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11-26-14 U.S. Thanksgiving Prayers and Pipelines

26 November 2014 12:24pm

US Thanksgiving 2014: Americans Thankful For Plenty Should Be Thankful To Their Creator and Their Devout Predecessors! -dh


Bill Walker, Alaska Governor, AGDC, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, Photo by Dave HarbourADN by Alex DeMarban.  Gov.-elect Bill Walker (NGP Photo) on Monday began the thorny task of meeting with officials from the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., an entity he targeted during his campaign as ripe for cuts, with its high salaries and the state's dueling gas pipeline projects.


Western Canadian pipelines may be looking better but they, Keystone XL and Energy East still have their challenges.          -dh  

Quebec won't be pressured by provinces to back pipeline: Couillard

Alberta and Saskatchewan premiers fire back at Ontario and Quebec conditions on Energy East ...

A ‘pure fabrication': TransCanada CEO fuels war of words over Obama’s Keystone comments

Quebec and Ontario shouldn't bite the hand that feeds them

Cooper: Central Canadians should be prepared to freeze in the dark

Three proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas projects in northern B.C. have been awarded the environmental green light by the provincial government.  The ministries of Environment and Natural Gas Development have now issued environmental assessment certificates for two pipelines and one export facility.


TODAY's Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Links: 

New York Times: Its Grip on Oil Weakening, OPEC Will Meet on Prices
As oil prices continue to plummet, the once-dominant international cartel of producers is losing its sway over the global energy markets.
 
Reuters: U.S. House to hold hearing on oil export ban
A House of Representatives panel will hold a hearing on Dec. 11 to explore whether a decades-old law that prohibits the export of crude oil makes sense in an era of domestic energy abundance.
 
The Washington Times: Falling energy prices could cloud U.S. production boom: IEA
Falling global oil prices may be good for consumers, but pose new challenges for America’s producers, according to a new global energy survey issued this week by the International Energy Agency.
 
Oil & Gas Journal: EPA air proposals should recognize progress, API official says
The US Environmental Protection Agency should recognize progress that is continuing before it considers imposing costly new air quality requirements, an American Petroleum Institute official suggested.
 
The Wall Street Journal: What’s Wrong With Oil Transport by Rail
I recently sat down to dinner with a group of high-level agricultural sector leaders in Minnesota. Again and again, the conversation turned to an issue that’s at the forefront of these business leaders’ minds: the fact that railcars carrying crude oil are displacing cars carrying agricultural goods, resulting in massive delays in shipments of hundreds of pounds of food.
 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Shale wells become leading source of natural gas
Shale gas wells accounted for more natural gas production than any other type of well in 2013, marking the first year that has happened, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
 
Washington Post: O’Malley report confirms that HF can be done “safely”
Outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is ready to allow drilling for natural gas in Western Maryland, but only if energy companies adhere to some of the most restrictive public health and environmental safeguards in the country.
 
Houston Chronicle: Oil price slump to force spending cuts, Moody’s says
As crude continues to slump with no end in sight, Moody’s Investors Services predicted that oil companies will slash their capital budgets 20 percent next year and possibly more if weak prices persist.
 
New York Times: A Potent, Overlooked Greenhouse Gas
Although methane emissions are also produced by landfills and agricultural operations, the easiest to control are the methane leaks that occur in the drilling and transmission of natural gas and, to a lesser extent, oil. These emissions are expected to rise substantially as industry continues to exploit old and new natural gas deposits through the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
 
Politico Pro Morning Energy: Industry Group Seeks To Toss Fourth Colorado Shale Ban
The Colorado Oil and Gas Association is going after the last voter-approved fracking ban that passed in the last few years, asking a state judge on Monday to invalidate a ban blocking fracking in Broomfield, a Denver suburb home to about 59,000.
 
Daily Camera: Boulder commissioners extend moratorium
Boulder County commissioners have officially extended the county's temporary moratorium on accepting new oil and gas development applications until July 1, 2018.On Tuesday morning, Commissioners Deb Gardner and Elise Jones adopted a resolution that follows the 3 ½ -year moratorium-continuation decision they and Commissioner Cindy Domenico made on Nov. 13.
 
State Journal-Register: State begins accepting shale applications
Companies can begin filing for hydraulic fracturing permits in Illinois, though it remains uncertain how soon the hotly debated oil and gas production technique might begin. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has posted permit applications online, spokesman Chris Young said Tuesday. Companies must register with the department 30 days prior to submitting the application.
 
