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7-22-14 We reported yesterday; here are today's media reports....

22 July 2014 5:14am

Yesterday, we reported on the LNG export application filed by Alaska LNG project sponsors with the Department of Energy; today, we link you to reports from two of Alaska's most prolific oil industry reporters  (-dh):

Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Peninsula Clarion, LNG Project, Export, Dave Harbour PhotoPeninsula Clarion by Tim Bradner (NGP Photo).   An application was filed Friday for the U.S. Department of Energy export permit for the project. North Slope producers, TransCanada Corp. and the state of Alaska asked for permission to export up to 20 million metric tons yearly of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from Alaska, the group announced in a press release.

Alex DeMarban, ADN, LNG Project, Photo by Dave HarbourAlaska Dispatch by Alex DeMarban (NGP Photo).  The Alaska gasline mega-project took a step forward on Friday with the state’s major oil companies filing an application with the Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas.




Rep. Jared Polis’ anti-HF crusade riles Colorado. Washington Times. “If he goes ahead and puts these measures on the ballot, he will be the standard-bearer of far-left green groups, clueless celebrity activists and ultrarich environmental donors who want to effectively wipe out domestic oil and gas production across Colorado and the rest of the nation,” said Simon Lomax, Denver-based spokesman for Energy in Depth.
Halliburton Names New President, Profit Rises 20%. Wall Street Journal. Halliburton Co. gave Chief Operating Officer Jeff Miller the added title of president and said he would join the oil-field services giant's board as part of its succession-planning process. The company, which also reported its second-quarter profit rose 20%, said Mr. Miller will complement the leadership of Chief Executive Dave Lesar.
GOP Senators Question IG’s Right To Probe HF. Forbes. “The Obama Administration’s insistent attempt to link hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination in an effort to satisfy radical activists and justify greater federal regulations on the oil and gas industry is not only improperly motivated, but it is an example of the waste and abuse of government resources that is the OIG’s very mission to expose and protect against,” the senators wrote.
The Shale Surge: $80 Billion Boom Is Reshaping North America. Market Wired. Shale zone communities have discovered yet another benefit from their surging economic growth: more of everything. Small towns like Williston, North Dakota, which has relatively little retail, are now catching the eye of major brands like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
How shale development fractures the Democratic Party. Washington Examiner, Editorial. The fight in Colorado could be repeated in many states with energy resources. Some voters will choose a technologically advanced nation in which each generation improves its economic lot over the last. Others will side with radical environmentalists who obsess about ridding America of all fossil fuels and even repealing the industrial revolution.
Energy infrastructure has to catch up with the shale boom. Pittsburgh Business Times. As producers continue to develop Pennsylvania's shale-gas fields, the challenge will be to develop the infrastructure necessary for moving the gas to the markets, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday.
Natural gas emits half the GHGs of coal over its lifetime – analysis. E&E News (sub. req’d). When it comes to life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas -- whether or not it was extracted using conventional methods -- has about half the climate impact of coal, according to an analysis published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Shale plays reduce political risk: Kemp. Reuters, Column. Unlike a conventional oil field, shale plays can be scaled up or down more quickly in response to changing perceptions about risk and return. If the political environment becomes less favourable, the drilling programme can be halted or scaled back. In that sense, the capital commitment required by a shale play is less "lumpy" and therefore less risky.
Shale's social license. Oil & Gas Journal. The newfound abundance of oil and gas unlocked by the shale revolution has yielded increased public scrutiny of the oil and gas industry in the US, bringing with it a host of new challenges and opportunities for constructive collaboration.
Corralling Carbon. New York Times. Even the abundant natural gas unleashed by fracking, while cleaner than coal, is a major source of greenhouse gases. Ultimately, many scientists say, those emissions will need to be trapped and stored, too.
Shale reserves in the North West 'worth £10bn'. BBC. Shale gas reserves in part of the North West could be worth £10bn to the economy and support up to 3,500 jobs, a report has claimed. The figures are based on extracting five trillion cubic feet of gas at 30 sites in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire between 2017 and 2031.
Is Russia funding Europe's anti-fracking Green protests? Washington Examiner, Op-Ed. That’s the conclusion NATO Secretary General Fogh Anders Rasmussen drew in an explosive speech in London last month, where he said Russia “engages actively with … environmental organizations working against shale gas, obviously to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”
Opponents Renew Call for South African Shale Halt. Bloomberg. A South African environmental group renewed its call for a moratorium on shale-gas fracking, as the government moves closer to a decision on whether to allow the process opponents say imperils water quality.
Questions raised over viability of shale. Belfast Telegraph. Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health reviewed evidence across several issues linked with shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing.

