets limits (Full story) The Canadian government has drawn a clear line between the industry and its foes when it comes to handling regulatory applications for energy projects that are deemed to be in the “national interest.” Following through on a promise in the 2012-13 federal budget introduced in March, the administratio....

Administration blocking access to domestic oil production - Lancaster Eagle Gazette
We still import about 40 percent of the oil we use and stand alone as the ... With new and better leadership in Washington, US oil and gas production will ...

TransCanada profit falls as gas business struggles - Calgary Herald - Main callout pointer for calgaryheraldcom ... profit on Friday as the natural gastransport segment of the country's biggest pipeline company was punished by ... www.calgaryherald.com/business/energy-resources/.../story.ht...

 

4-29-12

29 April 2012 3:41am

Alaska House considering next step on special session - FairbanksJoe Dubler, AGDC, Alaska Gasline Development Authority, AHFC, Photo by Dave Harbour Daily News-Miner - He and other supporters say inaction on the bill will delay progress on an in-state gas pipeline. Joe Dubler (NGP Photo) with the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC, the group behind the in-state gas project, said the money provided to AGDC in the recently ...

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4-28-12 Texas and Alaska Can Lead In National Recovery

28 April 2012 2:17am

The Examiner, by Lawrence Wood.  Governor Gives In On Special Session.

Alaska Business Monthly.  Texas and Alaska Can Lead In National Recovery

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4-27-12

27 April 2012 6:28am

 EPA Representative Advocates "Crucification" of Citizens to Intimidate Others  

House researches, Senate waits for answers - Alaskajournal.com - As passed by the House, HB 9 creates the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. as an independent subsidiary of the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. with the authority to plan, design, build and operate a natural gas pipeline.
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From the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation:

AEDC is excited to announce the 2012 AEDC Resource Extraction 10-Year Project Projection will be released onMay 2nd at 4:30pm the Downtown Marriott Hotel sponsored by Northrim Bank. The report focuses on the current state and economic outlook of the mining and oil & gas industries over the next 10 years.

The event will feature addresses from Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Mark Begich who will share their thoughts on the oil & gas and mining opportunities in Alaska over the next decade from a federal perspective.

The research for the report was provided by North of 60 Mining News editor Shane Lasley and by Dan Dickinson under contract to Petroleum News and compiled by AEDC.  

This highly anticipated event drew over a hundred business professionals last year and is sure to draw an even larger crowd this year. AEDC will also release its 2011 Annual Reportfocusing on AEDC’s accomplishments and projects from 2011.

The AEDC Resource Extraction 10-Year Project Projection event will be held at the Downtown Marriott Hotel with doors opening at 4:30pm and program to follow at 5:00pm with hors d'oeuvres and no host bar.

Thank you to our sponsor Northrim Bank!

RSVP now!

Read last year's 2011 Resource Extraction 10-Year Project Projection here!


 

With all the talk on Capitol Hill and Main Street about gas prices, it is critical to start discussing ways of decreasing the demand for gasoline by weaning ourselves off oil—for our energy security and our national security. This ought to be top priority for all politicians, regardless of party. It starts with dealing in facts—not fiction—about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and its nonexistent role in lowering gas prices.
 
Republican lawmakers are planning a mix of public pressure and member-to-member schmoozing to build traction for including the Keystone XL oil pipeline in a final transportation programs bill. The House-approved transportation programs bill authorizes construction of the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline. The Senate's plan omits the measure, but GOP senators want it included in a compromise package and will make the case in upcoming bicameral talks.
 
Gas prices have been on the rise for the past month, and financial analysts speculate that the prices for gasoline per gallon may rise to as high as $5 per gallon by summertime. But who or what is to blame? Many right wing conservatives believe Obama is to blame for the gas prices’ dramatic increase since he has not come up with legislation preventing the prices from rising. They claim Obama should be actively doing more to lower the gas prices, but what exactly is Obama supposed to do?
 
A conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers on Thursday unveiled a $6.1 million advertising blitz in eight election swing states that accuses President Barack Obama of wasting billions of dollars on green energy. The 60-second ad from the Americans for Prosperity group accuses Obama of spending on green energy initiatives that have led to little job creation and says that some of that money has instead gone abroad.
 
A hearing being held Friday in Atlantic City will be the last chance for East Coast residents to speak their minds about a proposal to allow offshore drilling southeast of New Jersey.
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management is holding the last of eight hearings on the East Coast to accept public input on the proposed lifting of an offshore drilling ban. The hearing will be held 1 p.m., Friday in Room 301 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd.
 
Offshore federal regulators are bulking up enforcement staff and focusing more on industry safety results than on specific rules, the head of the new Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said at a meeting Thursday in Houston. Bureau Director James Watson said the agency will hire 28 additional engineers and 48 more inspectors as it works to strengthen its capabilities in overseeing the complex and quickly changing offshore drilling industry.
 
The Advocate: Deep-water drilling is dangerous (LTE)
As a member of the Deepwater Horizon Study Group, I believe the president and the Congress need to be aware of several points regarding the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 and what needs to happen next, short and long term. Offshore oil drilling now ongoing is extremely dangerous, has not universally incorporated what has been learned from 2010, and therefore continues to place the lives of hundreds of workers as well as the survival of coastal communities and the entire ecosystem at very high risk. This is calamity waiting to happen — to humans, to hundreds of species and to regional economies.

