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9-27-14 Lower 48 LNG Projects Move Ahead

27 September 2014 5:00pm

JD SUPRA BUSINESS ADIVSOR.  Shortly after finalizing its revised procedures for reviewing pending liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export applications, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued final authorizations for two facilities to export LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States (“non-FTA countries”).  

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The DOE’s revised procedures apply only to exports from the lower-48 states and explicitly exclude Alaska, given the potential utility of issuing conditional authorizations for unique Alaskan projects.              More here.....

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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.

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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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9-23-14

23 September 2014 4:11am

Pipeline stake expected to fuel Veresen LNG projectCalgary Herald, By Dan Healing, Calgary Herald September 22, 2014 7:37 PM ... US pipeline investment will better connect U.S. Rockies gas with Veresen Inc.'s ...


Alaska Dispatch News by Dermot Cole.  The key question mark about the state-backed effort to expand natural gas distribution in Fairbanks remains the price, with the release of new information put off until the end of the year.

The staff and board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority say the revised timetable on the gas trucking plan has nothing to do with the fall election, but is a consequence of a complex and challenging project with many moving parts made more difficult by a compressed schedule.

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9-11-4

19 September 2014 4:47am

FERC Approves Alaska LNG Project Prefiling request, Sean Parnell, Governr, Alaska, Dave Harbour PhotoFERC Approves Alaska LNG Project Pre-filing Request.  

Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) said yesterday. "Alaska is well-positioned to bring gas to Alaskans and markets beyond."

See Pipelines International Report.  -dh

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Bill Walker, Alaska, Governor, Candidate, LNG Project, Valdez, lawyer, Dave Harbour Photo

We consider this Alaska Journal of Commerce piece by Tim Bradner to be the most enlightening analysis to date of the Alaska LNG Project perspectives of Governor Sean Parnell and his challenger, Valdez lawyer Bill Walker (NGP Photo).  -dh


Calgary Herald by James Wood.  Alberta’s new point man in Washington believes the tide is turning in favour of the Keystone XL pipeline and he plans to be direct — but polite — in pushing the stalled project.

James Prentice, Premier, Alberta, Keystone, Rob Merrifield, Dave Harbour PhotoRob Merrifield, named this week by Premier Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) to serve as the province’s representative to the United States, said in an interview that upcoming mid-term Congressional elections could be “pivotal” for the proposed $5.4-billion TransCanada Pipelines’ project aimed at connecting Alberta’s oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

President Barack Obama has delayed making a decision on the pipeline but Merrifield said Thursday the Senate is only three votes short on a vote on Keystone.


CBC.  Barack Obama's Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, was in Ottawa for talks Thursday and signed a memorandum of understanding with Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford on 11 areas of bilateral energy co-operation.

At a joint news conference, both were asked whether Ukraine could soon import oil and gas from North America to help reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

"We're taking steps to diversify our markets," Rickford said, reiterating the Harper government's strategy of trying to find new export opportunities in response to a declining demand in the U.S. for Canadian oil as it builds its own indigenous supplies.

"We're looking for our rightful place in a fair global pricing of oil," Rickford said. "I think that's obvious and plain and clear."

When Moniz was asked whether his department had been asked to examine the viability of oil exports from Texas to Europe, all he would say is that "we provide technical assistance when we can to our administration colleagues."

In the short term, the U.S. does not have a surplus of domestic oil available to export to Ukraine. But, he hinted, that could change. 

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9-17-14 Comment Now On EPA Overreach In Alaska. Deadline Friday!