La Habra Heights residents form group to fight drilling proposal. Whittier Daily News. McCaskey also said that oil drilling is not new in La Habra Heights. Oil production on the Southern California Gas Co. property dates back to 1912, according to city records. And there are 180 Occidental Petroleum Corp. active wells in the city, according to state records, he said.
Drill into facts in debate over HF. Loveland Reporter-Herald, Editorial. This debate should focus on facts that can be independently verified. That way, voters are more likely to have the best opportunity to study any proposals and reach informed decisions.
HF initiatives are unnecessary. Sterling Journal-Advocate, Column. I'll be the first say that fracking has its dangers. But the same can be said for any industrialized process that creates jobs and makes modern life possible. But the proposed anti-fracking initiatives do nothing to change that and are completely unnecessary. Just vote no.


Corps of Engineers raises questions about St. Tammany HF permit. New Orleans Times-Picayune. The Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about a proposal to frack for oil near Mandeville, stating among other things that steps to avoid wetlands impacts have not been taken and noting other possibly less problematic drilling sites have not been considered.


Race for North Dakota's ag commissioner is all about oil. Reuters. With a legislature that meets only every two years, North Dakota has given an unusual amount of power to the agriculture commissioner and two other members of the state's Industrial Commission, charging the triumvirate with oversight of permitting and other issues critical to the oil industry.
In N.D., oil and gas transformation runs deep. E&E News (sub. req’d). Since 2010, oil production has quadrupled in North Dakota, with more than 8,000 wells drilled. The state collected $4 billion in oil taxes from July 2011 to June 2013, projects a $1 billion surplus for the current biennium and is looking to bring in workers for an abundance of industry-related jobs.

Energy secretary faces questions. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Prolific natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota has upended the traditional flow of oil and gas as new areas become hubs for fuel supplies, U.S. energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday at Carnegie Mellon University.
Corbett touts long-lasting effects of drilling. Washington Observer-Reporter. “Engineers have figured out how to (drill for gas) and do it safely,” Tom Corbett said Monday morning. “Marcellus Shale has had an impact, and the young engineers will someday look back and see what they did. This is important not just for us, but for generations – plural.”
DEP: Operations can impact water supplies. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Before our members begin well development activities, exhaustive baseline water sampling is conducted by certified third parties, which frequently extends beyond state requirements,” Mr. Creighton said, adding that the baseline testing gives homeowners important water quality and public health-related information.
Still Even Split. Associated Press. New Yorkers appear solidly entrenched — and nearly evenly divided — over whether natural gas hydraulic fracturing ought to be allowed in the state, according to an opinion poll released Monday by the Siena College Research Institute.
Gas pipeline issues challenge for producers, users. Tribune Live. A decade into the “shale gas revolution,” the pipeline issues remain as surging production makes distribution a challenge.
Group seeks full disclosure of chemicals. Associated Press. A group of doctors is demanding full public disclosure of chemicals that would be used to drill for natural gas by hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland.
Furor over gas pipeline not unique to Lancaster County. Lancaster Newspapers. The issues that have surfaced since a proposed 35-mile natural gas pipeline was announced in March in Lancaster County are hardly unique. Take Nelson County, Virginia, a largely rural area in central Virginia where residents and public officials learned in late May of a planned 450-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through their properties.
Businesses Benefit From Shale Boom. Columbus CEO. It may seem like a stretch to say Honda is part of Ohio’s shale-gas boom. But a close look shows that the automaker is using the steady supply and low price of natural gas to improve its bottom line at plants in Marysville and East Liberty.
Think regionally to link energy policy with economic development, report urges. Columbus Business First. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is advocating the 12-county Columbus region work together to more efficiently handle energy policy, from infrastructure to job training. “We view this plan as a way to connect energy to the economic success of the region,” said Christina O’Keeffe, director of energy and air quality at MORPC.

