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10-19-14

19 October 2014 12:23pm

Anti-Fossil Fuel Demonstration a Bust... Due to Lack of Fossil Fuel Power

 
Parnell, Walker continue to trade blows over Fairbanks' high energy prices.  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Sean Parnell's campaign fired back at independent gubernatorial candidate Bill ... 30 years to deliver on a natural gas pipeline and has utterly failed,” Wright said. ... If he'd taken action, Fairbanks might have been getting gas today.”.
 
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10-16-14 Our Keystone XL Pipeline Poem - "Opportunity Lost?"

16 October 2014 6:31am

Here's Our Little Ode To A Big American Pipeline Policy Tragedy


Saturday is ENERGY DAY in Houston!

Houston readers: a great family event (VIDEO)!  

To our other readers throughout the US and Canada: Contact CEA to replicate the model!

 


CNBC's Art Cashin On Oil Prices.  Readers can draw their own conclusions about how energy prices can affect the feasiblity of oil and gas pipeline and LNG projects.  -dh

Macleans by Andrew Leach.  If you ask Jim Prentice, the premier of Alberta, what keeps him up at night, he might say pipelines, but I’m sure oil prices aren’t too far behind....

Calgary Herald Editorial.  It seems the European Union may have finally come to its senses about Alberta's oilsands.  A new EU proposal that could make it easier to import crude oil derived from oilsands bitumen is good news for this province.

Our comment: North-South Keystone delay is more ammunition for West & East Canadian pipelines.  

More demand from Europe may well increase competition and Asia's thirst for Canadian "secure" imports, placing more priority on Alberta-BC pipelines as well. 

To the extent that low energy prices are sustained for a long period of time pipeline/LNG project financing can be adversely affected, delaying some project plans...derailing others. 

Dithering vs. Decisiveness Affects Energy Projects

Meanwhile, by its Keystone XL pipeline inaction, it seems the White House is intentionally opting America out of Canadian energy transportation opportunities, jobs and economic vitality.  This diplomatic failure has created a high level of mistrust between the two countries which have historically been each other's largest trading partner.

We should add that when the U.S. policy of dithering applies to national security, energy security is at risk and that is also a fact energy investors must consider.  

Israel has recently demonstrated, once again, the importance of decisiveness and the principle of "peace through strength". The current "peace" has made the promise of natural gas exports more realistic, because Israel decisively answered a national security threat.  It seems poised to leverage its gas exports for peaceful diplomatic ends.  Its exports should have some proportional effect on world gas supply and demand.  

Thus should its production enter into the calculus of other middle eastern, North American, Australian, Asian and Russian LNG project planners.  

See poem below. -dh  


Ode To An American Pipeline Policy Tragedy*

by

Dave Harbour

 

Your jobs-to-be now wither, hither,

 

as our own envoys yawn and dither;

 

and Canadian convoys rolling thither,

 

pack our pipe dreams northward, yon:

 

                    sadly, ditching US anon.

Rev. 10-16-14, 16:12, CDT


*Footnotes:

1.  Ode To An American Pipeline Policy Tragedy, Copyright 2014 Dave Harbour  (Note to editors: we herewith give permission for editors and publishers to reprint this poem between 10-16-14 and 12-31-14 without compensation to the author under the condition that proper attribution is made along with a link to this page and a copy or link to the copied work is forwarded here.   Editors and publishers wishing to reproduce the poem after 12-31-14 are invited to contact the author for permission here.)

2.  Ode To An American Pipeline Policy Tragedy: Or, Pipeline Opportunity Lost?, with Apology To John Milton.  With that, we leave our cherished readers with this observation and question: TransCanada's Keystone falters as its Energy East project rises.  Had earlier, decisive White House approval produced thousands of Keystone XL Pipeline jobs by now in the U.S. and Canada, would so much Alberta oil pipe capacity -- East and West -- now be so necessary?  -dh

 

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10-12-14

12 October 2014 12:11pm

Governor Sean Parnell, Gas Pipeline, Sb 138, SB 21, AGIA, Dave Harbour photoIn an Alaska Dispatch interview, Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) said, "With the passage of SB 138 earlier this year, we are taking steps toward construction of a natural gas pipeline.