Bismarck Tribune: State officials denounce New York Times report
State officials Tuesday denounced a months-long investigative report conducted by the New York Times that ran last weekend as being an inaccurate portrayal of how state has regulated the oil and gas industry in recent years.
 
NPR: Most natural gas now comes from shale
Most of the natural gas in the United States now comes from shale gas wells, according to information released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Seven years ago, shale made up just 8 percent of the overall gas production for the United States, but last year it accounted for 79 percent of production.
 
The Journal: Is the shale boom in Virginia in for a bust?
There is no business quite as boom and bust as the oil and gas industry. A trend develops, high prices seem to be the wave of the future, massive investments are made, and then oops, things change and for a little while at least it’s a bust. This has happened so many times that it’s possible to lose count.
 
Houston Chronicle: Lone Star College building 'rig' to train workers
On 18-acres of an old oilfield near Tomball, construction workers will soon begin to build a new rig, but they're not trying to strike oil. Instead, the steel tower and platforms will be the newest classroom of sorts of the Lone Star College system's oil- and gas- drilling training program, providing a hands-on experience for would-be roustabouts to hone their skills in darkness, rain and heat.
 
Texas Tribune: College Voters to Blame for Denton Ban
Did college students tilt the outcome of Denton’s vote to ban hydraulic fracturing? That question has stirred debate since the city – home to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University – became the first in Texas to ban the oilfield technique that sparked a drilling boom and spawned tension in some urban areas.
 
Dallas Morning News: Signs emerge that Texas oil boom could be slowing
The drilling boom that has resurrected Texas’ oil industry is showing signs of slowing down. In West Texas, where a new generation of wildcatters has turned Midland into a boomtown again, drillers are starting to pull back from marginal areas where prospects are less certain.
 
SNL: Lacking production, Mexico to be dependent on US gas for years, ex-official says
According to a former Mexican government official, the refusal of the state-run PEMEX Gas y Petroquímica to invest in natural gas drilling will make the country dependent on gas imports from the U.S. for a considerable time.   


US Thanksgiving 2014: Americans Thankful For Plenty Should Be Thankful To Their Creator and Their Devout Predecessors!   After reviewing thanksgiving devotions of America's presidents (Below) -- and considering today's challengs -- can we afford to be less devout?    -dh

1.  Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation (1789)

2.  Abraham Lincoln's First Thanksgiving Day Proclamation    This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of ... George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving....

3.  Lincoln's historic Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

4.  Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation 118 - Thanksgiving Day, 1864

5.  Abraham Lincoln, father of the Thanksgiving holiday

6.  Abraham Lincoln and the "Mother of Thanksgiving"

7.  Calvin Coolidge Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

8.  Ronald Reagan's Thanksgiving Day Messages

 

 

 

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11-25-14 Alaskanomics' Northern Energy Report (RDC)

25 November 2014 9:26am

RDC Alert! (Send us your ARCTIC OCS comment for our archives!)  Petroleum News reports what the Russians are doing in the OCS!


Reader Steve Borell provides this link: Germany overreacted by diminishing nuclear power in wake of the ​Fukushima ​disaster--and now is desperate for more coal fired power!  -dh
Calgary Herald by James Wood.  Alberta Premier Jim Prentice sees opportunity trumping obstacles.  -dh
Today's Consumer energy Alliance energy links.
Pebble Partnership's short term judicial victory; but the jury is still out on the long term result of EPA coordinating with environmental activists to pre - emptively block development projects in violation of Constitutional, due process rights.  -dh

Resource Development Council (RDC) Conference Part I, II

by Katie Bender (NGP Photo), Alaskanomics

​(Complete conference agenda with videos and presentations)

The Resource Development CouncilKatie Bender, Northrim, Alaskanomics, Alaska, RDC, Resource Development Council for Alaska, Photo by Dave Harbour hosted the 35th Annual Alaska Resource Conference last week. ... Alaskanomics ... highlight(s) the presentations from the conference.

The two-day event allows the resource industry to gather and look back at the past year, while planning for the coming year. There were many things to celebrate at this year’s conference, but participants and speakers were decidedly cautious about the State’s fiscal future.  

As is the tradition, the conference started out with an outlook for the coming year by Alaska Department of Labor Economist, Neal Fried. With the exception of 2009, the Alaska economy has been growing for the past 25 years. The growth has not always been by leaps and bounds, but it has been moving in the right direction. In 2014, it is predicted that there will only be about 900 new jobs in Alaska, which is only 0.6 percent. This is not as strong as many would hope and there will be a breakdown of the employment categories in January when the annual wrap up is published. Fried continued with brief updates of the various resource industries.