Denton HF ban won't solve the problem, mayor says. Dallas Business Journal. Regardless of whether Denton voters decide to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits on Nov. 4, that won’t solve the real problem: Vested rights of oil and gas companies to re-drill old wells, Mayor Chris Watts said.
New oil train rules likely to have wide reach. Houston Chronicle. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx suggested Monday that coming mandates to boost the safety of hauling oil by train will take a comprehensive approach, going beyond requiring changes to the tank cars that carry crude across the country.
Eagle Ford task force to meet in San Antonio. San Antonio Express-News. The meeting will focus on local and statewide water issues. It will include a panel discussion and talks by SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente and State Rep. Doug Miller, R- New Braunfels.


Don't let delay derail needed air actions in Pinedale. Casper Star-Tribune, Column. The state has an opportunity here to show its leadership on a critical air quality issue. Solving the Pinedale problem will show that state government is the home of strong, smart rules, and once again put the state regulators in the driver’s seat, not EPA.



7-21-14 - Alaska LNG Project Files With DOE For Export Permit

21 July 2014 8:18am

The 17 billionth barrel of Alaskan North Slope crude started down the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) this past weekend on Saturday, July 19, 2014.  “This is an operational milestone and legacy that we are all proud of,” said Tom Barrett, President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (NGP Photo)....  (More here....)


TODAY: Alaska LNG Project Files For Export Permit With Chris Smith, Alaska, LNG Projece, Gas Hydrates, Assistant Secretary, Fossil Fuels, DOE, Energy Department, Dave Harbour PhotoAlaska Governor Sean Parnell, LNG Project, Photo by Dave HarbourEnergy Department

We trust that Chris Smith (NGP Photo, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Fuels), who knows Alaska well, will contribute to the rendering of a rapid and just decision.  Current world crises have likely exacerbated the need for increased supplies of gas from reliable sources.  See Governor Sean Parnell's (NGP Photo) statement here.  -dh

CBC by Lee-Anne Goodman, CP.  And no visit to the Nunavut capital would be complete without stopping in at Iqaluit Enterprises to take home some truly delicious smoked or fresh Arctic char. 

TODAY'S Consumer Energy Alliance energy news links:

ICOSA MagazineENERGY 101 – PEOPLE BEHIND ENERGY *Shawn Martini Interview
Our Energy contributor and co-host, Emily Haggstrom talks with Shawn Martini, Communications Director for Consumer Energy Alliance. Consumer Energy Alliance represents energy consumers in the debate over energy policy, and advocates for increased domestic production of all forms of energy, from renewables like solar and hydro-electric to traditional forms of energy including oil and gas.
CBS News: GOP: Democrats “hold out economy hostage” by blocking jobs bills
Expanding domestic energy production is the "best way" to invigorate the American economy, incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Saturday in the weekly Republican address, but the "Democrats running Washington don't seem to get it."
LA Times: Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude
On Monday night, the South Portland City Council, including Blake, is expected to pass an ordinance that would prevent the export of crude oil from the waterfront. The product of a relentless 18-month campaign by residents and Maine environmental groups, the measure is a response to plans by Portland-Montreal Pipe Line, or PMPL, to reverse the flow of its import pipeline in order to export oil sands crude from Canada, the same petroleum that would run through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in the Great Plains.
Reuters: Oil trains, born of U.S. energy boom, face test in new safety rules
North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks. New safety rules may now test the oil train model. Within weeks, the Obama Administration is due to unveil a suite of reforms that will rewrite standards conceived long before the rise of the shale oil renaissance, at a time when crude rarely moved by rail and few Americans had ever seen the mile-long oil trains that now crisscross the nation.
Bloomberg BNAStates Likely to Need Extensions to Complete Power Plant Emission Plans, McCabe Says
Most states are likely to need additional time to submit their implementation plans for meeting carbon dioxide reduction targets for existing power plants, beyond the one-year time frame outlined in President Barack Obama's climate action plan, the Environmental Protection Agency's top air official said July 17.
The Hill: Week ahead: Climate regs back under the microscope
A cornerstone of President Obama’s assault on climate change will be back in the spotlight next week, when senators are set to grill the administration’s top environmental official on plans to impose new limits on power plant emissions. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will appear Wednesday before the Environment and Public Works Committee

