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10-17-14 Pipeline Hopes Spring Eternal

17 October 2014 5:30am

Pipeline Hopes Spring Eternal

by

Dave Harbour

CBC News.  Premier Brian Gallant will use a four-day trip to Alberta to meet with business and political leaders to show his new government’s support for the Energy East pipeline.

Gallant and Energy Minister Donald Arseneault will leave for Alberta on Sunday and he will meet with Premier Jim Prentice, TransCanada Corp. officials and spend time drumming up possible investment opportunities

​The Calgary Herald provides a report by the Canadian Press' Ross Marowitz this morning describing opposition in Quebec originating from the province's largest gas distributor, Gaz Metro to TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project. 

U.S. and Canadian energy companies employ best practices in the world for exploration, development transportation and distribution, refining and marketing of oil and gas.  Complex as it is, our companies can easily design, build and operate state-of-art facilities.  Those facilities produce wealth for our countries, our companies, our citizens and an economic platform for the coming generations.

No, building facilities is easy compared with the political and regulatory challenges.  

In the U.S., politics almost 4 decades ago caused the two governments to choose an Alaska Highway route for moving Alaskan and Mackenzie Delta gas to market.  The less politically popular Arctic Gas project, a 27-member consortium at its zenith, would have done the job more efficiently.  TransCanada was one of its principle members.  The politically chosen project was never built.

In mid-1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew provided the final, tie-breaking U.S. Senate vote that allowed construction of the trans Alaska oil pipeline to begin.  Imagine how history would have changed had the politicians erred by one vote--sending that project to the scrap heap.

Now, one witnesses support from the American people, from affected states and even from the U.S. State Department for building TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, creating thousands of jobs and increasing the North American supply of crude oil.  That which is exported provides valuable foreign exchange and less dependency for crude oil on less friendly regimes.  But the White House refuses to allow the international project to go forward for purely political reasons: his environmental activist friends oppose it. 

Imagine how history without this pipeline will affect the wealth of citizens, companies, states and the national economies of Canada and the United States.  Imagine this being done by an administration presiding over an accumulated deficit now approaching the unfathomable level of $18 trillion, a debt per taxpayer of plus or minus $153,000.  Not to mention national defense implications and an injured relationship between two of the world's greatest friends and trading partners.

While the Keystone XL pipeline proponent, TransCanada, awaits final word from the U.S. on that project it is furiously seeking to create another outlet for prolific Alberta oil sands production and make best use of an underused gas pipeline.

We made reference, yesterday, to the $12 billion Energy East project, designed to convert a natural gas pipeline with spare (i.e. unused) capacity into a fully used oil line.

Marowitz noted in his report that it, "...would be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Canadian history, crossing six provinces and traversing 4,600 kilometres in total. Roughly two-thirds of it would make use of underused natural gas pipe that's already in the ground, with new pipe being built through Quebec and New Brunswick. The idea is to connect oilsands crude to eastern refineries and to export some of the oil by tanker."

He concludes with a Deloitte study conclusion that the gas to oil pipe conversion, "...will boost the Canadian GDP by $35 billion over 20 years, add $10 billion in taxes, support 10,000 jobs and help eastern refineries.

When TransCanada files its application to proceed with the National Energy Board (i.e. NEB, Canada's counterpart to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC) Gaz Metro is likely to file in opposition to the project, partly on the basis that the underused TransCanada gas line currently provides the extra gas needed during high demand, winter months.  One can envision a protracted, contested TransCanada application that can cause delay, raise costs and reduce value to taxpayers and ratepayers alike.  We would hope Gaz Metro, on behalf of its consumers, would work out a private compromise with TransCanada that would be mutually acceptable.  We would hope, too, that TransCanada would be flexible enough to join in a cooperative effort to resolve differences around a bargaining table rather than before an expensive and unpredictable regulatory, tribunal.  Just look at the NEB's propensity to attach unpredictable and costly "conditions" to application approvals that could cause significant angst and expense for project proponents (e.g. Just 'Google', "conditions NEB pipeline").

