Earlier this week Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) proposed state assistance to the federal government in support of developing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Here is the letter to the Secretary of the Interior which containes the state offer. -dh
Yesterday, U.S. House of Representatives Resources Committee Chairman, Doc Hastings (NGP Photo), participated in an interview on the Keystone XL Pipeline-here.
Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held hearings critical to Alaska's energy future:
- H.R. 1964 (Hastings of WA), To amend the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, including at least one lease sale in the Reserve each year in the period 2013 through 2023, and for other purposes. ‘‘National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act”
- H.R. 1965 (Lamborn),To streamline and ensure onshore energy permitting, provide for onshore leasing certainty, and give certainty to oil shale development for American energy security, economic development, and job creation, and for other purposes. “Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act”
- H.R. 1394 (Tipton), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish goals for an all-of-the-above energy production plan strategy on a 4-year basis on all onshore Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service. “Planning for American Energy Act of 2013”
- H.R. 555 (Johnson of OH), To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct onshore oil and gas lease sales through Internet-based live lease sales, and for other purposes. “BLM Live Internet Auctions Act”
BLM Acting Deputy Director
U.S. Department of the Interior
Commissioner Dan Sullivan
Department of Natural Resources
State of Alaska
Charlotte E. Brower
North Slope Borough
Support Tax Reform Law!
From our friends at the Resource Development Council for Alaska (RDC).
"...there is currently a signature gathering referendum effort taking place to repeal SB21, the oil tax reform bill signed in to law by Governor Parnell.
In an effort to give the thoroughly vetted new tax structure time to work, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance is using its independent expenditure group, "We Are Alaska," to run a campaign educating Alaskans on what SB21 has accomplished and explaining why signing the referendum could be extremely harmful for the future of Alaska.
RDC and other business associations across the state support the new tax regime, the More Alaska Production Act (MAP Act), and have a high level of confidence that it will result in new investment, production, jobs, and revenues to fund education and a wide range of public services.
To learn more, visit the We Are Alaska website and be sure to like them on Facebook, as well as Twitter.
Take action now to prevent the repeal of Alaska Senate Bill 21--say our friends at Consumer Energy Alliance.
Alaska's contribution to the nation's energy supply has been in decline since the 1980's.
While the resource is there to stem the decline, and perhaps even reverse the trend, Alaska's investment climate has been unfriendly to attract the major investment dollars needed to do so.
After extensive review, analysis, and research, Governor Sean Parnell and the Alaska Legislature passed SB 21 to reform our tax system to make it more competitive. It will help will help invigorate Alaska's energy production and bring jobs and investment to our state.
Don't let a small minority take us two steps back when it comes to Alaskan jobs and competitiveness. Show your support for Senate Bill 21 and the Alaskan economy.
The Federal Government Has Broken Its Word Many Times As It Has Sapped Sovereignty From America's States (Commentary)
Earlier this week at an IOGCC (Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission) meeting in Alabama, Utah Representative Roger Barrus (NGP Photo) provided the nation's oil and gas conservation commissioners with a high level history lesson.
The founders and their successors made it clear that the states were to manage state resources.
He noted that on October 10, 1780 Congress passed a Resolution affirming that it will hold title to western lands only “to create new states” and to pay the national debt “and for no other use or purpose whatsoever”.
Country's founders and their successors supporting state control over state lands. Here is his PowerPoint presentation containing the useful history of references.
|Fairbanks News Miner. Congressman Don Young (NGP Photo) has filed legislation that would toss out the recently completed management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
... The bill, HR1964, would nullify a plan adopted by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management in February, Young said. The plan administratively withdrew about half the reserve from oil and gas leasing. (See more on this story below.)
Alaska Dispatch by Pat Forgey. "We're in a process of evaluating how we want to adjust the capital program," says Matt Fox, ConocoPhillip's executive vice president for exploration and development. "I'd like to see us adjust the capital program so we can completely arrest the decline in production in Alaska, or even turn it around."
Next Wednesday, May 22nd, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a legislative hearing on four bills to protect and expand onshore energy production on federal lands in Alaska and elsewhere.