  • Timber has had very little change and is down with record lows
  • Mining is largely unchanged as well and has slowed and growth has flattened out
  • Fishing grew in both processing and harvesting this past year
  • Oil keeps hitting new highs, North Slope employment has doubled in the past decade
  • The Visitor Industry is up for the third year in a row

Alaska earnings have grown since a dip in the late 1990s and we currently have the second highest household income behind Maryland. The population grew in the past year, but the growth is starting to slow down.

Kara Moriarty of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association gave the update for the oil and gas industry. She shared the usual numbers that more than one third of all Alaska jobs are tied to the oil and gas industry and for every one industry job, 20 other jobs are generated through industry spending. The oil industry paid $6.9 billion in taxes and royalties and luckily the current tax policy generates more revenue at low prices than the old regime. This is very good since the price of oil has dipped below $80 a barrel. There has been a lot of new development on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet. Moriarty finished with the reminder that while we cannot control the price of oil or Alaska’s high cost environment, we could all be “Resource Proud”.

Stephanie Madsen of the At-Sea Processors Association shared that the fishing industry continues to grow and is currently the number one private sector employer in the state. The value of Alaska’s fisheries fluctuates because of the global market. The industry continues to be challenged by environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) calling for protected areas. Madsen continued by noting that Alaskan fisheries historically have been managed conservatively and are continually adapting to the varying definitions of sustainable.

Keith Coulter with Koncor Forest Projects gave the update for the timber industry, which by far has seen the largest decline of other resource industries. He noted that both fishing and forestry are sustainable and renewable and are not mutually exclusive. Rural communities that have lost timber are having a hard time replacing the jobs and income that were seen with the timber industry. Coulter shared that he felt that Federal Forests should be managed in the same way that private forests are and Alaska should resist efforts to adopt federal forest practices. He warned that changes to the Alaska forest practice should be informed by contemporary science. Coulter also urged the need for reform of federal overreach in the Tongass and elsewhere through fewer environmental regulations and restrictions.

Karen Matthias with the Council of Alaska Producers gave the update for the mining industry. She was proud to share that both Red Dog and Greens Creek Mines were celebrating their 25th anniversary of operation. She said the industry needed to do a better job at sharing success stories from around the state. An example is that Usibelli Mine has been in operation for more than 70 years and is mining responsibly. There are more than 5000 direct mining jobs in Alaska with an average annual wage of $100,000. Donlin Gold is in the permitting process and other mines could bring many new jobs to the state. Alaska is number one in the world for pure mineral potential and holds incredible potential in the mining industry. It was no surprise to conference attendees that permitting is consistently the biggest challenge in mining and is a very slow process. The outlook is bleak right now, but the industry can redouble efforts to fight against those trying to block responsible development and educate the public on the positive impact of mining so that things might improve.

Gideon Garcia with CIRI Alaska Tourism wrapped up the year in review with the tourism industry update. This past year, Alaska saw 1.96 million visitors, who spent $3.9 billion. The tourism industry adds 46,000 jobs for Alaskans. The projections for the 2015 season look good. Cruise traffic is predicted to have a 2.8 percent increase and overall visitor traffic is expected to jump 2-3 percent in 2015.

The year in review and 2015 outlook is a staple to the RDC conference and while presenters were proud to share accomplishments within their individual industries, it was obvious that the challenges of federal overreach, commodity prices, and regulations weighed heavy in the room.

Alaskanomics will continue to highlight the conference with Investment in Action by Trond-Erik Johansen of ConocoPhillips Alaska and Investing in Alaska’s Future with Janet Weiss of BP Exploration (Alaska).

 Posted by  at 04:10 PM in Alaska's EconomyFishing IndustryJobsMiningNatural ResourcesOil & GasPopulationTaxes,TimberTourism | Permalink  


RDC Part 2

The first day of the RDC conference continued with discussions from the heads of ConocoPhillips Alaska and BP Alaska about their investment in the North Slope. Both companies have had a busy year and are continuing the trend of investment in Alaska.

Trond-Erik Johansen of ConocoPhillips kicked things off, assuring the crowd that there are many good things happening in Alaska. There have been some challenging debates over the past few years, but ConocoPhillips will continue to move forward and will stay the course of investing on the North Slope. ConocoPhillips is very focused on converting resources that are in the ground into real oil in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). The 2014 capital budget was up 50 percent from 2013 and is double the 2008-2012 average. The CD5 project, that was announced prior to SB21, is on schedule and on budget ($1 billion). The first oil from the project is estimated to flow at the end of 2015 with peak production at an estimated 16,000 BOPD in 2016.