17 September 2014 4:36am

Comment Before Friday On 1) EPA's Overreaching Jurisdiction, 2) Erosion Of America's Rule Of Law, And 3) Attack On Our Constitutional Right Of Due Process.  All Americans In General And Particularly Every Alaskan Are Entitled To Be Outraged!  Reference: Our many editorials on this issue, including this one, and this.  Is This The Country The Founders And So Many Generations Have Loved, Then Defended With "...Our Lives, Our Fortunes And Our Sacred Honor?"  -dh


Deantha Crockett, Alaska Miners Association, Pebble, Watershed, Bristol Bay, Gold, EPA, Overreach, rule of law, Photo by Dave HarbourFrom Deantha Crockett (NGP Photo), Executive Director of the Alaska Miners Association, comes this action request which we heartily endorse:

Friday, September 19 is the deadline to comment on the EPA's Proposed Determination Pursuant to Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act on the Pebble Deposit Area.  The agency’s intention is to preemptively place restrictions on development of a mine at Pebble, however, they are effectively a veto of a mine at Pebble. 

Other:

Jim Prentice, Alberta Premier, Pipeline, Priority, Cabinet Changes, Dave Harbour PhotoWe know Alberta's new Premier, Jim Prentice (NGP Photo), to be one of North America's great leaders.  This week, he makes pipeline projects a top priority -- and shuffles his cabinet accordingly.  See Stephen Ewart's Calgary Herald story.  -dh


Sean Parnell, Alaska Governor, Bill Walker Reckless, Gas Pipeline, Dave Harbour PhotoADN Op-Ed.  Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) says Opponent's Gasline Criticism Is Reckless.


BOEM's John Callahan tells us that Shell's draft 2015 Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan will be posted here.  -dh

Points to consider in your testimony and comments:

  • A preemptive decision, prior to permit or project application and completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, is unacceptable, whether it be approval or denial of any project in any industry.
  • The proposed determination ignores existing processes, undermining existing agency responsibilities on both the state and federal level.  Further, the EPA does not have the authority under the Clean Water Act to preemptively block  development
  • Any potential 404(c) actions against the Pebble Project are premature.  The project has not yet been finalized and no permit applications – including detailed plans and environmental mitigation strategies – have been submitted to government agencies, nor has the NEPA process been initiated.  As a result, the current assessment and any preemptive action would deprive government agencies and stakeholders of the specific information, science, and rigorous reviews that would come out of the multi-­‐year NEPA process.
  • Every project, no matter the size or location, should have an opportunity to be reviewed under existing legal processes.  In the case of mining, there are more than 60 major permits and hundreds more from local, state, and federal agencies that must be successfully obtained.  If the process determines a project as designed cannot protect the environment and other resources, it will not advance.  The process will not permit one industry or resource to advance at the expense of another.
  • Any 404(c) action outside the existing permitting process would be an extreme case of federal overreach and an assault on Alaska sovereignty.  The Pebble mineral deposit is not located on federal land, nor inside a refuge or park.  It is located on state land designated for mineral exploration.  The State of Alaska depends on the responsible development of natural resources on its lands to diversify and support its economy.
  • Until an application is filed describing the project in detail and an Environmental Impact Statement is completed, the EPA is prematurely determining adverse impacts based on hypothetical assessments and inapplicable modeling.
  • The proposed determination and potential actions would undermine existing regulatory processes and set a dangerous precedent for future projects.  If the EPA preemptively stops projects before they enter the permitting process, any large project could be at risk.  Preemptive action by the EPA could become a new tool opponents use to stop projects, or at a minimum, introduce significant uncertainty and delay, chilling Alaska's business climate.
Ways to comment:
 

1) Submit Online:

Reference Docket ID No. EPA-R10-PW-2014-0505: http://www.regulations.gov

2) Send an email to: ow-docket@epa.gov, include Docket #EPA-R10-PW-2014-0505 in the subject line. 

3) Mail three copies to:           

Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency       

Mail Code 2822T

Attn.: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-PW-2014-0505

1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20460

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Alaska Gas Project Moves Foreward

12 September 2014 5:04pm

Journal of Commerce by Tim Bradner.  Step by step, the Alaska LNG Project is moving forward. The project made a big advance Sept. 5 with its application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin a pre-filing process for the project. 

Earlier this summer an application was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy for a license to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG. Pre-Front End Engineering and Design work, or pre-FEED, which will cost about half a billion dollars, also got underway this summer.

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