TransCanada is also the big-inch gas pipeline member of the Alaska LNG Project consortium attempting to build a pipeline/LNG project designed to transport long-stranded Alaska North Slope Gas to Asian markets.  This is the most feasible concept now that the gas shale phenomenon has precluded the need for Mackenzie Valley and Alaska Highway gas pipelines (i.e. In both projects, TransCanada played a leading role).

One can imagine the tension that must exist in the TransCanada board room with three world class pipeline projects all teetering between approval and rejection amid tumultuous world tensions in a volatile regulatory, political, price, supply and demand environment!

If none of the three projects moves forward, that will be a big problem for shareholders since so much development cost will be written off and/or shared with existing pipeline ratepayers.

If all three projects were to receive market place and political and regulatory approvals, that in and of itself would be a huge challenge for TransCanada to manage in the coming decade.

Management of multiple mega projects poses a huge variety of challenges, including but not limited to: 1) transitioning from a baby boomer, experienced pipeline workforce to a vast generation of new workers; 2) giving existing pipeline maintenance, marketing and construction adequate attention; 3) convincing Alaska partners and other project stakeholders that it has the resources to manage all the projects in a somewhat similar timeframe; 4) conducting three world class stakeholder engagement programs both prior to, during and following construction; and 5) managing state, provincial and federal regulatory filings and disputes in both countries and across many states and provinces; and 6) dealing with limited, worldwide big inch pipe manufacturing and other logistical capabilities.

Having worked with and known TransCanada for a long time, we believe that if any company is capable of absorbing such multiple challenges, it is TransCanada.

That said, one hopes -- for the sake of North American economies -- that all three projects are successful and that TransCanada can successfully and efficiently build and operate them.

One also hopes that these three projects will 1) moderate world tensions in Europe, where new, North American energy might take the edge off of Russian energy blackmail/bribery; 2) free Alaska stranded gas while filling an Asian demand from a secure and diversified, North American source; and 3) enable the United States and Canada to reaffirm their historical relationship as each others' largest trading partner and best friend.

While hope is not a strategy, one cannot resist the belief that hope does, indeed, spring eternal and will win in the end.

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10-14-14 Dandelions and Energy - National Poll Supports Offshore Oil & Gas

14 October 2014 6:07am

National Poll Supports OCS O&G 

Today's Commentary: Energy, Daisies, Dandelions, Poppies and Bureaucracies

Janet Weiss, BP Alaska, Oklahoma State University, Hall of Fame, Dave Harbour PhotoThe College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University inducted five industry leaders into its Hall of Fame last Saturday including 1986 Chemical Engineering graduate,  Janet Weiss (NGP Photo) now President of BP Alaska.

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CEA POLL SHOWS MAJORITY SUPPORT IN KEY STATES FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING: 

Consumer Energy Alliance voter polls conducted in three states with pivotal U.S. Senate races finds strong support for allowing oil and natural gas drilling in U.S. waters inside the Arctic Circle. The poll finds Alaska, Georgia and Louisiana each have  close races for U.S. Senate that will indicate the direction of federal policy towards offshore energy.  More.... 

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Also...see our recent commentary on the effect of the Senate races on Alaska energy policy.  -dh

 


How Government Deals With One Invasive Species, The Dandelion

by

Dave Harbour

(Point of personal privilege)

Dandelions, invasive specie, public monies, bureaucratic bungling, wasted tax dollars, Photo by Dave Harbouro, Federal Highway Dollars, public landscapes, poor maintenanceThis is, admittedly, a pet peeve.  The only way I could relate the dandelion invasion to our study of energy, is to make a point that bureaucracies will never be as efficient with public dollars as citizens are with family dollars.  

invasive species, dandelion, daisies, poppies, public rights of way, landscaping, bureaucratic bungling, Photo by Dave HarbourAs a homeowner, I go out and dig up every new dandelion.  My wife plants a wonderful array of floribunda alaskana every spring.  Church volunteers cull dandelions and cultivate daisies.  

But government cultivates dandelions and kills desirable species while simultaneously holding 'Invasive Species Workshops'.  

This morning I provided a comment to Alaska Business Monthly regarding an upcoming 'Invasive Species Workshop' listed on its Industry News page.  I don't know if the organizers will make a dent in the invasion of unwanted species next year.  They do justify spending public money on workshops and publications and 'public outreach' -- which incrementally increases the demand for higher taxes.  So, hopefully, the effort will produce cost-effective results.