 

4-26-12 - Dave Harbour Says Texas and Alaska Can Lead In Economic Recovery

26 April 2012 4:20am

Times Record News by Lee Anderson. native Texan Dave Harbour, encouraged members of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers on Wednesday to continue challenging federal mandates imposed on the oil and gas industry and insisted that Texas and Alaska can lead the nation from "the brink of economic crisis back to prosperity."The former chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Torin Halsey/Times Record News  Dave Harbour addresses members of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Wednesday morning at the expo breakfast. Harbour is the commissioner emeritus of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners.Alaska, said "We can do it by controlling spending and developing domestic natural resources in time to save our children's generation from what could be a time of great adversity," Harbour told the crowd of several hundred at the annual TAEP breakfast in the Kay Yeager Coliseum.  (Note:  Later, we will upload the presentation.  We also had a pleasant, private exchange with American energy patriot, John Hofmeister, and will provide a little insight for readers along with photos.  In our presentation we noted that North Dakota is moving fast to assume Alaska's place as the second largest domestic oil producer--a spot that Alaska could easily defend with an improved investment climate and supportive federal policies.   -dh)

Torin Halsey/Times Record News Dave Harbour (above) addresses members of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Wednesday morning at the expo breakfast. Harbour is a commissioner emeritus of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners.
Times Record News by Lee Anderson.  The final day of theJohn Hofmeister, Dave Harbour, OCS, Texas Energy Alliance expo will get off to an early start today with the traditional breakfast featuring a presentation from Dave Harbour, commissioner emeritus of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, and publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines.  ...   The noon luncheon will be highlighted by a presentation from John Hofmeister (Photo-L), founder and chief executive of Citizens for Affordable Energy and the former president of Shell Oil Co.

 Oil discount, low gas prices weigh Q1 results of Calgary companies  -  Calgary Herald  -  CALGARY — The continued “double discount” of western Canadian crude oil, combined with further erosion in natural gas prices, will weigh heavily on first-quarter results from oil and gas producers, analysts say. Financial updates from Calgary-based ...

 Governor's Office.  The Senate should now move expeditiously on gasline legislation in HB 9.

Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) today signed a Governor Sean Parnell, HB 9, Oil Taxes, AGDC, Gas Pipeline, Alaska, Photo by Dave Harboursupplemental proclamation that removes oil and gas production taxes from consideration by the Alaska Legislature during this special session. The Senate must still take up gasline legislation, House Bill 9, for the Legislature to complete its work in the special session.   ...   The Senate should now move expeditiously on gasline legislation in HB 9. The bill carries long-term statewide benefits, both for rural and urban areas, through new energy, more jobs, and greater state revenue. HB 9 remains bottled up in the Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee. Changes to HB 9 suggested to senators by the sponsor, Speaker Mike Chenault, will ensure the state can move forward to unlock natural gas for Alaskans’ benefit.

 HOUSTON, TX –Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is pleased to welcome Great Plains- The Camelina Companyas its newest affiliate member.

 

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4-25-12 - Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

25 April 2012 3:40am

Commentary:  Our friend, Consultant Paul Ziff Paul Ziff, Energy Consultant, Shale Gas, Photo by Dave Harbour(NGP Photo), sent us his new paper yesterday, “Natural Gas Under Siege”.  He says that in today’s price environment, every MCF of gas produced increases a producer’s financial loss.  If one adds to that scenario, desire of the Feds to overregulate shale, the loss to producers and production decline will be exacerbated.  -dh

Today, your author has the pleasure of addressing the annual meeting of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.     -dh 

Membership Breakfast Speaker:
Dave Harbour, Texas Energy Alliance, Wichita SpringsDave Harbour, Commissioner Emeritus, Author, Regulator, Lobbyist
Membership Breakfast Featured Speaker: Dave Harbour, of Anchorage, Alaska, former Chairman Alaska Regulatory Commission, commissioner Emeritus of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners and Publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, will discuss the vital role for Texas and Alaska in the security and economic health of the United States. The breakfast begins at 7:30 am on April 25, 2011.
 
 
Industry Luncheon Speaker:  John Hofmeister,  Former President, Shell Oil Company
John Hofmeister, Dave Harbour, OCS, Texas Energy AllianceJohn Hofmeister, the former President of Shell Oil Company, delivers straight talk about the oil and gas industry. Since retiring in 2008, Hofmeister has been working for a better understanding of the oil business by the public and vice versa. He has written a book, “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an energy insider.” He organized the Citizens for Affordable Energy that promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for America.
 

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4-24-12

24 April 2012 8:36am

Glouster Times by Richard Gaines.  The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, backed by a national coalition that ranges from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association, is urging a shutoff to all funding geared toward implementation of a National Ocean Policy created by an executive order signed by President Obama, rather than congressional action.

4-22-12

23 April 2012 7:46am

Scroll down to yesterday's post, "Is Alaska's Legislature Making A Big Mistake?"

