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8-7-14 NIMBY and "palpable tensions" among stakeholders

07 August 2014 4:46am

A Fairbanks columnist (i.e. below) admits a conflict of interest -- then opposes a pipeline gravel site possibly needed for a gas pipeline that could lower Fairbanks consumer energy costs.  

It is a classic example of NIMBY, "Not In My Back Yard".  We do not suggest it is improper for a columnist to pen commentary.  Neither do we proclaim NIMBY to be a 'bad' thing.  We do suggest NIMBY is a reality upon which pipeline 'stakeholder relations' professionals must concentrate.  

There is a palpable tension among various special interests: affected neighbors, consumers-at-large, pipeline engineers, local and state politicians and the ticking clock which calculates rising costs of delay just as surely as it tells the time.  -dh

Fairbanks News Miner by Kris Capps.  Two areas in the borough are being considered as possible material sites, or gravel pits, for an in-state gas pipeline, and the Denali Borough wants to know what residents think about it.  ...  In the interest of full disclosure, readers should know this is my neighborhood, and I own a home on Karma Ridge.  ... The thought of our one-lane neighborhood road becoming a major route for truckloads of materials causes me great concern.

Doc Hastings, Natural Resources Committee, EPA Overreach, Dave Harbour PhotoYesterday, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers voicing strong concerns over the Corps’ settlement this week with Columbia Riverkeeper, a group that for years has sued the federal government and favors removal of Northwest dams. The settlement, which involves payment of over $140,000 in taxpayer-funded attorneys’ fees to the plaintiff, would vastly expand the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over Army Corps’ dam operations nationwide. These dams, especially those in the Pacific Northwest, are the major source of clean, renewable electricity, irrigation, flood control, and navigation.

“Incredibly, I understand that no one other than U.S. Department of Justice or Army Corps lawyers were made aware of the terms of this sweeping settlement before it was finalized, and signed by a judge.  Like an increasing number of the Obama Administration’s ‘sue and settle’ agreements over the past few years, this settlement was negotiated behind closed-doors by the Justice Department with a litigious group without consultation or input from those most directly impacted,” wrote Chairman Hastings in the letter. Of great concern is the likely precedent that this decision could have relating to the EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Water Act, relating to the operation and maintenance of federal and non-federal dams, irrigation and maintenance of a vital navigational link on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. This comes amidst the EPA’s hugely controversial ‘Waters of the U.S.’ proposal, which could shut down a host of water development projects and make it easier for litigious groups to sue to block them. I would request an immediate and thorough explanation of the Army Corps’ rationale and details of its actions relative to this settlement, not just to Congress, but also to all affected state, local tribal and other stakeholders that have an interest in the Army Corps’ dam operations nationwide.”


7-11-14 Native Leaders Support SB 21 - Is Enbridge Alaska's Newest Pipeline Sweetheart?

11 July 2014 6:50am

Did You Read It Here First?  Last Night The Globe & Mail Posted News Involving A Relationship Between One of Canada's Greatest Pipeline Companies And The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.

Globe & Mail by Shawn McCarthy.  

Enbridge Inc. is turning its eyes north to Alaska, entering talks with the state to build an $8-billion (U.S.) natural gas pipeline there if a competing project falters.

The Calgary energy company and the state-owned Alaska Gas Development Corp. (AGDC) “are undertaking substantive and exclusive discussion” which would see Enbridge become the builder and operator for the 1,163-kilometre pipeline. It would carry natural gas from the North Slope to Fairbanks and other communities in southern Alaska.

ADN Opinion Editorial, by Rex A. Rock Sr. (NGP Photo), Aaron Schutt, Sophie Minich, Helvi Sandvik, Jason Metrokin, Gail Schubert.  

Rex Rock, SB 21, ASRC, Alaska Native Corporation, Photo by Dave HarbourMany Alaskans may wonder why six of the largest Native corporations have united behind the effort to defeat Ballot Measure 1. Those who know little about us might assume it’s because some of the coalition members have business interests aligned with the oil industry. But that is too simple an answer. We did not enter into this conversation lightly.

As First Alaskans, our people have learned for generations to use and protect the resources that surround us. We have learned that to provide for future generations – for tomorrow’s children to have the same opportunities we enjoy – hard decisions must be made today.