Subcommittee Hearing Notice - May 15, 2013 - Read more below:
H.R. 555 (Johnson, OH), To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct onshore oil and gas lease sales through Internet-based live lease sales, and for other purposes, “BLM Live Internet Auctions Act.”
Our friend, Steve Borrell urges us to review this Fuel Fix article describing 'unequal treatment under the law'. It is a good preamble to the notes below. -dh
Banghazi, IRS, AP: Government is the Problem
by Nick Adams
America is in debt.
Most notably, it owes its remarkable exceptionalism and the durability of its experiment to the men who founded it.
With a penetrating prescience, these men grasped better than any before them the true nature of man, and the circumstances under which he flourishes. Where every other Constitution in the world stipulates the rights of government, the American declares the rights of the individual.
Limited government is an American value.
Sadly, the greatest nation in the world has drifted from the spirit of that hallowed document, its authors and this exceptional value.
Countless administrations and agencies evidence a massively expanding federal government.
And this week, a trifecta of problems promptly arrives: Benghazi, IRS persecution and AP records seizure.
More salient examples of precisely what the founders of the magnificent America dreaded and insulated against cannot be conceived.
No citizen should fear any portion of the government in a healthy republic. No arm of government should be a weapon of intimidation or political retribution. And yet the IRS under Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Obama and possibly others has served not just as the pipeline of wealth distribution, but also for these exact nefarious purposes.
The matter of Benghazi is deeply perturbing. One thing has always been true about America: it never leaves one of its own behind. It is a message steeped in military code that has been reinforced ceaselessly in history and popular culture. Yet increasingly it appears this may well have happened on September 11, 2012.
Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods deserve justice, as do the American people.
More information on the legal basis must emerge before we can render a judgment on the Department of Justice (DOJ) seizure of AP record logs, but the threats the action poses to a free press and the newsgathering process are alarmingly clear.
This ‘scandal’ trio has the press corps in a lather not seen since the George W Bush administration.
Suddenly they find their skepticism dissipating; their backsides on the very same bleachers as conservatives. Suddenly, they understand, at least momentarily, what the fuss has been about. But it’s not enough. It’s shameful. For too long, the mainstream media has protected and disseminated liberal ideology to the detriment of the nation. Reporting on the Boston terror attack, and Benghazi prior to the emergence of whistleblowers and clear changes to talking points, by major US media, unmistakably revealed their automatic assumption: American guilt. Nothing could be more pernicious than this mindset; nothing more offensive or contrary to the American narrative.
In just days, voices that for years were derided and traduced were vindicated and recognized as visionary. Those voices had, and have, a prescience America’s founders would be proud of; they were, and remain, in keeping with a tradition of exceptionalism. Social reform to the limited government value of America will lead to its evolution to the moribund mediocrity of a European state.
At the commencement speech to the graduating class of Ohio State less than a fortnight ago, President Obama made the following observation:
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.
"Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
Under the menacing shadows of Benghazi, the IRS and the AP, these words now return to haunt him.
|The public service goal of Northern Gas Pipeline is to educate. Will you join us as a Public Service Sponsor or Stakeholder? -dh|
ELECTED OFFICIALS EVERYWHERE, LISTEN! Calgary Herald by Eric Pedersen. The hard lesson of "be careful what you wish for, as you may just get it," has been learned by all the First Nations people along the route of the Mackenzie Valley pipeline. More than 20 years later, it is still not built, and now, with low gas prices, it will never be built. All the economic benefits have been lost forever. The people of the Mackenzie Delta and Mackenzie Valley are in hindsight wishing there was gas flowing down a pipeline. Your short-term thinking will strangle your young people's future.
The Columbus, Indiana Republic reported last night that Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) is in New York talking with rating agencies and banks about, "Alaska's Budget and Economic Outlook". We visited for two days with dozens of these NYC analysts and rating agencies six years ago. We answered a thousand questions about Alaska's budget, gas pipeline and oil and gas issues. Several dozen of those analysts and several score regulators are still NGP readers. We believe the Governor will find a highly astute and educated audience among the City's financial community. -dh
State Legislators Support Congressional Efforts to Protect State Revenues From “theft” of $110 Million By Federal Overreach.
