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7-21-15 Presidential Candidate Kasich Wants High Oil Taxes To Cover Ohio Overspending

21 July 2015 7:16am

Calgary Herald by Alicjaa Siekierska.  Carbon & dust emissions from oil sands activity stimulates forest growth.

 “...a pillar in President Obama's energy legacy of failure.”  

-Congressman Rob  Bishop

 

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Commentary: Today, 2-term Ohio Governor John Kasich announced his presidential bid (Photo credit: LA Times).  He began his term with a multi-billion dollar deficit and now enjoys a $2 billion surplus.  

But Kasich's embrace of Medicaid could put more pressure on the budget every year as federal support diminishes.

Aside from freedom itself, energy production is the basis of wealth and prosperity in America.

Kasich has recently reflected a propensity to offset tax decreases and spending with higher sales and oil & gas severance taxes.  (Here is our earlier report and commentary.)

Kasich has many admirable qualities: good family man, plain talking, faith, patriotic and more....  

Sarah Palin, Alaska governor, oil tax, Kasich, Photo by Dave HarbourBut some of our readers will detect in his presidential announcement a turn toward populism reminiscent of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (NGP Photo) anti-industry rhetoric.  After all, big oil has fewer voters than everyone else who enjoys Kasich's income tax decrease and the beneficiaries of increased Medicare subsidies.

And his failed push for higher Ohio energy taxes could be a troubling characteristic of a new president, a propensity that could lead to a further weakening of America's job force, wealth, national security and future prosperity.  

-dh   


Weak energy production on federal land will serve as “a pillar in President Obama's energy legacy of failure,” the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee said.

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) slammed the Obama administration over a Friday report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that shows energy production on federal and Indian lands increasing just 0.2 percent in 2014. 

Bishop said the government should encourage more energy production on those lands, especially given the prospect of Iranian oil entering the market after sanctions on the country are lifted.

“The government's report on energy production on federal lands is astonishingly dismal,” he said in a statement. “The EIA found minuscule growth in oil and natural gas production on federal land — less than a percentage point — the same week that the President welcomes Iranian oil to the market with open arms.”

The EIA reported an overall decrease in energy production on federal land in 2014, primarily in natural gas offshore and in Wyoming. That decrease was offset by a 5.7 percent increase in fossil fuel production on Indian land and a 7 percent rise in oil production, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, North Dakota and New Mexico.

The small increase in federal land production comes as energy extraction on private land is booming. According to an April Congressional Research Service report, production of oil (an 89 percent increase since 2010) and natural gas (37 percent increase) on private land has surged even as federal land production has fallen.  

“Producers operating on private and state lands are powering our energy economy, but we deserve better from the federal government,” Bishop said. 

“The Obama administration should be expanding access to federal lands and offshore waters and opening up American oil markets — not only for the sake of our economy but for the sake of national security.”


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Washington Examiner: Fight over Atlantic drilling wells up *CEA Mention
The governors of all those states want offshore drilling. So, too, do most of their federal lawmakers. That's certainly true. A May poll by industry group Consumers Energy Alliance found 85 percent of the state supports offshore drilling, viewing it as a potential boon to the economy.
 
ShaleMag: Energy Day *CEA Mention 
With the need for students to be knowledgeable in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) more important than ever, the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) and Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF) are hosting the fifth annual Energy Day on Saturday, October 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston.
 
Associated PressObama plans Alaska trip for climate change conference
The White House has confirmed that President Obama will travel to Alaska next month for a climate change meeting. White House spokeswoman Hallie Ruvin in a statement says the president on Aug. 31 will visit.
 
MSNBCWhy Shell had the worst week ever
This should have been one of Shell’s best weeks ever. Instead, it shaped up like the corporate equivalent of “The Hangover Part III.” And a happy ending is nowhere in sight.
 
Fuel FixShell-contracted drill ships begin final Arctic journey
Two Arctic drilling rigs have sailed away from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, beginning the final leg of their journey to the Shell’s drilling sites in the Chukchi Sea. The Noble Discoverer left Dutch Harbor on Thursday, and the Transocean Polar Pioneer followed suit on Friday. Both will take about a week to reach their destination: Shell’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea.
 
Alaska Dispatch News: Cold receptions for Shell in Lower 48 ports mean opportunity for Alaska
A dynamic event is underway in Arctic Alaska today: one that, if successful, could have a profound effect on our state's economy. Shell Alaska is preparing to drill for oil this summer in Alaska's offshore continental shelf. To date, Shell has expended over $7 billion in gearing up for their effort. They anticipate substantially advancing their delineation effort by the end of this year's drilling season.
 
UPI: TransCanada uses legacy to explain touted benefits of Keystone XL
The shipment of the 1 billionth barrel of oil through the Keystone oil pipeline system shows commitment to U.S. energy security, TransCanada said.
 
Reuters: Canada provinces agree to strategy on pipelines, climate change
Canada's provinces reached a long-sought deal on Friday over an energy plan for the country, agreeing broadly to curb greenhouse gas emissions while also promoting the use of pipelines.
 