The Alaska projects that were announced since SB21 hit the books are also still on track. Two new rigs were added at Kuparuk and are producing an additional 8,000 BOPD per rig. Each rig also added an additional 100 direct jobs for the state. Kuparuk production has flattened with the additional rigs. There are new projects in the Western North Slope/Alpine area that will help slow the production decline. A new Kuparuk drill site 2S (Shark Tooth) has been approved for construction. Peak workforce during construction will be 250+ jobs in 2015. The project has a budget of $500 million. An additional 8,000 BOPD is predicted to start in late 2015. Greater Moose’s Tooth is in the permitting stage. If permits are received by February 2015, the project will add 30,000 BOPD in 2017. Johansen wrapped up his presentation with a note about the Cook Inlet Assets and Natural Gas Sales. It is the only LNG plant to export from the US. Exports only occur in the summer because the gas is needed in Alaska during the cold, winter months.

Janet Weiss of BP Alaska shared Johansen’s optimism for the future of Alaska’s North Slope. As of November 18, BP and Hilcorp closed the deal that transferred a portion of BP’s North Slope assets to Hilcorp. The transfer allows BP to focus on the major fields and to remain competitive at Prudhoe Bay. BP will add a rig in 2015 and another in 2016, which will increase activity by 40 percent. They will also add an additional 25 miles of pipeline to bring more oil to TAPS in 2017. BP will also expand their current pads at Prudhoe and add a new drilling pad in the near future.

BP continues to invest not only in production, but also in Alaskans and education. As a company, BP has invested $28 billion in education and workforce programs in Alaska. They will continue their focus on growing the resource space that includes the people of Alaska and not just the capital.

Both ConocoPhillips and BP were cautiously optimistic about being able to slow the production decline on the North Slope. They are both working to move projects forward. Production is still far from the levels of the past, but both leaders felt that Alaska was moving in the right direction and that there are still plenty of resources to develop.

Governor Parnell stopped by the conference for a brief thank you to the resource industry. He highlighted the growth that has been seen during his time in office. Southcentral Alaska has new economic possibilities, especially along the Kenai Peninsula. The Governor thanked everyone in attendance for their support and their work to create more economic opportunities and growth. He concluded by saying how thankful he was for the opportunity to serve Alaska and its citizens and looked forward to getting back to work as a regular citizen.

More RDC highlights will be posted throughout the week.

 Posted by  at 11:52 AM in Alaska's EconomyJobsOil & Gas | Permalink


 

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11-20-14 Can Prentice Rescue Keystone?

20 November 2014 1:22pm

 

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Prentice heading to Washington after Keystone pipeline falls short of approval
Prentice heading to Washington after Keystone pipeline falls short of approval ... Premier Jim Prentice will travel in January to Washington, D.C., where he ... additional action on greenhouse gas emissions to win Obama's approval of

KTNA Radio: Listen to the Audio.  The State of Alaska has made many attempts to build a gas pipeline.  Currently, a lot of effort is being put into the Alaska LNG Project, a partnership between the state, the three largest oil producers, and Trans-Canada.  The project recently held an open-house meeting in Trapper Creek. 


Calgary Herald.  TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) is plotting new pipelines that would tap into burgeoning U.S. shale oil deposits, a company executive told investors a day after efforts to speed up approval of its Keystone XL project failed in the U.S. Senate.

Paul Miller, the executive in charge of liquids pipelines, divulged few details of the nascent projects at the company's annual investor conference in Toronto.

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10-29-14 Stick With Both Pipeline Projects For The Time Being

29 October 2014 6:43am

 

ADN by Dermot Cole.  Gov. Sean Parnell argues that the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline is a priceless insurance policy against the possibility that the oil companies will decide by 2019 that they do not want to build a larger pipeline.

Challenger Bill Walker counters that it is a pricey plan that would ensure energy costs in Anchorage would go up. He wants to stop spending money on ASAP as soon as possible.

Parnell said the two gas lines should be pursued for the same reason that the proposed Susitna-Watana dam should remain in the mix for Alaska’s energy future -- it’s not clear yet which one is the best bet.

The list of mega-projects should not be trimmed "until we have something in hand for Alaskans," Parnell said.

“Yes, everything has to be on the table, yes you have to prioritize spending,” he said in a recent Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate.

ADN Op-Ed (Currently appearing in other publications as well), by John Burns.  This political season is generating much debate about Alaska’s public investment in developing a North Slope natural gas pipeline. As chairman of the board for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, I’ve been intimately involved in both alternatives currently being advanced -- the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the Alaska LNG project. I can assure you that we are progressing both options in the most prudent and cost-efficient manner. The ultimate goal is to select the project that is in our state’s best long-term interests. Now is not the time to abandon either. 