Late yesterday we received a statement from leaders of the Energy Producing States Coalition (EPSC), including Senator Cathy Giessel (NGP Photo), Chairman-Elect. The statement notes the Coalition's support of the “State Mineral Revenue Protection Act,” which would ensure that the states are not deprived of mineral revenue from natural resource development on Federal lands in the various states are actually shared with the state. The federal government has recently threatened to 'garnish' the states' share of such revenue to help pay for 'sequestration'. Other leaders of the Coalition include Chairman Roger Barrus, a Utah Representative and Past Chairman Thomas Lubnau, Wyoming's Speaker of the House. U.S. House and Senate Members supporting the measure include: Representative Cynthia M. Lummis (R, WY), Representative Rob Bishop (R, UT 1), Representative Jason Chaffetz (R, UT 3), Representative Kevin Cramer (R, ND), Representative Steve Pearce (R, NM 2), Representative Chris Stewart (R, UT 2), Senator Michael Enzi (R, WY), Senator John Barrasso (R, WY), Senator Tom Udall (D, NM), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D, ND), Senator Orrin Hatch (R, UT), Senator John Hoeven (R, ND) and Senator James Risch (R, ID).
NPR-A Targeted As U.S. House Acts to Create Jobs, Reduce Prices, Grow Economy
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 - Members of the House Natural Resources Committee introduced two bills to protect and expand U.S. onshore energy production on federal lands. The bills would remove government roadblocks and hurdles that delay American energy production, promote production of our oil shale resources, and ensure that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming supports free trade and freedom to export LNG, an issue critical to the future of Alaska gas pipelines. -dh
Ocean Policy: Obama's End Run Around Congress and The Constitution. We began alerting readers to the White House move to zone the oceans and further restrict freedom of citizens four years ago and have added more details since then. We applaud Representative Millett's current observations, expressed here.
When our readers click to the actual article and scroll down to the comment section they will be astounded. As knowledgeable observers, our readers will at once recognize the illiteracy of commenters and their mean spirits. One's instinct could well lead to a conclusion that the commenters are recruits from environmental activist cells and graduates of the George Soros School of Propaganda.
We have seen similar comment treatment given to other legislators who provide logical, important reaction to overreaching government activity.
We lament that news media blogs perpetuate this nasty behavior and constant ad hominem criticism by allowing commenters to remain anonymous.
If news media wanted truly thoughtful commentary, they would require proper commenter identification.
Until then, we can only offer our own appreciation to Representative Millett on behalf of our own loyal, well-studied and well-behaved readers.
ADN Op-Ed by Rep. Charisse Millett (NGP Photo).
Alaskans today have tremendous potential opportunities that can provide lasting benefits for decades to come. Plentiful energy and mineral resources, new Arctic shipping lanes, vibrant fisheries, and a bustling tourism industry are but a few of the areas that could all combine to usher in a new era of unprecedented economic and societal prosperity for the people of Alaska and beyond. Unfortunately, prospects for this bright future could potentially be delayed if not derailed as a result of President Obama's issuance of the July 2010 National Ocean Policy Executive Order and the recently-released National Ocean Policy Final Implementation Plan.
APRN, by Alexandra Gutierrez. If this legislative session was all about oil, the next one could be more focused on natural gas. The end goal is a pipeline capable of moving the massive supply of gas on North Slope to market. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that the state is looking at the issue of getting a project online from multiple angles.
For Our Early Morning Readers! Today the Division of Oil and Gas will hold its annual areawide oil and gas lease sales for the Alaska Peninsula and Cook Inlet as well as a geothermal lease sale for Augustine Island. Division Director Bill Barron (NGP Photo) will be available directly after the lease sales for interviews.
|Also, yesterday in Washington: House Subcommittee Examines Federal Impediments to Job Creation, Economic Growth, & Recreation on Public Lands|