"Federal applications have been submitted, and my administration is now working with potential buyers in Japan. My administration continues to identify various financing mechanisms for the state's portion of this project; thanks to our solid credit rating, we have options."  Read more here.

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10-10-14 "Interesting Moments" From Our Video Archives - Alaska's Congressional Delegation Unites On LNG

10 October 2014 6:06am

Alaska Delegation Unites to Urge DOE Approval of Alaska LNG Export Application


We continue to have high respect for Prime Minister Harper!


This Week's Petroleum News Bakken - Petroleum News


The Alliance's Rebecca Logan writes, "Great presentation yesterday morning by Greg Lalicker from Hilcorp!   Over 200 folks in attendance!!"  We are pleased to attach that presentation for your review.  -dh


We know two Members of Mark Begich, Alaska, US Senator, Dave Harbour Photo, President Obama, Executive Order, Monuments, due process, lawless, rule of lawAlaska's Congressional Delegation who oppose President Obama's irresponsible use of Executive Orders and EPA's preemptive blockage of projects which destroys the concept of "due process" and "Rule of Law".

Here, the President has, by fiat, created the "San Gabriel National Monument", without public input.  We would hope that our Democrat Senator, Mark Begich (NGP Photo), could prevail on the President -- along with his Republican colleagues -- to avoid such unilateral actions which we could otherwise see repeated before 2016 in Alaska and other resource rich states.  -dh


Senate Energy Committee Communications Guru Robert Dillon writes us that, "The Wall Street Journal opinion page yesterday took the Obama administration to the woodshed for failing to take advantage of the historic opportunity to improve our security and economy by strengthening energy ties with Canada and Mexico." 

In a violent, disordered world, the disagreements among the U.S., Canada and Mexico are minor. The benefits of uniting the economies of these three huge, peaceful nations are real. But it will require a U.S. presidential candidate with some of Prime Minister Harper’s vision to make it happen.

Amateur Hour Energy Videos For Our Readers and For Our Archives (Along With Hundreds of Thousands of Research Documents, Presentations, Maps, News Items and Editorials: Google Search Our Archives, Upper Right Column.)

In reviewing our "amateur hour" You Tube Channel, we encounter some “Interesting Moments” in Northern Energy history.  Your author recorded these moments, over the years, either 1) to post on his northerngaspipelines.com webpage, or 2) as research for articles, or (3 as requested raw footage for other news/video producers.  These links will become a part of the Northern Gas Pipelines archives.  Other tapes preserved on this channel are more personal in nature or deal with other than energy subjects.  None of our videos pretend to be professionally filmed.  Enjoy!

Warren Buffett Congratulates Governor Sarah Palin (Then, not now....)

Acting Mayor Matt Clayman Dozes On Stage At National Energy Meeting In Anchorage

Governor Walter Hickel Addresses Federal ‘Broken Promises’ (Hosted with permission)

Dave Harbour: Memorial Day Interview Including Energy Policy Issues

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s Staff Coordinates Environmental Rally For Media

Bjorn Lomborg Gives Balanced, Global Warming Scientific Perspective

Commissioners Bill Reilly and Fran Ulmer Hearing: Deepwater Horizon

Dave Harbour Presents NARUC/IOGCC Study To Energy Council On Costs Of Maintaining Moratoria Against Energy Development On Federal Lands, Using Federal Modeling Program

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Re: Energy and Environment

Senator Ted Stevens Supports LNG Alternative For North Slope Gas

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Here are some other unedited videos on our VIMEO channel:

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski On The Federal “Assault On Alaska”
  • Governor Jay Hammond And Legislature Define ‘Fair Share’ Of Petroleum Revenue
  • Dave Harbour On Value Of Calgary Arctic Gas Symposium

    Alaska Delegation Letter To DOE

     

    Alaska Delegation Urges DOE to Approve Alaska LNG Export Application

    U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, (NGP Photo), Senator Mark Begich (NGP Photo) and Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, last week called on the Department of Energy to expeditiously approve a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export license to ensure Alaska’s stranded natural gas resources reach market.