Meanwhile, with a little common sense, at no additional cost and without workshops government planners could significantly slow the spread of one invasive species, the dandelion.

In our primary area of interest and expertise, energy, one notes that with North Dakota oil and gas production being on mostly private property, it flourishes (Also note Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc.).  But in federal areas, bureaucracies stop production before it begins while cultivating their own, invasive bureaucratic growth.  For example, observe the gold plated offices, in Anchorage, inhabited by Department of Interior agencies along with their hundreds of employees, including huge public relations staffs.  And, what is their demonstrated, primary role: stopping human activity in a state whose Constitution requires development of natural resources.

The invasive dandelions of government are protected while entrepreneurial daisies and poppies are cut down and eventually culled out of existence.

To continue this little allegory, below we reprint for your information and, perhaps, entertainment, "A Dandelion Story", slightly modified for our readers.

P.S.  If Invasive Species Workshop participants do make a dent this coming year in stopping or slowing the growth of invasive species -- particularly the dandelion invasion -- we will look forward to receiving information from them and including it in our searchable archives.  We know these public employees are well intended and we look forward to hearing about their results. 


Commentary for readers: Alaska Business Monthly (as modified)

A government-sponsored "Invasive Species Workshop" will occur October 28-30 in Anchorage (www.alaskainvasives.org).

Anchorage School District Headquarters, Cultivate Invasive Specie, Dandelion, Dave Harbour Photo, ASDGovernment agencies have generally ignored the invasive species 'elephant in the room', the ubiquitous dandelion.

From public rights of way, dandelion seeds attack neighborhood lawns and establish beach heads throughout our wilderness.

We plant daisies and poppies in the rights of way to meet beautification / landscaping / environmental standards for federal dollars. But the folks who make the plans don't maintain the projects.

Then, dandelions invade. The dandelions are first to pop up in May and early June. Smart maintenance managers could mow then, before yellow dandelion flowers go to seed and before delicate poppy and daisy heads pop up.

But no. Maintenance managers allow the dandelions to flower then go to seed, just as the wonderful poppies and daisies are coming up in mid to late June. The street/highway maintenance managers then send out the lawn mowers to cut down the dandelions just as they are going to seed, spreading the invasive seed, while simultaneously cutting off the heads of daisies and poppies before they can develop seeds.

Most summers there is a bumper crop of dandelions in August. Simultaneously, a few remaining daisies and poppies try again to propagate--just in time for the 2nd mowing.

At the forest edge of East Northern Lights Blvd. in Anchorage, where mowing does not occur, the daisies flourish and dandelions are sparse.

East High School, Cultivate Invasive Specie, Dandelion, Dave Harbour Photo, ASD

Where the miscoordinated mowing occurs, the expensively planted daisies and poppies die off for lack of progeny while the invasive dandelions multiply with help from street/highway maintenance managers.  

​Other government agencies also cultivate the invasive species in this way.  The Anchorage School District, with its own thoughtless mowing practices, is a major cultivator of invasive dandelions whose seeds invade nearby neighborhoods throughout the city.

Invasive specie, Alaska, Dandelion, street maintenance, Dave Harbour Photo

It seems that an "Invasive Species Workshop" goal should be to "pick the low-hanging invasive fruit". By simply changing the mowing schedules, maintenance managers could cheaply and efficiently accomplish two goals:

1.  They could restrain the propagation of the most invasive of plant species, while

2.  simultaneously protecting taxpayer landscape investments intended to beautify public rights of way and other government properties.

Respectfully,

Dave Harbour

Ref: http://tinyurl.com/mktjs5v, http://tinyurl.com/qbpuhve, http://tinyurl.com/k7ubpdg 


 

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(STILLWATER, Okla., October 13, 2014) – The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University inducted five industry leaders into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 11. More than 250 people were present at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center to recognize the achievements of those extraordinary individuals.

Hall of Fame inductees included Debbie Adams (’83 Chemical Engineering), Harold Courson (‘52-‘55 Engineering), Jeff Hume (‘75 Petroleum Engineering Technology), David Timberlake (‘65 Architectural Engineering) and Janet Weiss (‘86 Chemical Engineering).