Today's Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Links: 

National Journal: Do Falling Oil Prices Change the Math on Keystone? *David Holt Op-ed
EIA.gov consistently releases reports that show the U.S. economy will continue to need crude oil for the foreseeable future. EIA.gov data also shows that the price of a barrel of oil fluctuates over time. In 2008, crude oil sold for $96.94 a barrel, four years later the price rose to $108.56. What we do know is the price of a barrel of oil will rise and fall and the U.S. economy will continue to buy crude oil. Which brings us back to Keystone XL. Pipelines, such as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline or the Colonial Pipeline which runs from Houston, TX to Linden, NJ, are vital to powering the U.S. economy. Just as an airline or rental car company is vital for a business traveler, pipelines are critically important for an economy.
 
National Journal’s Energy Edge: EPA Announces New Steps in Clean-Power Plan*David Holt Quoted
"A farmer may not grow as much corn next season because speculation is driving down prices, but that doesn't mean that he will walk away from the crop, that fertilizer companies will stop producing fertilizer or that manufacturers will stop building tractors. Apply the same logic to Keystone XL versus lower oil prices and you quickly dismiss any argument against pipeline construction." —David Holt, president, Consumer Energy Alliance
 
The Energy Voice: How Affordable Energy Helps Keep Healthcare Affordable
Hospitals hum with energy from nurses, doctors and a cast of support staff who provide care and treatment to help the sick heal. Healthcare professionals rely on their skills as well as facilities and equipment to provide care, all of which requires dependable sources of energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, healthcare facilities consume close to 10 percent of the total energy used in commercial buildings in the United States.  A cost the federal government estimates to be more than $8 billion a year.
 
The Hill: Offshore drilling — the Keystone pipeline of the sea
While half a million people marched in New York and across the nation for climate action this fall and the U.S. launched a new air war in the oil-rich Middle East, President Obama moved forward on one of his least noted but potentially highest impact energy decisions.
 
Fuel Fix: Oil companies want more time for Arctic drilling
Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far, federal regulators have been skeptical.
 
CNBC: Could shale help US beat Saudi Arabia as top oil producer?
The fracking revolution could open the way for the U.S. to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's number one oil producer, energy research provider Platts said in a report on Tuesday.
 
The Wall Street Journal: Obama’s Post-Election Policy Blowout
Decisions on immigration, Iran and other hot issues that were delayed for political reasons will be coming soon.
 
Reuters: Kerry wants Keystone pipeline decision 'sooner rather than later'
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a visit to Canada that he would like to make a decision soon on TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
 
Bloomberg Businessweek: TransCanada Keystone Decision May Come Soon, Kerry Says
A decision on TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, designed to ship growing Canadian oil sands supplies to Gulf Coast refineries, may come soon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saidThe 
 
The Wall Street Journal: Planned TransCanada Pipeline Would Allow Gulf Access, CEO Says
A planned Trans- Canada Corp. oil pipeline designed to ship crude from Western Canada to Eastern Canadian refineries could also be used to access the Gulf Coast, creating an end-run around U.S. permitting delays for the Keystone XL pipeline, according to the company’s chief executive.

Globe and Mail: Keystone foes energized as tumbling crude prices pinch oil sands
Falling oil prices have energized opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
 
UPI: Canada 'impressed' with Keystone XL vetting
The Canadian government is "impressed" with the State Department's vetting of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said.
 
Bloomberg BNA: Sustained Lobbying Push on EPA Standards For Power Plants Continues, Records Show
At least 120 groups, varying from public health advocacy associations to large publicly traded companies, reported lobbying Congress during the third quarter of 2014 to express their views on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution standards for power plants, public records show.
 
The Wall Street Journal: The American Solution to Europe’s Energy Woes
Extending the network of interconnectors within the EU and its neighbors, adopting energy-efficient technologies and exploiting renewable-energy resources may all eventually play a part in that process. But there is another, more immediate solution at hand: expediting the import of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from the U.S.
 
Daily Caller: Shale Development Reaffirms American Exceptionalism
The energy boom unleashed by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling couldn’t have happened anywhere but America, says author and journalist Gregory Zuckerman. Zuckerman say America’s entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge and property rights make fracking a uniquely American story.
 
Houston Chronicle: Vast generation gap on energy issues
There's also a generation gap on hydraulic fracturing, with twice as many older people knowing the term and the majority supporting the technique. But among the young people familiar with fracking, the majority opposed it.
 