Fuel Fix: Feds OK first-in-decades oil studies off East Coast
The Obama administration on Friday gave the oil industry the green light to use air guns and sonic sensors to search for possible oil and gas under Atlantic waters, overriding environmentalists concerned that the seismic research can harm whales and other marine life.
Columbus Dispatch: U.S. OKs plan to open Atlantic to oil surveys
The Obama administration approved a plan on Friday that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups worried that the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling.
Miami Herald: Carolinas opinion mixed on offshore drilling
The Obama administration on Friday opened the Eastern Seaboard to offshore energy exploration, causing concern in the Carolinas about the effect on sea creatures and tourism but also raising the prospect of new jobs and revenue.
Wall Street JournalShale Reshapes Petrochemicals Business
GlobaData flagged the competitive advantage that U.S. companies will receive from the lower cost provided by shale gas. And this opportunity is attracting investment from some of the industry’s bigger names.
The New York Times: Frack Quietly, Please: Sage Grouse Is Nesting
In a new oil field among the rolling hills near here, Chesapeake Energy limits truck traffic to avoid disturbing the breeding and nesting of a finicky bird called the greater sage grouse. To the west, on a gas field near Yellowstone National Park, Shell Oil is sowing its own special seed mix to grow plants that nourish the birds and hide their chicks from predators.
Associated PressGreat Plains shale tested for possible energy uses
Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage.
Associated PressCentral Nevada oil lease sale staged under protest.
A U.S. Bureau of Land Management sale of oil and gas leases on public land in central Nevada has been conducted under protest.
POLITICORep. Polis “miscalculation” on HF issue could threaten political ascent
For more than a decade, Polis’s political guesses and gambles have all been right. But his decision to force a fight over oil and gas drilling in a tough election cycle may be a big enough miscalculation to derail Polis’s planned ascension up the Washington ranks. “He’s very focused, but sometimes he can be so laser focused that sometimes he lacks peripheral vision,” Palacio told me.
Roll Call: Renewable shale?
The Energy Department is spending $31 million to move forward with hydraulic fracturing to produce electricity from rocks.

Denver Post"Tea Party of the Left" wages ferocious battle over HF
He and his like-minded allies have a new, unflattering label, the Tea Party of the Left. Also known as "fracktivists," the group, like their conservative counterparts, is sworn to certain principles — even if those beliefs cost their side of the aisle the election in November.
The Times Tribune: Gulf Oil plans LNG facility in Great Bend
An oil company with Pennsylvania roots plans to have a liquefied natural gas facility up and running in Susquehanna County by the end of 2015. The Great Bend facility would accept natural gas from Williams’ Windsor-Montrose-Washington gathering line and compress it for storage and delivery as a liquid, according to a petition the company, Gulf Oil LP, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in April.
WUNCPublic Will Be Able To Comment On NC’s HF Rules
The North Carolina commission that is drafting rules for hydraulic fracturing will host public comment hearings next month.
Allentown Morning Call: Pennsylvania, U.S. benefit from drilling
It's a not a "claim" that shale supports tens of thousands of good-paying jobs — it's a fact. Countless economic studies, from the state Department of Labor & Industry, to the federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics, to many other independent reports, including from IHS Global, confirm these benefits.
Scranton Times-TribuneDRBC gas pains
Pennsylvania is blessed with abundant water resources, and it belongs to five separate commissions that do important work across a variety of watersheds. The state budget this year singles out only one of those commissions, the Delaware River Basin Commission, for a massive budget cut of more than 50 percent. 
San Antonio Express-News: Texas jobless rate holds at 5.1%
Alcantar said every sector has expanded over the last 12 months. Mining and logging, which includes jobs in oil and gas, led the way with a 7 percent annual growth rate.  


JULY 21, 2014


Export Application Filed with U.S. Department of Energy for Alaska LNG Project

(See Official News Release PDF)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In another important step forward for the Alaska LNG project, an application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

The export application requests authorization to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of LNG for a period of 30 years to countries that have existing free trade agreements with the U.S., as well as to non-free trade agreement countries.

“This is a significant milestone for the Alaska LNG project and demonstrates continued progress toward developing Alaska’s resources,” said Steve Butt, senior project manager. “Filing of an export application is a critical step in commercializing North Slope natural gas.”

The Alaska LNG project would provide significant economic benefits to Alaskans including state revenues, new job opportunities and access to decades of domestically produced natural gas for homes and businesses in Alaska.

According to a study by NERA Economic Consulting, submitted in support of the application, the Alaska LNG project would have “unequivocally positive” economic impacts in Alaska and the United States. The Alaska LNG project is anticipated to create up to 15,000 jobs during construction and approximately 1,000 jobs for operation of the project. 