We have listened carefully to the debate surrounding tax reform and weighed its benefits and drawbacks. We have also allowed ourselves the time to determine if the oil industry’s promises of increased investment were genuine. Some of our businesses are in the oil industry and some are not. What we have seen is an increase in investment into our oil industry, aimed at getting new oil in the pipeline. While that may be good for some of our businesses, it is good for all Alaskans. Our corporations collectively employ thousands of Alaskans and our employees support small Alaska businesses and the overall economy. New investments increase our opportunity to put new oil in the pipeline. Extending the life of our oil fields translates into continued contributions to our state treasury and the services the state provides to Alaskans for the long-term.



7-8-14 Fairbanks is 'gearing up' for a 'deluge of affordable, clean-burning natural gas'.

08 July 2014 7:35am

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Fairbanks News Miner by Matt Buxton.  Utilities, state agencies and local leaders are gearing up for what they say will be a great deluge of affordable, clean-burning natural gas into the Fairbanks area.  Crews are busily installing service lines, utilities are boasting of grand plans for expansion, there are town halls on the subject and local politicians are patting themselves on the back.


7-5-14 Alaska Gasline Agreement Signed

06 July 2014 8:05pm

Governor's Website – Citing significant progress on an Alaska gasline that gets Alaska’s gas to Alaskans and markets beyond, Governor Sean Parnell welcomed news that a formal commercial agreement has been signed between the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and TransCanada to advance the Alaska LNG Project.

“Environmental and pipeline engineering fieldwork has officially begun,” Governor Parnell said. “I am pleased all parties continue to make progress on building an Alaska gasline project that will create thousands of Alaska jobs and fuel Alaska homes and businesses. This milestone marks the historic progress we have made on a gasline. Our way forward will continue to be on Alaska’s terms and in Alaskans’ interests.”

The Alaska LNG Project has fully entered the Pre-Front End Engineering and Design (Pre-FEED) phase – a milestone no previous Alaska gasline project has achieved. During the Pre-FEED phase, the producer parties will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on design and engineering of the project. In the coming weeks, the project will begin to work to secure an export license with the Department of Energy and continue permitting work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Each producer party, in addition to the state, will begin to engage the LNG sales market during this phase.


5-18-14 A New Gas Pipeline Plan

18 May 2014 3:10pm

ADN by Dermot Cole.  

Juneau Empire by Matt Woolbright.  One of the top executives for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is leaving less than two weeks after a new law was signed advancing a proposed natural gas pipeline.  Administrative Services Director Deborah Bitney joined AGDC ....

Construction on the natural gas pipeline is expected to start in 2016, with the goal of delivering fuel by the middle of 2019.

No, not that gas pipeline.

Developers of the Donlin Gold project have applied for a right of way in Southcentral Alaska for a 315-mile pipeline to transmit Cook Inlet natural gas to their proposed gold mine near Crooked Creek, about 280 miles west of Anchorage.




23 April 2014 6:49am

TODAY: Commonwealth North Series Discussion on Alaska's Investment in a Natural Gas Pipeline, noon, in Anchorage.  Register here.

BP, Nana, Kara Dunphy, Fred Elvsaas, Big Lake, module, prudhoe bayIn our continuing effort to document the effect of oil industry investment on the Alaska economy, we provide this information and link from the Prudhoe Bay Gathering Center 2 module, under construction at the NANA Development Corp Big Lake facility; we thank Dawn Patience of BP Alaska for this information.  (Photo left, BP Lead Project Engineer Kara Dunphy and Nana Development Project Manager Fred Elvsaas, son of an old friend from Seldovia, Ak.)  -dh

BP Welder, Dustin Cook, Big Lake, GC2 Module, NANA, Prudhoe Bay, Northern Gas Pipelines Website, Photo Courtesy of Dawn Patience, BP AlaskaPrudhoe Bay GC2 Module: $13.5 million GC2 truckable module, is a debottlenecking module that will improve the gas handling capability of an existing low pressure separator module at Gathering Center 2, which will add about 2,000 bopd (Photo: Welder Dustin Cook working on GCw Module). This is the first fundamental step for increasing capacity of GC2 and a necessary step before additional development can take place. The module, a pressure safety valve (PSV) relief system, is under construction at the NANA Big Lake facility will ship to the Slope in April for installation during summer turnarounds. BP continues to look for opportunities to optimize production through improving operations efficiencies, and planned maintenance. BP’s debottlenecking projects fall into three categories: debottlenecking process fluid changes (like this module), pipeline work, and secondary recovery through improved water management.