These distinguished professionals were honored by OSU for their exceptional leadership and contributions to advancing the fields of engineering, architecture and technology.

Debbie Adams currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Phillips 66 based in Houston, Texas. After graduating from OSU with her chemical engineering degree in 1983, she began her career in oil and gas as a process engineer with Conoco. She worked in several capacities for the company, including roles that took her to Sweden and England after the 2002 merger that created ConocoPhillips. During the most recent transition that resulted in the formation of Phillips 66, Adams was named the President of Transportation and promoted to Senior Vice President. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors for the OSU Foundation.

Harold Courson attended the engineering program at Oklahoma A&M from 1952-1955 before leaving to pursue the oil and gas drilling business. He purchased speculative gas leases in the Texas panhandle and founded Courson Oil and Gas in 1960. His company drilled two of the first horizontal wells in the early 1970s, one of which is still producing today. He has served three terms as Mayor of Perryton, Texas, and is currently the Chairman for Courson Oil and Gas, Inc. and Natural Gas Anadarko Company. Courson was one of 100 recognized as a History Maker of the High Plains by the Amarillo Globe-News.

Jeff Hume is a 1975 Petroleum Engineering Technology graduate who began his career prior to his time at OSU. Immediately following high school, Hume worked as a roustabout in the oil fields outside Enid. He soon realized his passion for the industry and came to Stillwater to obtain his degree. Since that time, he has been a leader for Continental Resources, Inc. for more than 30 years. Hume is a registered professional engineer and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Strategic Growth Initiatives for Continental Resources, Inc.

A 1965 Architectural Engineering graduate, David Timberlake received his degree and joined the Army Corps of Engineers before transitioning to the private sector. In Washington D.C., he worked in structural engineering and construction inspection for government buildings. There he met an influential colleague who led him on the path to founding his own company — Timberlake Construction. The company has built structures in 48 of the 50 states and its founder currently serves as Chairman and CEO.

Janet Weiss brought her love for math and science, especially chemistry, to OSU when she enrolled in the Chemical Engineering program. Her father, Dr. Franklin Leach, was a professor of biochemistry at OSU, so Janet grew up gaining a love for learning from her father and the university. She graduated in 1986 and began her career at ARCO, where she moved through the ranks. For the past 14 years, Weiss has worked for BP, and she has been a leader in the oil and gas industry. She currently serves as President of BP Alaska and is a published author on the Kuparuk River Field. Weiss is an active member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Board, University of Alaska Fairbanks Advisory Board and the Anchorage United Way Board.

Following Saturday’s ceremony, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology has recognized 101 Hall of Fame inductees.

For more information on the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU, visitwww.ceat.okstate.edu 

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10-11-14 "Can You Trust The US?"

11 October 2014 5:48am

WSJ Opinion: Can You Trust The US?

Our Saturday Commentary:

Americans cannot trust the US Administration (e.g. Alaska and Lower 48 Federal Land Restrictions and Poor Energy Policies, Eric Holder Malfeasance; Misapplication of ESA, CWA, CAA; IRS; NSA; VA; AP; EPA; Benghazi; Ebola; Sickening Open Border Policy; Prisoner Trade: One Traitor for Several Terrorists; Fast and Furious; Obamacare Lies; US Marine Rotting In Mexican Jail; Cowardly 'Red Line' Syrian Policy, Unsustainable National Debt, Emasculation of Military Strength, Pro-Muslim bias, Anti-Israel bias, Failure To Save America's ISIS-slaughtered Kurdish allies, Alliance With Senate Democrats To Kill All Pro-Job, Pro-Economy House Bills, etc.).  

It's not only Americans.  The U.S. and Canada are each others' largest trading partners.  A big difference between the two countries now is that Canada has a decisive leader in Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  The U.S. has a weak, inexperienced, indecisive, incompetent, socialist leader focused only on transforming the successful democratic model which was the United States.  The cost to American jobs and the U.S. economy by the White House refusal to approve TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline is huge.  