The proposed project facilities include: a liquefaction plant and terminal in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula; an 800-mile, 42-inch pipeline; up to eight compression stations; at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery; and a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope. 

The Alaska LNG project participants are the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and affiliates of TransCanada, BP, ConocoPhillips, and ExxonMobil. The project is now in the pre-front-end engineering and design phase, which is expected to be completed in 2016. For more information on Alaska LNG, visit ak-lng.com.

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Miles Baker                                                                             BP Press Office

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation                             907-564-5143/907-301-8726

907-330-6360                                                                          Dawn.Patience@bp.com Mbaker@agdc.com 

Natalie Lowman                                                                      Kim Jordan

ConocoPhillips Alaska                                                            ExxonMobil Media Relations

907-263-4153                                                                          832-624-3780

n.m.lowman@cop.com                                                          Kimberly.a.jordan@exxonmobil.com


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7-18-14 Fairbanks LNG Project Briefing Last Night

18 July 2014 6:01am

AP by Becky Bohrer.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ... proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect ...
ADN by Sean Cockerham.  Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive ...





Below is last night's report on the Fairbanks LNG project briefing and here is the link to Tuesday's meeting in Anchorage.  -dh

Alaska LNG Project, Steve Butt, ExxonMobil, Photo by Dave HarbourFairbanks News Miner by Matt Buxton.  The man in charge of the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project—the oft-called "landmark" project to commercialize North Slope natural gas for in-state and export—is careful about how he talks about the multi-billion project.

First and foremost, Project Manager Steve Butt (NGP Photo) wants people to know that it's not a pipeline project, like natural gas projects before, but a fully integrated system that includes just about everything on either side of the 800-mile pipeline.

"This isn't a pipeline project, it's a LNG project," he said Thursday at the News-Miner prior to a town hall meeting at Wedgewood Resort later in the evening. "It's much more than a pipeline. The 800-mile pipeline is a super important part, but it's only a part."

7-17-14 Gas Pipeline/LNG Project Public Meetings

17 July 2014 10:45am

Fairbanks LNG/Gas Pipeline Project Meeting Tonight In Fairbanks.  Details....  Tuesday's Anchorage Meeting Report Below:

KSKA (Audio here) by Anne Hillman.  The Alaska LNG Project hosted a community meeting in Anchorage on Tuesday night. About 90 people listened to an explanation of the newest version of a plan to get natural gas from the North Slope to market.

Steve Butt, ExxonMobil, Alaska LNG Project, gas pipeline, Photo by Dave Harbour

Project manager Steve Butt (NGP Photo) explained this project is different from previous failed attempts to build a gas pipeline.

“An LNG project is when resource owners work together to create an infrastructure to connect that resource to a market,” Butt said. “It’s regulated differently, it has different business risks, and it’s a different business model. A pipeline is an important part of our project, but what we’re really trying to do is deliver gas to global markets, not to just any one market.”


Today's links from the office of the Federal Alaska Gas Pipeline Coordinator.  

Texas coal plant owner will sell CO2 for enhanced oil recovery


7-15-14 LNG Forum In Anchorage Tonight

15 July 2014 2:13am

Today's LNG Community Meeting In Anchorage

EPA Land Grab

By Bill White  

It’s been clear that the executive branch of the federal government is working overtime to extend its authority. This started long before Obama became president, but it has accelerated at an alarming rate since he took office. Obama’s administration has put out more regulations per week than any before, each of which extends EPA's authority to reach into people’s lives and control them and their businesses.

While the IRS has the reputation of being the most insidious of all government agencies, I’d have to say that the EPA is working hard to stay a close second. What started as a government agency to protect our corner of the world has become the political arm of the environmental movement.

That’s scary enough in and of itself. There aren’t many special interest groups that have control of a government agency, but the EPA has pretty much been taken over by environmentalists. Oh, they don’t “officially” own the EPA, but they pretty much dictate what the EPA does.

We see this no more clearly than watching how Obama’s EPA is working hand-in-hand with radical environmentalists to force the country into green energy, by making it either illegal or impossible to use cheaper sources of energy.

This is why yesterday we commended the work of Consumer Energy Alliance, for doing its best to protect consumer interests.  -dh

The EPA cares no more for your and my interests than those environmentalists do. Their focus is on taking the world back from man and giving it back to nature. It seems like if a few billion people have to die to do that, then as far as they’re concerned, no problem.