Workforce: Construction started in the fall of 2013, employing 79 people, and six subcontractors at the NANA Development Corp. Big Lake facility.
Location: NANA Construction Services
2053 S Mlakar Cir, Big Lake, AK 99652
(907) 892-3389, Fred Elvsaas Project manager

Sean Parnell, Governor, Alaska, Gas Pipeline, Photo by Dave Harbour, AGDCUPI.  Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) said the passage of a bill making the state a partner with the private sector on a gas pipeline was an "historic moment" for the state.  

Natural Gas Intelligence by Joe Fisher.  Alaska lawmakers on Sunday gave their OK for the state to take a 25% ownership interest in a pipeline and liquefied natural gas liquefaction and export project that would commercialize the state's long-stranded North Slope natural gas reserves.

U.S. Energy Information Administration: Annual Energy Outlook 2014, Issues in Focus.  "Implications of lower natural gas prices on industrial production".  This article discusses the projected effect on industrial output under alternative cases using assumptions of higher or lower global oil prices or higher and lower estimates of technically recoverable crude oil and natural gas resources than those in the Reference case. The analysis reviews broader economic impacts of energy price changes, such as trade, and the resulting industry effects.

Energy In Depth, News Roundup.  

Hydrocarbons have made the earth cleaner, not dirtier. Daily Caller. “The inconvenient truth for environmentalists who oppose oil and gas is that, thanks to hydraulic fracturing, U.S. carbon emissions are at their lowest level in 20 years,” Steve Everley, spokesman for Energy In Depth, told TheDCNF. “You cannot credibly argue that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the single greatest challenge facing humankind, and then turn around and oppose the technologies that are actually reducing those emissions.”
Morning Energy. Politico Pro. Energy In Depth has a video out highlighting how the gas boom helps lower U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1gObDQm.
The oil and gas industry is just like slavery, didn't you know? Washington Examiner. An anti-fracking activist and former Environmental Protection Agency “whistleblower” compared the fossil fuel industry to slavery during a debate Monday at Colorado Christian University. NOTE: EID’s Simon Lomax was also at this debate. “When the claims of environmental lobby groups are contradicted over and over and over again by authoritative sources from outside of the oil and gas industry,” Lomax said, “it tells you this debate is being driven by political ideology, not the facts.” NOTE: The Daily Caller, The Blaze, and Colorado Peak Politics also report.  
'Shale-abration' coming soon to Guernsey County. Daily Jeffersonian. In addition to OOGEEP, Energy in Depth Ohio, Ohio Oil & Gas Association and the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association will be there to help celebrate and explain oil and gas development and dispel myths and rumors. Exhibitors will be on hand with informational handouts and company representatives to answer your questions.
U.S. CO2 Emissions at Lowest Level in 20 Years, Thanks to Shale. CNS News. Something to celebrate this Earth Day: carbon dioxide emissions in the United States are at their lowest level in twenty years, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) credits shale development and hydraulic fracturing technologies with this positive development.
Shale will be top revenue driver for oil field services in 2014. Houston Chronicle/Fuel Fix. Oil and natural gas locked in U.S. shale rock will account for most of the revenue flowing to more than half of oil field services firms and 40 percent of independent producers this year, a global survey found this week.
Union Support for Hydraulic Fracturing Enrages Foes. Associated Press. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process. “The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families,” said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers’ International Union, or LIUNA, which represents workers in numerous construction trades.
Temporary Housing Camps Gain Ground. Wall Street Journal. Target Logistics, a Boston-based builder and operator of dormitory-style housing, recently landed a nearly $30 million contract to provide lodging for hundreds of oil-field workers in North Dakota over the next three years.
Energy stocks hit 52-week highs as boom rolls on. CNBC. The domestic oil boom has been well-chronicled—just last week, the Energy Information Administration said the Gulf Coast churned out a record 207.2 million barrels of oil—but the halo effect on related sectors is just being felt.
Next disruptive shale technology will improve recoveries. Platts. Technologies that will increase the low rate of ultimate recoveries in shale plays are the next disruptive forces in US oil and gas production, experts said Tuesday in Washington.