Part of the cost is the cost in loss of trust.  Since Canada cannot trust its historical, best trading partner, its Prime Minister has no choice but to explore other markets for Canada's products and natural resources -- including Oil Sands oil.  Our compliments to Harper for his insight, initiative, wisdom and courage.

Shame on America's elected chief executive for ruining America in so many ways.  Let me count the ways, which since 2012, have multiplied....   -dh

 

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10-8-14 How can low oil prices produce world chaos?

08 October 2014 2:52am

Oil & Energy by Dr. Kent Moors.  How Falling Oil Prices Could Trigger an “Unpredictable and Dangerous Mess”


Yesterday, ConocoPhillips announced that it has completed five-year, Alaska North Slope contracts with URS Corporation, CH2M HILL, and ASRC Energy Services.  See the full news release details here.


From the office of House Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) comes this alert of interest to most natural resource companies doing business in Alaska and the American West.  We feature it in this Northern energy webpage because it demonstrates the broad, deep and dangerous reach of Obama administration agencies in their zeal -- without scientific justification -- to shut down natural resource exploration and development in America...and many other business and recreational activities as well.  -dh

Release: "House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings along with 17 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, urging the Service to extend the comment period for the proposed critical habitat designation of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. This proposed listing, driven by a 2011 court mega-settlement and not by sound science, would have devastating negative effects on small businesses, farmers, ranchers, forest management, and American energy production in nine states throughout the West."

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9-26-14 "Balderdash" Or Not, That Is The Question!

26 September 2014 11:19am

See This Week's Petroleum News Stories Here

Petroleum News Story by Alan Bailey (NGP Photo).  In a Sept. Alan Bailey, Petroleum News, HEA, CEA, MEA, ARTEC, Homer Electric, lobbying, grants, Dave Harbour Photo15 letter to state Rep. Doug Isaacson, Brad Janorschke, general manager of Homer Electric Association, said that his utility had quit the Alaska Railbelt Cooperative and Electric Co., or ARCTEC, in early 2013 because, rather than pursuing cost-saving projects that would jointly benefit ARCTEC’s member utilities, ARCTEC’s sole purpose seemed to have become lobbying for grant funding from the state Legislature. A desire of some ARCTEC members to hire a CEO for the organization had also factored into Homer Electric’s decision, Janorschke said.  *     *     *   Joe GriffithARCTEC CEO, told Petroleum News Sept. 23 that, while concerns about the cost of hiring of a CEO may well have motivated Homer Electric to leave the organization, Janorschke’s accusations that ARCTEC had become purely a lobbying organization were essentially “balderdash.”  

Observation: we may have more to say about this in a future editorial comment.  

Suffice to say, we normally default to having the 'cost causer be the cost payer.'  This means that -- in this case -- the rate payers receiving electric service have to pay for it.  

Alan Bailey's article is all about the accusation that ARTEC members are seeking to have others pay for the rate payer projects and benefits in their service areas.  

We tend to put significant credence on the Homer Electric decision and position while still leaving a little opening for valid counter arguments by the other ARTEC utilities.  We would observe that the word, "Balderdash", adds little credibility to construction of a valid counter argument.

We would ask each of the ARTEC members to answer several questions: "If your utility, under your leadership, needs an ARTEC group, and is not capable of properly serving your customers, why are you still in charge?"  

Another question might be, "If one of ARTEC's supposed values is having the member utilities coordinate with one another, why do you need a bureaucracy to communicate; why not do that as a matter of course, as good managers?"  

Lastly, if you would justify your own request for state subsidy by saying, "Well, Fairbanks is trying to get the state to subsidize its natural gas system," I would suggest that should also be the responsibility of very highly compensated utility managers, rate analysts, lawyers and employees in that service area which they have pledged to serve.  

Yes, the time honored concept of 'just and reasonable' rates arises from the foundational principle that the 'cost causer is the cost payer'.  

When we try to have the state give public money, we take that money 1) from the taxpayer, and/or 2) from the citizens elsewhere in the state whose highway, port, public safety and education projects may go begging.  

This makes ARTEC rate payers pay less for the service than it actually costs and thus creates the circumstance of 'an unjust and unreasonable' rate.  

