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11-21-14

21 November 2014 3:36pm

Lisa Murkowski, DOE Export Permit, Alaska LNG, U.S. Senate, Dave Harbour PhotoU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) today applauded the Department of Energy’s authorization for Alaska’s proposed liquefied natural gas project (LNG) to export to countries with free trade agreements (FTA) with the United States.  

The decision authorizes exports to South Korea and other nations FTA with the United States. A separate authorization is needed to ship LNG to non-FTA countries.  

“This FTA license is good news for Alaska, but by law it had to be approved. The real test is the non-FTA license,” Murkowski said. “I am watching the process carefully to ensure there are no unnecessary delays in approving exports to Japan and other non-FTA countries. I have said from the beginning that DOE should continue to consider Alaska gas exports on their own separate track – as they always have.”

Murkowski is the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


 
 
Ontario, Quebec discuss Energy East pipeline strategy
s Energy East pipeline in Toronto today, a day after Quebec issued a list of ... TransCanada wants to convert an existing natural gas pipeline to carry ... and in Canada we are supposed to be this free trade country,” he told CBC.
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The bargaining chip that is the Keystone pipeline
The pipeline that would connect Alberta's oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas and Louisiana fell ... It doesn't have an impact on U.S. gas prices.
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Nisga'a Nation signs LNG pipeline benefits deal with BC
The head of the Nisga'a Nation said his people are embracing the possibility of a liquefied natural gas industry by permitting energy companies to run ...
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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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11-19-14

19 November 2014 5:15pm

 
 
Is Barack Obama telling the truth about the Keystone XLpipeline?
It won't lead to lower gas prices, nor create much work aside from ... it has no intention of exporting Canadian crude oil from the Keystone XL pipeline.

11-18-14 TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline: "The Medium Is The Message", But All Is Not Lost....

18 November 2014 6:50am

Personal note: en route today from Cuenca, Ecuador to Anchorage....


Globe & Mail.  In Alberta, Jim Prentice, Alberta, Premier, oil sands, environmental, Dave Harbour Photowhere the Conservatives are Progressive, Premier Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) accurately described his province’s biggest challenge in a weekend speech to his party. Alberta, he said, has to find new markets in Asia for its oil, and the only way it can do that is by redefining the province “as an environmental leader.”

CBC.  TransCanada is launching an aggressive campaign to get public support and recruit "advocates" for its Energy East pipeline.  Documents obtained by Greenpeace and shared with CBC News show the energy company is using the U.S. public relations firm Edelman, the largest in the world, to promote the massive oil pipeline project.                  ...

Edelman suggested a "campaign-style approach" and borrowing tactics from opposing environmental groups that "press their advantage" and successfully use online campaigns to leverage "large and passionate audiences that show a propensity to vote and take other political action."  (See our earlier story.)

The Medium Is The Message But All Is Not Lost

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Dave Harbour, APR

This CBC story likely resulted from some friend of Greenpeace leaking private company correspondence which revealed an Edleman proposal to TransCanada for a grass roots campaign to bolster support for the Energy East pipeline project.  

Of course, it is like a big fundraising gift for Greenpeace, which can tell its multi-million dollar donors that corporations are engaging in a "sneaky" grass roots program to organize advocates for the Energy East Pipeline.  

The leak gave environmental extremist opponents the excuse/ammunition to say their opponents are trying to manufacture support.  

One can only imagine the hair raising political strategies exchanged by the various environmental advocacies, that could cripple modern society.  

But then, CBC is not investigating those, and that is another story.

Sure, large companies need to organize grass roots programs.  Some of the most effective ones are done with dedicated, 'in house' resources, with little public fanfare.  Others require more extensive and specialized outside resources.  Yes, companies can retain outside strategic and/or tactical support but -- as this instance teaches -- they must anticipate additional security challenges.

Canadian media master Marshall McLuhan had it right when he introduced a novel communication concept, "The medium is the message."

TransCanada and Edleman have unintentionally tripped on this precept.  Instead of being able to quietly and efficiently organize messages and advocates, a leaker in their midst has provided information about a proposal which suggests that, in effect, "We are organizing grass roots advocates by spending a lot of dollars to convince you to politically support us."  

This leak is a case history in - the - making that will be prominently featured in the annals of modern Public Relations challenges.  

It is a classic example of the critical importance of confidentiality in this digital age.

Energy East deserves support on the merits; the merits could convey a good "message" via an effective and voluminous citizen voice "medium".  

In short, TransCanada has a great chance of winning public and regulatory support by quietly and professionally engaging in low key, intense, effective communication efforts from this point on.  

But now, the leak has proclaimed Edleman's relationship with TransCanada and the medium of that relationship is becoming an unhelpful TransCanada message, an unwanted corporate PR crisis.  

Together, Edleman and its client have an unexpected challenge as their opponents will likely try to identify "corporate money" and "PR hacks" as the medium which they hope becomes the message. 

While this leak makes messaging more difficult, a good outcome is still possible, if not likely.  

In the CBC story, TransCanada did the right thing.  Its spokesman, Shawn Howard, affirmed that the company is engaging in a program -- without being defensive.  

Marketing the oil will benefit Canada and the entire free world.  As to emissions, we know the world's consumers will obtain fossil fuels somewhere and we'd rather it come from North America than Russia or the Middle East.

TransCanada should move steadily forward, without missing a step--in spite of the fairly one-sided CBC piece. 

Indeed, TransCanada should know that citizens are aware that this is an age of multi-million dollar environmental and social activism.  

TransCanada should be confident that citizens also know, 1) employers create the jobs and, 2) private income and tax wealth supports civilization, and 3) that companies must defend themselves, and us, against those advocating destruction of our way of life, knowingly or unknowingly.

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11-16-14

16 November 2014 3:00am

Governor Sean Parnell, Concedes Alaska race, Bill Walker, governor-elect, Dave Harbour PhotoYahoo NewsGovernor Sean Parnell, Concedes Alaska race, Bill Walker, governor-elect, Dave Harbour Photo.  Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) conceded the gubernatorial race Saturday, issuing a statement a day after independent challenger Bill Walker ​(NGP Photo) was declared the winner.

Washington, D.C.;  November 11, 2014: This week, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) filed formal comments in opposition to a proposed new definition of the “waters of the United States” that are subject to federal regulation.  PLF argues that the new rule, devised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, defines Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction so broadly that it could lead to practically unlimited expansion of federal control over property nationwide — going far beyond the boundaries on federal power that have been laid down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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