The Export Council for Alaska -- with support from Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska -- has endorsed improvement by the obama Administration and the Alaska Legislature of the Alaska investment climate.

Calgary Herald.  Encana Corp said Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corp will buy a royalty interest in its southern Alberta natural gas field for C$602 million ($606.2 million) as depressed dry gas prices force the company to cut spending or look for partners.  (We ask, "Could Toyota have bargained for Alaska gas, or is it less competitive?"  -dh)

 

Industry Luncheon Speaker:  John Hofmeister,  Former President, Shell Oil Company
John Hofmeister, Dave Harbour, OCS, Texas Energy AllianceJohn Hofmeister, the former President of Shell Oil Company, delivers straight talk about the oil and gas industry. Since retiring in 2008, Hofmeister has been working for a better understanding of the oil business by the public and vice versa. He has written a book, “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an energy insider.” He organized the Citizens for Affordable Energy that promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for America.
 
Membership Breakfast Speaker:
Dave Harbour, Texas Energy Alliance, Wichita SpringsDave Harbour, Commissioner Emeritus, Author, Regulator, Lobbyist
Membership Breakfast Featured Speaker: Dave Harbour, of Anchorage, Alaska, former Chairman Alaska Regulatory Commission, commissioner Emeritus of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners and Publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, will discuss the vital role for Texas and Alaska in the security and economic health of the United States. The breakfast begins at 7:30 am on April 25, 2011.

 

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4-22-12 - Is Alaska's Legislature Making A Big Mistake?

22 April 2012 7:08am

Today, we are pleased to provide you with a link to Tom Brennan's important commentary... embellished a bit with our own.  -dh

Tom Brennan, Alaska oil taxes, Snowflake Rebellion, Photo by Dave Harbour

Commentary: Tom Brennan's (NGP Photo) commentary below, notes that the Alaska Legislature seems enamored with providing tax credits to companies that explore new, potential petroleum reservoirs on Alaska state lands (i.e. most 'explorers' are relatively new to Alaska and have expressed publicly or privately a concern that if they do discover anything, production in this tax climate will be difficult or impossible).  State law provides subsidies for explorers by over taxing the so-called legacy producers, the three large oil companies, whose risk and diligence caused Alaska to benefit so greatly from Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, Alaska Oil Taxes, ACES, Photo by Dave HarbourAlaska North Slope production.  The short-sightedness of the Legislature's oil wealth redistribution is exposed below, when Brennan points out the significant new production that the three major producers (i.e. and the state)  could monetize from existing reservoirs.  We concur that the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) throughput could be sustained for many decades were the tax and investment climate in Alaska to be fully competitive with other oil producing areas--and not among the worst taxing regimes in the free world.  Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) has exercised his leadership and recommended tax reform to the Alaska State Senate, whose republican and democrat coalition leaders continue to vigorously oppose.  

Alaska also has serious challenges with the Federal Government's bending, breaking, abusing the rule of law whenever possible to delay and stop reasonable and traditional natural resource development in Alaska on federal lands.   Governor Sean Parnell and his Attorney General have consistently opposed federal overreach via public comment periods, defensive lawsuits and through use of the "bully pulpit".  Brennan's book, Snowflake Rebellion, anticipates a day in which Alaskans rebel against federal oppression.  

While a Snowflake Rebellion might save Alaska from its federal masters in Washington, it will take a different sort of rebellion to save Alaska from its own, elected leaders.  The first rebellion could be thought of as an "us vs. them" conflict, as in colonial days.  The second rebellion would more closely resemble a civil conflict, as in President Lincoln's day.   Both the state and the federal challenges require the honest analysis, courage and decisive action of citizens to overcome.  -dh

Anchorage Daily Planet by Tom Brennan (NGP Photo).  Any legislator who votes to provide ACES tax relief to Tom Brennan, Anchorage Daily Planet, Snowflake Rebellion, Photo by Dave Harbourcompanies making new North Slope discoveries - but deny it to the legacy field owners - owes the Alaska public an explanation.  This state and its people have a lot at stake in the dispute. The legacy fields are Alaska's heritage, the heart of any future economy. The fields still contain an estimated 4 billion barrels of recoverable oil. The current value of that oil at $120 a barrel is $480 billion. The state's royalty share alone - not counting its tax take - comes to about $85 billion, twice the size of the Alaska Permanent Fund. State taxes of various kinds would reap many billions more.   The state’s tax grab involves esoteric numbers like net profit so I can’t calculate that. But it is safe to say that the total, including royalties, would double or triple that $85 billion.  For reasons that have not been explained, many legislators refuse to pass legislation that would encourage full and prompt development of that resource. They simply say the lower taxes could reduce the state's immediate take by a billion or two a year.  (More....)

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2-20-12

20 April 2012 10:35pm

 Petroleum News.  Pipe dreams showdown  04/22/2012   The all-out contest to open new markets for Alberta crude oil producers, who are losing an estimated C$18 billion a year because of current export bottlenecks, and the battle against the rising tide of pipeline projects has reached a crescendo. Kinder Morgan has emerged from virtual obscurity with p....