Bloomberg: Mercedes drivers stung by quirks at the pump
The shale oil boom is proving far less kind to Mercedes-Benz drivers than it is to those sitting behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Impala. While regular gasoline-chugging drivers are paying just $3.04 a gallon in the U.S., the lowest in four years, those cruising around in luxury cars and demanding only the finest of grades, known as premium, have seen smaller declines.
 
Kansas City Star: Future of natural gas industry keeps improving, survey says
The U.S. natural gas industry is gathering steam amid changes and challenges that are remaking the business, according to a new report from Black & Veatch. Last year the Overland Park firm’s annual report on the industry described a cautious optimism about likely growth because of the trove of natural gas being recovered from shale formations in the United States.
 
KQED: Should Shale Be Banned?
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.”
 
KVNF: Colorado Gov Candidates Make Their Last Pitch
Hickenlooper said he's confident his oil and gas task force will come up with recommendations that give lawmakers guidance on ways to reduce public concern over fracking.
 
News Tribune: In silica valley, the sand is moving
In silica valley, the sand is moving. Mining of silica sand has ramped up in the Illinois Valley, especially in La Salle County, to feed the growing fracking industry.
 
News & Observer: Vote to put state Senate on a better course
Crawford is challenging Republican Sen. Chad Barefoot, a 31-year-old conservative who has been in lockstep with the Senate’s leadership. He wants to smooth the path for fracking in North Carolina and insists tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy are the best way to lift working class North Carolinians out of the post-recession rut.
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Oman oil and gas minister praises shale
Even as his home region captures headlines for the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, a long-serving energy minister in the Middle East said Tuesday that he wants U.S. businesses to know that his country has a “competitive advantage” of peace and stability.
 
Morning Call: Natural gas price outlook: still cheap
Last winter, at the height of the polar vortex, skyrocketing demand sent the spot market price of natural gas in the Northeast through the roof.
 
New Castle News: Governor’s candidates fractured over how to tax shale
Drillers seriously started fracking in Pennsylvania seven years ago, launching a swell in natural gas production that also tapped new sources of cash for the state.
 
Morning Call: Shale severance tax opposition explored
Here are three basic themes to opposing a severance tax on Pennsylvania's shale gas production, such as the one currently being proposed by gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and vehemently opposed by incumbent Tom Corbett.
 
Columbus Dispatch: Kasich: tax is unfair to Ohioans
A week before he’s expected to easily win a second term, a combative Gov. John Kasich voiced readiness to increase taxes and regulations on Ohio’s oil and gas industry.
 
San Antonio Business Journal: Energy industry continues to help boost Texas’ job market
Texas ranked third in the nation in terms of non-agricultural job growth for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2014. The Lone Star State's employment rose 3.3 percent between January and September and the comparable period a year ago, according to the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, utilizing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
WFFA: Outside money flows into Denton shale debate
Close to $80,000 has gone to the "Pass the Ban" committee, with more than half of that coming from the Washington D.C.-based environmental group Earthworks.
 
Associated Press: Texas amends waste disposal rules
The Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes. As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit. 
 

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10-24-14 White House "Conspires" With Enviro Activists

23 October 2014 9:09pm

White House "Conspires" With Enviro Activists (i.e. as if we didn't know.  And, here's a playful, yet serious, video example.  -dh)

Mike Chenault, Alaska, Speaker of the House, gas pipeline, Dave Harbour PhotoPeninsula Clarion OpEd by Mike Chenault (NGP Photo) .  I’ve been involved in state politics for 14 years, and I have to say, the progress the Legislature and Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) have made together in the last 2 years is a real highlight.   We’re farther than ever getting a big gasline built. I’ve never seen all the necessary parties aligned like they are today. They’re spending money, committing hundreds of millions more, signing agreements, running field programs, and applying for federal permits. Alaska, this is real work, not just a pipe dream. This is reliable, affordable gas to Alaskans — and gas to overseas markets, putting revenue into our state treasury.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Town of Inuvik is preparing to host the first annual Arctic Energy & Emerging Technologies Conference and tradeshow June 13-16. 2016. This relevant and timely event will replace the Inuvik Petroleum Show which has been welcoming delegates and attendees to the Beaufort Delta for more than a decade.  The first Inuvik Petroleum Show (IPS) was held in the year 2000. The original purpose of the conference and tradeshow was to bring together industry, businesses, and communities that would be involved in the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline. The intent was to build capacity of local people and businesses as well as establish relationships between stakeholders that would be necessary through the duration of this project.  Since the year 2000, the Inuvik Petroleum Show has been a marquee event for the oil and gas industry and has played a significant role in the local economy. It has also been a core operational mandate of the Economic 
Development & Tourism Department at the Town of Inuvik for the last decade. Significant contributions from various 
departments within the Town of Inuvik including staffing, labour, and show management have been attributed to the 
realization of this event.
 