US energy chief on Ukraine: Don't count out its resources, US know-how. Christian Science Monitor. The Ukraine crisis presents the country with an opportunity to boost its domestic energy production with the help of American expertise, says US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, in a Monitor interview. US experts will support Ukraine natural gas production and energy efficiency as part of a crisis support package announced Tuesday.
Ukraine’s Unpaid Gas Bills Dwarf U.S. Aid Offer. Bloomberg. Ukraine’s best hope for keeping furnaces and factories running through next winter is to store as much natural gas as it can after a U.S. aid pledge fell far short of the nation’s needs.
UK Pushing G7 for Shale to Loosen Russia Energy Grip. International Business Times. The British government is going to use the G7 meeting in May to urge ministers to focus on diversifying domestic energy networks, such as through shale gas and nuclear power, to pry away Russia's grip on supplies.
Global Shale Market to Boost to 17,201.6 Billion Cubic Feet by 2019 – Study. RiaNovosti. The global shale gas market is expected to reach 17,201.6 billion cubic feet in 2019, showed a report by Transparency Market Research. The global production of shale gas will go from 10,138.2 billion cubic feet in 2012 to 17,201.6 billion cubic feet by 2019, growing 7,9 percent, the report said.


Mark Zoback: We need good science, good engineering, good regulations. Los Angeles Times, Q&A. Mark Zoback — Stanford geophysicist since 1984, member of the National Academy of Engineering's Deepwater Horizon investigation committee, personal "decarbonizer," hydraulic fracturing expert — sees the problems and the potential for California. Zoback's bumper sticker might read something like this: "Fracking — Do it, but do it right."
Oil and gas industry generates thousands of jobs in California, report finds. Los Angeles Times. The oil and gas industry creates about 49,000 jobs in Los Angeles County and billions of tax revenue in California. That's according to a new report conducted by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. and commissioned by the trade group Western States Petroleum Association.
San Benito activists try to put HF bans on Nov. ballot. KSBW News. San Benito County residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing are trying to place a ban on any kind of oil and natural gas extraction on the November ballot.


Sovereign to sue Broomfield over HF ban. Colorado Daily. Oil and gas company Sovereign plans to sue Broomfield to bypass the city's controversial, voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing. Sovereign planned in 2013 to drill new wells in Broomfield but was not able to because voters in November narrowly approved a ban on HF.
Hydraulic fracturing ban could be on the Ballot. KKCO News. Hydraulic fracturing in Colorado has been an ongoing debate for several years but after Longmont passed a ban on HF the debate has heated up once again. This time voters could see a proposal for a Statewide ban on the November ballot.
Shale firms boosted by trespass law change report. Proactive Investors. Shares in UK shale gas explorers rose today as the government indicated the Queen’s Speech would include changes to the trespass law to make exploration easier. According to the BBC, shale firms will be able to drill horizontally without the need for landowner approval, though they will still need to get planning permission while landowners will also get compensation.


Most Americans don't know where their oil comes from, Vox reports. Times-Picayune. Vox reports that most Americans have a skewed perception of where the country's oil imports actually come from. Louisiana is seeing the results of the boom firsthand, with increased oil and gas activity offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as well as more than $62 billion in planned industrial investments prompted by historic lows in natural gas prices.
LSU professors explain, research hydraulic fracturing. Eyewitness News. Community members in St. Tammany Parish have started an online petition against a proposed drilling project, and several leaders are making moves to publicly object the drilling work, but many are still curious about the process, as well as its risk and benefits.


Dayton says he can’t impose frac sand moratorium. Associated Press. Gov. Mark Dayton says he lacks authority to impose a two-year moratorium on silica sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Mining opponents delivered a moratorium petition to St. Paul Tuesday as part of an Earth Day rally at the Capitol.

Upstream, oilfield services firms have growing revenue in shale. Pittsburgh Business Times. Shale-related business is becoming an increasingly larger portion of revenue for oilfield services and upstream companies, according to a survey released Monday.
Noble Energy yearlong management transition begins Tuesday. Pittsburgh Business Times. Noble Energy Inc., one of the biggest players in the Marcellus Shale, will start its yearlong management transition beginning Tuesday. That's the day that David L. Stover, Noble's president and chief operating officer, will be elected to the board of directors following Noble's annual meeting.
Opponents of Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project to hold organizational meeting. Lebanon Daily News. Landowners and environmentalists in Lebanon County are organizing to oppose construction of a pipeline that would transport Marcellus Shale gas from the county's northern end to its southern border and beyond.
New York municipalities call for extended moratorium. Albany Business Review. Representatives from Elected Officials to Protect New York, a group of more than 800 local elected officials from across the state, spoke out Tuesday in favor of extending the state's moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
Group seeks candidates’ pledge for moratorium. Times-Leader. While many legislators and candidates have said Pennsylvania needs more rules and taxes on natural gas production, environmentalists believe the potential harm associated with extracting natural gas requires a moratorium take place until they are sure it can be done safely.
Hydraulic fracturing fight dominates Earth Day in Albany. Capital New York. Despite a long moratorium, hydraulic fracturing was the dominant topic on Earth Day at the state Capitol, with both sides of the debate citing the environmental holiday. A group of elected officials from around the state held a press conference to highlight the growing number of municipal bans.
Bill to prevent Conn. from taking wastewater should be passed. Daily Campus, Editorial. While Connecticut doesn’t have any shale deposits suitable for natural gas drilling, there is a possibility that the state could house the waste from hydraulic fracturing. We have three companies with plants capable of processing HF waste in Connecticut. Hopefully, the legislature will pass the bill and prevent waste from becoming an issue in our state.