    In a letter sent to Director of the Division of Natural Gas Regulatory Activities John Anderson, the delegation detailed the Alaska LNG Project’s plans to export LNG to both free-trade agreement (FTA) and non-free trade Agreement (non-FTA) countries, as well as its importance to the state’s future.

    “The Alaska LNG Project would be the largest integrated natural gas, LNG project of its kind ever designed and constructed, with an estimated cost of $45 billion to $65 billion,” the delegation wrote. “No other single project is as important to Alaska’s economic future as this massive infrastructure project.”

    The developers of the Alaska LNG Project – Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, and the pipeline company TransCanada – are seeking a license to export 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day for 30 years. To date, the largest volume of LNG approved for export by DOE was 2.2 Bcf a day for the Sabine Pass project in Louisiana. DOE has also typically approved licenses for 20 years.

    “This is an important project for the future of the state’s economy and it’s important that DOE officials move quickly to approve it as they have all other export projects from Alaska,” Murkowski said. “I’m committed to doing everything I can at the federal level to push it across the finish line.”

    “This is another good step get this critical project moving, and I am glad to stand together with the rest of the delegation,” said Begich. “This natural gas project is good for Alaska’s economy and will create jobs, not to mention the Alaska LNG Project would provide Alaskans significant state revenue, thousands of high-paying construction and operational jobs, and access to low-cost energy.”

    “The Alaska LNG Project is a long time coming, and I’m pleased that a united congressional delegation is working to remove federal barriers to bring our tremendous natural gas resources to market,” said Young. “Projects such as this will encourage Alaska’s prosperity by ensuring well-paying jobs for our citizens and added revenue for our state, all while continuing Alaska’s role in meeting the energy needs of the 21st Century.”

    The delegation pointed out that DOE has previously acknowledged that treatment of LNG export applications in Alaska will necessarily differ from lower 48 applications, and that a presidential finding from 1988 stating that exports of LNG from Alaska “will not diminish the total quantity or quality nor increase the total price of energy available to the United States” is valid and applicable to the Alaska LNG Project application.

    “We believe that the export authorization sought by the Alaska LNG Project is fully consistent with both the public interest of Alaska and the nation,” the delegation wrote. “As the Alaska Congressional Delegation, we write to request that you approve this application expeditiously.”

    SEE THE 9-30-14 LETTER .PDF HERE....


     

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10-6-14

06 October 2014 10:44am

See this week's Petroleum News headlines, including these:

Alaska LNG team in place - 10/05/2014 (Full story) Three project offices for the Alaska LNG Project — in Anchorage, Houston and Calgary — are up and running, legislators were told Sept. 29 in Anchorage at the first public update on the project since enabling legislation was signed into law in May. Steve Butt, overall manager for the Alaska LNG 

  • Guide to Alaska natural gas projects - 10/05/2014  Pipeline to Southcentral A 737-mile, 36-inch buried pipeline from the Prudhoe Bay field on Alaska's North Slope to the Big Lake area north of Anchorage. From there, the gas could flow to consumers, utilities and other industry via the local distribution pipelines of ENSTAR Natural Gas Co. The pipeli....

     

  • CIPL to replace west side pipe section - 10/05/2014  Cook Inlet Pipe Line Co. has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for work required to replace a 6,000-foot section of the crude oil pipeline which runs along the west side of Cook Inlet. CIPL, owned by Hilcorp subsidiary Harvest Alaska, needs Corps authority for a temporary gravel pad to su....

     

  • Cook Inlet Energy to drill gas prospect - 10/05/2014  Cook Inlet Energy LLC is planning to drill an exploratory well on its Kahiltna natural gas prospect in the Susitna basin. The Anchorage-based company lays out the project in a plan of operations filed recently with the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas. Cook Inlet Energy holds exploration licenses on e....
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10-4-14

04 October 2014 7:38pm

 
Guide to Alaska natural gas projects  Petroleum News
14 issue of Petroleum News, includes the Alaska LNG Project, ... TransCanada and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.; a smaller-scale LNG ...
 
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