ADN Op-Ed by Joe Balash (NGP Photo).  Bill Walker left a few things out of the story during his stroll down memory lane.  In a recent opinion piece in these pages, he contrasted his own approach to LNG development with Governor (Sean) Parnell’s. Despite conceding his long history of failure in attempting to commercialize North Slope gas, Walker claims he’d do better than Parnell by bringing transparency and collaboration to the table -- this from the man whose Alaska Gasline Port Authority keeps its agreements secret and whose approach to business centers more around the courtroom than the bargaining table.
 
Today's Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Links:
Albuquerque Business First: Energy sales require a lot of wheels *CEA Mention
As the production of oil and gas in New Mexico continues to grow, finding a way of getting those resources to market is a major question for the industry. Johnny R. Johnson, managing director of the New Mexico Trucking Association, is also a member of the Consumer Energy Alliance and deals with that issue on a daily basis.
Circulation/Audience: 4,217
 
KWGS-FM (Public Radio Tulsa): News Radio * Natalie Joubert Interview 
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s National Public Radio station runs story on low gas prices in the metro area and across the nation, interviewing Natalie Joubert regarding the trend and when she believes it may change.
 
Natural Gas Now: Energy Day in Houston, Education in Pennsylvania *CEA Mention
A trip to Houston to participate in “Energy Day” fills attendees with ideas for building a foundation for expanded energy education in Pennsylvania.
 
New York Times: Economists See Limited Gains in GOP Plan
Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy, but also suggests internal divisions that could hinder a united front against President Obama — much as happened in the 1990s, when a Republican-led Congress confronted President Bill Clinton. The proposals would mainly benefit energy industries, reduce taxes and regulations for businesses generally, and continue the attack on the Affordable Care Act. It is a mix that leaves many economists, including several conservatives, underwhelmed.
 
Investor’s Business Daily: If GOP Wins Congress, What Are Its 2015 Priorities?
There is no Republican Contract with America in 2014 or plan for the first 100 days if the party can regain control of Congress. For the most part, the GOP has been content to turn the battle for the Senate into a referendum on President Obama, while Democratic candidates have tried their best to distance themselves from the White House
 
Great Falls Tribune: There's hope: Just 11 days 'til Election Day
Congressional debates are done, and it’s only 11 days until the Nov. 4 general election in Montana. But it makes for a strange election when ballots go out nearly a month before Election Day. Is this really the best way to run an election?
 
One News Now: On campaign trail, can Keystone controversy at least get lip service?
The Keystone XL pipeline is not seen as having an impact on this year's mid-term elections, and depending on the people you ask, that's okay.
 
Fuel Fix: Oil producers unite to lobby for crude exports
The nation’s largest independent oil companies are banding together to lobby for the right to export crude around the world.
 
Bloomberg: U.S. Oil Seen as Buffer for Global Prices and Supply
U.S. oil output is buffering global crude prices and critical to the world’s supply balance amid the threat of disruptions, even as a ban on domestic exports remains in place, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.
 
Washington Times: Shale booming despite liberal protestations
The U.S. oil and gas industry is thriving despite efforts by the Obama administration and liberal environmental groups to undermine fossil fuel development and production, according to a Senate report released Thursday.
 
The Hil More shale oil means lower gasoline prices
Naysayers said it was almost impossible to produce enough U.S. oil to significantly lower gasoline prices. But surging oil production from the shale oil formations of Texas, North Dakota and now Ohio have put that argument to bed.
 
Wall Street Journal: The Oil Price Swoon Won’t Stop the Shale Boom
With oil prices sliding, energy investors are worried, while Saudi Arabia and Russia no doubt hope, that low prices will cap America’s boom in shale-oil production. Green-energy types sit by, happy to see turmoil in the fossil-fuel sector. True enough, sellers of any product prefer high prices to low; but the current slump sets the stage for what I call America’s shale boom 2.0.
 
Daily Caller: Report Details How WH, Enviros Conspiring to Stop Energy Boom
President Obama has long been touting the U.S. oil and natural gas boom as the product of his administration’s “all of the above” energy plan. But a new report from Senate Republicans claims the White House supports oil and gas drilling publicly while partnering behind the scenes with eco-activists to regulate it out of existence.
 