That may sound a bit alarmist, but it’s not a new notion. The Georgia Guidestones, a New Age monument, said to have the New Age Globalist Manifesto written on it, declares that one of their goals is to bring the world population down to 500 million people, about one-fourteenth of what it is today.

Interestingly enough, that same figure shows up in the United Nations Agenda 21. Agenda 21 purports itself to be a “voluntary action plan for sustainable development.” One hundred, seventy-eight countries have signed it, including the United States.Surprisingly, it was President Bush who signed it, not President Obama.

It takes a while to dig through Agenda 21 and gain any understanding of it, but it basically herds all of mankind into big cities, leaving the rest of the world to return back to nature.

Okay, so what does this have to do with the EPA? Since “sustainability” is a catch phrase for “protect the environment at all costs” it has a lot to do with the EPA. Essentially, the EPA is the government agency which has the greatest responsibility for implementing Agenda 21. They are coordinating the efforts of other government agencies, such as the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) to find ways of implementing the necessary changes so that Agenda 21 can be put into full effect.

Remember Clive Bundy and his ranch? That was the BLM working on a land grab. One thing that was hardly mentioned during that debate is that the BLM had already managed to put all the other ranchers in that area out of business; Bundy was the last man standing. They wanted to clear Bundy out, so that they could turn that area back over to nature as a refuge for the desert tortoise.

That’s bad enough, but the latest action by the EPA is even worse. The EPA is working to redefine the Clean Water Act, which gives them authority to regulate wetlands and waterways. Under the new definition, they would also have control over any lands which have temporary wetlands, as well as all tributaries that feed into waterways, even temporary tributaries.

(Video: Published on Jun 3, 2014; Uploaded under "Fair Use" provision for discussion and commentary at PolitiBrew.com)

That doesn’t sound so bad, until you understand what it means. We’ve already seen some of their definition, by how they’ve been attacking citizens, essentially implementing these new definitions before they are officially accepted.

A “temporary wetland” is anywhere that there is water present only part of the year. Let me ask you a question; is there any time during the year, where water puddles in your yard? If so, you have a temporary wetland. According to the EPA’s new definition, you don’t have control over your land, they do. Basically, they own your land.

The same thing can be said for temporary tributaries. If you have anyplace on your land where water runs off when it rains, leaving any sort of a mark, that would be considered a temporary tributary. Likewise, drainage ditches and landscaping ponds would give them the right to your land.

Let me be clear about this. The EPA is trying to use this twisting of the law to confiscate land from law-abiding American citizens, who haven’t done anything wrong. Their only justification is the way that they are writing regulations, nothing more. Congress hasn’t given them this authority, they have seized it on their own, perhaps under the president’s direction, perhaps not. Whether or not he has approved it really doesn’t matter, as they know he supports Agenda 21.

About the only way that you could make sure that your property is safe from seizure under these new regulations is to make sure that no water could fall on it.

I suppose if you built a roof that extends from border to border of your property, forcing all water that falls there to run off onto your neighbors’ property, you’d be safe. But then, all it would take is one leak in that roof and they’d have the loophole they need.

It is germane to note that this action is illegal. The Supreme Court has already ruled twice that the EPA’s authority is limited to relatively permanent bodies of water, not temporary ones.

However, that doesn’t meet the progressive agenda, nor does it allow them to implement Agenda 21. So you can be sure that they will keep on trying, regardless of whether their actions are legal or not.

Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them.  (Note: while NGP is devoted to energy issues and not future political theories, we do find White's analysis of EPA regulatory overreach to be generally consistent with the EPA's demonstrated due process abuses and overreaching excesses in Alaska.  From a national perspective, we find the Fox News video to be perhaps the only detailed media review of Federal Clean Water Act regulatory implications.   Natural resource developers, transporters, farmers, municipalities and states throughout the nation should have their government and external affairs offices placed on high alert and work with Congress to curtail EPA overreach before it does more damage to the economy and, indeed, to national security.   -dh)    


The Alaska LNG/Pipeline project will provide community project briefings this week in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

In Anchorage 


6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 15
(Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)


William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center
Lower Level - Summit Hall
555 W. 5th Avenue 

In Fairbanks 


6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 17
(Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)


Wedgewood Resort - Gazebo Room
1212 Wedgewood Drive 

The Alaska LNG team will provide a project overview and share information about current studies.   It will be an opportunity to both hear about and comment on the project.

Happily, sponsors will provide refreshments.


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.

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