Usually an 'unjust' rate is too high a rate; in this case, it means rate payers pay too little for their service which politicians allowed other parts of the state, or other taxpayers to subsidize.  

Lastly, being realistic, we acknowledge that politicians trade money and projects back and forth all the time, creating inequality of benefit wherever they go.  

For example, ARTEC has already received over $50 million in state money grants while the votes to get that money required trading money to other parts of the state.  Is that a 'just and reasonable' process?  Probably not.

Is it likely to see reform?  Not likely.       -dh

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9-24-14

24 September 2014 4:58am

 
Midstream startup building first gas plant
Calgary Herald, By Dan Healing... to remove condensate from its liquids-rich gas so it qualifies for transport in a dry gas pipeline.
 
 
 
TransCanada work on St. Lawrence port suspended by Quebec court order
CBC.ca, The TransCanada Energy East pipeline project includes converting an existing naturalgas pipeline to an oil transportation pipeline. This project is ...

Petroleum News by Kristen Nelson.  

Three projects are under way to deliver North Slope natural gas to Alaskans - and on three different scales and timelines.

Cathy Giessel, Alaska Oil & Gas Congress, Alaska, Senator, Natural Resources, Gas Pipeline, ACES, AGIA, Photo by Dave HarbourPersonal note: While our duties found us out of State last week, we were honored to have been named Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.  

Bill Popp, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Oil & Gas Congress, Natural Resources, Gas Pipeline, ACES, AGIA, Photo by Dave HarbourWe have enjoyed our association with CI Energy Group and other conference organizers for over a decade, chairing conferences from Houston to Anchorage and from Edmonton and Calgary to Inuvik.

Last week we were particularly pleased to note the outstanding leadership of Alaska State Senator Cathy Giessel (NGP Photo) and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation President Bill Popp (NGP Photo), both highly qualified for their Co-Chair assignments.

Lastly, we commend CI Energy Group for its support of the community, via memberships in the Alaska and Anchorage Chambers of Commerce, the Resource Development Council for Alaska and the Alaska Support industry Alliance.  

Those groups also sponsor outstanding natural resource and energy forums, but CI has the only 3-4 day forum that provides in depth coverage and presentations to an audience that represents energy companies and users from throughout the Pacific Rim.

-dh

The 10th annual Alaska Oil & Gas Congress got an update on all three in Anchorage Sept. 16.

The smallest, and furthest along, would truck liquefied natural gas from the North Slope to Fairbanks, adding to the small amount of Cook Inlet LNG currently being trucked to Fairbanks.

The other projects....(More here....  We recommend our readers subscribe to PNA for in depth O&G reporting, Alaska and Canada.  -dh)


TODAY'S CONSUMER ENERGY ALLIANCE ENERGY LINKS:

Shale Reporter: Abundance of opportunities await schools in wake of energy revolution*Mike Butler Op-Ed
Schools saved more than $45.5 million in 2013, according to a recent study by IHS Global Insight, enough to employ more than 480 teachers. Pennsylvania public schools saved about 8.3% on electricity costs and 22.1% on natural gas. There’s more: The analysis said taxpayers saved another $19 million in government-related spending, or enough to employ 280 governmental workers. That’s tremendous news for communities and districts still tussling with the lingering effects of the Great Recession.
 
Downstream Today: OPINION: Railing Against Keystone XL, Willie and Neil Are Hurting Farmers *Michael Whatley Quoted

Two celebrity singers known for supporting America’s farmers will perform at a pipeline protest in Nebraska on Saturday despite the outcome of their advocacy damaging the livelihood of farmers throughout the Midwest.
 
Associated Press: US gas prices fall to lowest since February, Lundberg says.
Refiners are taking advantage of booming oil production from U.S. shale formations that’s expected to increase domestic crude output in 2015 to the most in 45 years. The surge in production has kept WTI prices below international benchmark North Sea Brent every day since August 2010.
 
The Hill: Report: Natural gas exports could hurt Russian state-owned company.
Increasing exports of liquefied natural gas from the United States could reduce revenue at Russia’s state-owned gas company by 18 percent, according to a new report. The report, released Monday by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, found that increased competition from the United States could hurt Gazprom and lower European natural gas prices.
 