Washington Post: Gas prices are tumbling, that’s not necessarily a good thing
This growth in U.S. tight oil — a light crude that is trapped in dense, hard-to-reach rock — has come on fast. It only really got going around 2008, launched by advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the same technology that created the shale gas boom.
 
Reuters: California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail
Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state's isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation's shale oil boom.
 
Bloomberg: U.S. Energy Exports to Top Imports by 2025, WoodMac Says
U.S. companies will export more energy than they import by 2025 as shale oil and gas production keeps climbing and the transportation sector becomes more efficient, Wood Mackenzie Ltd. said in a note today.
 
The Washington Times: Fracking industry booming despite liberal protestations
The U.S. oil and gas industry is thriving despite efforts by the Obama administration and liberal environmental groups to undermine fossil fuel development and production, according to a Senate report released Thursday.
 
National Review Online: Not Just a Fracking Ban
Under the guise of an anti-fracking initiative, environmental groups in two California counties have sneaked into a ballot measure language that would impose sweeping restrictions on the entire energy sector, banning even conventional oil- and gas-production methods that do not involve fracking and have been safely used for decades.
 
Wall Street Journal: The ‘Colorado Model’ Goes Thud
Mr. Udall ran as an independent yet says he’d vote for ObamaCare again. He claims to be a “best of the above” energy guy, but he refused to endorse the popular Keystone XL pipeline and only belatedly came out against anti-fracking ballot initiatives that have crippled a new mainstay of the Colorado economy.
 
Boulder Weekly: Is the way the State handles oil & gas complaints criminal?
Among the pieces of information she was given, she says, was that all of the ingredients for fracking fluid can be found in a grocery store, which, given ammonia and rat poison can be found at the grocery store, she calls a ridiculous argument.
 
ABC Denver: Hickenlooper, Beauprez trade barbs in gubernatorial debate
After a late arrival on-stage for Governor Hickenlooper, both men shook hands and began with the topic of fracking and related ballot initiatives that were killed this past summer.
 
Innovation Trail: Cuomo says fracking study will be out by year's end
During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.
 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett signs bill requiring House, Senate OKs on carbon emissions plan
Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill requiring both the state House and Senate approve Pennsylvania's forthcoming plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
 
Tribune Review: Penn Twp. board OKs HF regulations
Under new regulations that now are in effect in Penn Township, Marcellus shale drilling rigs and fracking ponds are banned from residential and commercial areas — but companies are allowed to conduct horizontal drilling across almost all of the township.
 
Meadville Tribune: Shale key issue in race for governor
Drillers seriously started fracking in Pennsylvania seven years ago, launching a swell in natural gas production that also tapped new sources of cash for the state.
 
WV Gazette: Marcellus jobs report needs work, state researcher says
A legislatively mandated survey meant to measure whether West Virginia residents are getting the jobs created by the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom needs a lot of work if it’s going to give a solid answer on the issue, according to the state researcher who does the study.
 
Bloomberg BNA: Opponents Plan to File Lawsuits If Texas City Passes Measure to Ban Fracking
The residents of Denton, Texas, will vote on a ballot measure Nov. 4 that would ban hydraulic fracturing within the city limits, but the debate on the oil and gas drilling practice probably won't end on election night.
 
Dallas Morning News: Hydraulic fracturing as technological game changer?
When combined with the technique of drilling wells horizontally – not vertically – fracking as it is known has revolutionized the U.S. oil and gas sector. But does it count as a technological breakthrough on the order of the microchip or the refrigerator?
 
Alaska Dispatch News: Begich, Sullivan spar over natural resources in US Senate debate
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican opponent Dan Sullivan took their typical campaign themes to a new venue on Thursday, as the two squared off at a natural resources-focused debate sponsored by groups representing the mining, timber and oil industries, among others.
 
Politico Pro: EPA Asks Court to Toss Murry Lawsuit Over Climate Regs
EPA has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to toss a case over its proposed greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants, arguing that the rule won't be ripe for judicial review until the final regulation is issued next year. EPA is taking public comment on every issue that coal company Murray Energy raised in the case and hasn't yet had an opportunity to respond, the agency wrote. If the court reviewed the rule now, it would deprive others the opportunity to weigh in on the rule, EPA said. The agency also pointed to two recent court decisions to dismiss cases brought against EPA's proposed greenhouse gas rule for new power plants.
 
Georgetown University: EPA Head Gina McCarthy to Speak at Georgetown Friday
Administrator Gina McCarthy will speak on the future of energy and the environment at Georgetown’s 2014 LEAD Conference Oct. 24.
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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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