Analysis: Higher Ohio Severance Tax Wouldn’t Slow Producers. Natural Gas Intelligence. An analysis conducted by Ernst & Young LLP (EY) on behalf of a trade group representing top executives from Ohio's leading businesses has concluded that a proposed severance tax increase would leave its effective rate the lowest among the nation's leading oil and gas producing states.
Local Vendors Benefiting From Drilling Boom. Wheeling Intelligencer. Eagle Manufacturing soon will hire about 25 additional employees as it prepares to roll out a new spill containment system for oil and gas drilling rig sites, according to its CEO, Joe Eddy.
Salem prepares drilling measure. Salem Morning Journal News. An ordinance to create a monitoring program related to any drilling and disposal of oil and gas wastes in the city is being forwarded to city council. The Rules and Ordinance Committee chaired by Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey voted 3-0 Tuesday to recommend the proposed ordinance for council's consideration, pending a review by Law Director Brooke Zellers.
Youngstown voters must not jump on anti-HF wagon. Youngstown Vindicator. Nothing has changed on the legal front from last year when proponents of the anti-HF amendment to the Youngstown Home Rule Charter twice failed to win voter approval. And yet, the misnamed Community Bill of Rights is back on the ballot in Youngstown in the May primary.

Hydraulic fracturing fracas. Oklahoma Gazette, Op-Ed. No one can deny the historical and economic importance of the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma. It has created jobs. It has paid taxes that have funded schools and road projects. It has helped fuel the growth of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. But that doesn’t mean its success doesn’t have a recent growing downside or that Oklahomans should ignore it.


Texas expected to out produce all but one of the OPEC nations this year. San Antonio Business Journal. Benefiting from the booming Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin, Texas likely will best the oil output of every OPEC country but Saudi Arabia by year-end, says a top exploration official at ConocoPhillips, a key acreage holder in both of those oil-and-gas formations. NOTE: The Houston Chronicle also reports.
Eagle Ford touted as ‘greatest energy success story’. Houston Chronicle/Fuel Fix. The Eagle Ford Shale has the greatest potential of all U.S. shale fields — and could help Texas become the world’s second-largest producer of oil, behind Saudi Arabia, according to one of Tuesday’s speakers at the Eagle Ford Consortium conference here.
Magnum Hunter exits Canada to focus on Marcellus, Utica shale plays. Houston Business Journal. Houston-based Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. (NYSE: MHR) will sell the last of its Canadian assets for about $67.5 million to focus on the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in West Virginia and Ohio.
ConocoPhillips cuts truck traffic on Eagle Ford roads. San Antonio Business Journal. ConocoPhillips — one of the largest acreage holders in the Eagle Ford Shale — has slashed by 40 percent the share of oil it ships out of the booming petroleum play via truck, according to a top official.
Annual conference aims to tackle Eagle Ford Shale challenges. KSAT. The third-annual Eagle Ford Consortium continued Tuesday with state and local officials meeting with leaders in the oil and gas industry. Among the topics of discussion were the challenges facing rural communities impacted by the economic growth of the Eagle Ford Shale.
Nuns take on Chevron over drilling concerns. Houston Business Journal. An order of Catholic nuns and other shareholders are calling Chevron Corp. and others to task for their potentially harmful use of hydraulic fracturing and an alleged lack of transparency.
Jury Awards Texas Family $2.9M For Nuisance Claim. Law 360. A Texas jury on Tuesday awarded $2.925 million to a family who alleged they suffered problems because of natural gas wells drilled in the Barnett Shale by Aruba Petroleum Inc. on neighboring property, finding Aruba intentionally created a private nuisance.

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