Washington Post: Shale in North Dakota: Women in the drilling boomtowns.
Fracking has brought in an influx of oil workers—many of them women—from across the country attracted to the high salaries and burgeoning housing market created to accommodate the surge in residents. The result is the town’s population has nearly doubled in the past 10 years.
 
Star Tribune: Keystone XL operator seeks South Dakota approval
The operator of the long-delayed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Monday formally asked South Dakota's utility regulators to recertify the portion of the project that runs through the state.
 
Townhall: A good way to play the Keystone Pipeline Debate
The Greenbrier Companies (GBX) manufactures rail cars. The company was founded back in 1974 and is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It may not be Alibaba (BABA), but rail car makers are doing pretty well these days thanks to the strong demand driven by the domestic energy boom and an ever-improving economy.
 
Michigan Radio: Enbridge completes work on final stretch of replacement oil pipeline
 
The Coloradoan: Oil and gas task force plans first meeting
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas commission will have its first meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25, when the 19-member task force will plan for the next six months and five more meetings. The 19 appointees have six hours for their agenda on Thursday, which will be followed by a two-hour window for public comment, said Sara Barwinski, one of the task force’s members. From September to February, the commission will host six public meetings throughout the state.
 
The Coloradoan: Council to vote on appealing HF ruling
One month after a Larimer County judge overturned Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the City Council is considering whether to appeal that decision. Fort Collins City Council will vote Tuesday, Sept. 23 on a resolution that would direct the interim city attorney to file an appeal of the decision, which overturned the citizen-initiated ordinance voters passed in November 2013.
 
Fayetteville Observer: HF is safe, but are well casings?
We need rigorous guidelines for those well casings and the joints that seal them. And we also will need to have enough well-trained inspectors in the field. Fracking may not pollute, but the wells can - and for a public or private water supply, the source of pollution isn't the issue. Preventing it is.
 
WRAL: Natural gas pipeline concerns some in Nashville
When it comes to a proposed natural gas pipeline through eastern North Carolina, Ronald Bunn sees its path as more than a line through a map. Bunn was at a public meeting in Nashville Monday night to question a plan by Duke Energy and Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build the $5 billion pipeline, which would run parallel to Interstate 95.
 
Newsmax: North Dakota Tops US Income Gains Thanks to Bakken
North Dakota leads the nation in personal income growth. No other state even comes close. From 2008 to 2012, North Dakotans' per-capita income jumped 31 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A day in the life of a longtime DEP inspector
Mr. Sengle, 56, has been working for the past four years in the Clearfield County area with the DEP’s oil and gas division working on natural gas sites, including Marcellus Shale well sites. “My experience for the most part is the companies have been pretty attentive,” he said of the natural gas companies he inspects now.
 
York Dispatch: Corbett, Wolf clash in Hershey debate
Wolf also said he'd like to see the gas industry drilling in the Marcellus Shale deposits in the state charged a 5 percent severance tax. That, he said, would generate an added $1 billion for the state, which could be used for education or other needs. "I'm not trying to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Let's share that gold with the people of Pennsylvania," Wolf said.
 
Columbus Business First: Production outpacing pipeline regulation, GAO says
Oil and gas production is outpacing both pipeline construction and regulation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation needs to consider making new rules, a federal agency saidMonday. “While the Department of Transportation has worked to identify and address risks, its regulation has not kept pace with the changing oil and gas transportation environment,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in its report on oil and gas infrastructure, including pipelines, rail and trucks.
 
State Impact Texas: Oil & Gas Trouble In Texas Ranchland: Whose Road Is It?
The Railroad Commission of Texas will meet Monday morning to consider an issue of huge importance to landowners across Texas. It has to do with how the state oversees energy companies that need access to private land. At issue at the hearing will be pipelines for oil & gas.
 
Chico Enterprise News: State Assembly, Senate candidates face off at Chico forum
While Jawahar was opposed to fracking, calling it a "dirty technology" that uses too much of the state's limited water resource, Nielsen said it is a safe method to develop needed energy resources and that it would be "foolhardy" not to use it. They also conflicted on climate change, with Jawahar saying it's real and that it needs to be addressed and Nielsen saying global warming is a natural process of the planet.

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