Washington ExaminerBills on tap from House, Senate energy panels
The energy committees of both chambers of Congress expect to offer draft energy bills before the August recess, committee leaders said. The bills are expected to cover oil and natural gas infrastructure expansion, energy efficiency and other concerns.
 
Fox News: EPA 'secret science' under the microscope as GOP lawmakers seek ban 
The Environmental Protection Agency for years has issued costly clean air rules based, in part, on two '90s-era studies linking air pollution with death. But, critics say, the same agency has stymied efforts to access the data behind them. The transparency concerns have Republican lawmakers on a new campaign to end the use of what they dub "secret science."
 
Roll Call: Iran deal may give Americans a break at the gas pump
The tentative deal designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program led to a quick — though modest — decline in oil prices, raising the possibility American drivers may see a prolonged break from high gasoline prices and creating an opening for Republican lawmakers to step up efforts to end a ban on exporting oil produced in the U.S.
 
Roll Call: API: Iran deal another signal for U.S. to end crude-exports ban
The congressional campaign against the ban on crude oil exports is gaining momentum after the U.S. and other countries reached a tentative nuclear deal with Iran, according to the American Petroleum Institute. "By lifting self-imposed sanctions, we can give U.S. producers access to global markets and protect our competitive edge," said Eric Wohlschlegel, a spokesman for API.
 
Fox News: As US energy output surges, Republicans lead effort to lift decades-old oil export ban
Congressional Republicans are leading a bipartisan effort to lift a decades-old ban on oil exports, arguing the recent surge in domestic-energy production and other factors have pushed the embargo past its prime.
 
CNN: Super-charge the solar power boom  
There's a solar power boom in America. But so far, not enough Americans are seeing the benefits of clean energy.
 
Associated Press: More unused oil, gas wells linger without permanent seals increasing risk
Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are lingering for longer periods with only temporary sealing, an investigation by The Associated Press shows.
 
Fuel Fix: Schlumberger CEO: New technology appetite growing amid oil downturn
The CEO of Schlumberger says American oil producers are purchasing a lot more new technology in this year’s oil downturn than in previous rough patches, with new tools making up almost a quarter of the company’s revenue. That’s because the oil bust happens to intersect with a change in what the oil companies want to get out of new technology.
 
The Oklahoman: Investors keep funding oil, natural gas development
A survey this month from the Federal Reserve of Kansas City found that energy companies reported that private equity was more available than it had been in recent months, while financing from banks and other sources were less available. “They’re still confident in the long-term prospects for the oil industry.
 
The Oklahoman: A quiet milestone that's worthy of celebrating
But it also makes sense to use more of the cleaner natural gas, along with policies that encourage the development of renewables, the conversion of more vehicles to compressed natural gas and the facilitation of natural gas exports. Most of these aren’t on the agenda of our garden-variety environmentalist. Let him tilt at his windmills. We’ll celebrate the gas milestone.
 
MIT Technology Review: Where is the global shale revolution?
The United States is not alone in having massive shale gas resources: shale formations rich in gas can be found all over the world. But so far no other country has come close to replicating the U.S. boom that has led to relatively cheap natural gas and helped curb yearly carbon dioxide emissions.
 
OilPrice.com: Can U.S. Nuclear Plants Operate For 80 Years?
The nuclear industry in the United States has been at a standstill for several decades. After an extraordinary wave of construction in the 1960s and 1970s, the nuclear industry ground to a halt. A confluence of events killed off new construction, including high interest rates, cost overruns, delays, and the Three Mile Island incident that scared the public and turned it against nuclear power.
 
The Hill: Court dismisses Oklahoma lawsuit against Obama climate rule
A federal judge on Friday dismissed Oklahoma’s second lawsuit against the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants.
 
Houston Chronicle: Oil industry critical of planning offshore drilling rules
The oil industry is taking aim at an Obama administration plan to better safeguard offshore exploration, arguing the Deepwater Horizon-inspired proposal imposes costly and "ill-advised" mandates that could make some wells impossible to drill.
 
BloombergAnalysis: Saudi Arabia oilfield is a Bakken competitor
Oil production in the Bakken Shale costs nearly six times as much per barrel as the Ghawar oilfield in Saudi Arabia. This makes the Saudis a formidable competitor, although production is affected by the country's budget concerns, which seek a market price of at least $89 per barrel.
 
The Union: HF and the California drought
There are certain measures being considered in California that would ban fracking or at least keep the water from being put back into the water supply. Groups like the Natural Resource Defense Council and Environment California are working to get voters motivated and to put pressure on the state’s legislators. Get involved or even send a letter to your representative and urge them to deal with this fracking issue.
 
Imperial Valley News: Toward cheaper water treatment - HF matters
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” produces a lot of wastewater. Drilling one well requires millions of gallons of water that’s injected into the ground to loosen rocks and release oil. While some is reused, much of the produced water is discarded into deep injection wells, and clean water is purchased again and again.
 
The Denver Post: Stop the EPA's carbon power grab, Colorado
When the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards recently, it set a clear precedent that costs matter and that the EPA does not have a blank check on the wallets of energy consumers. The EPA's claim that the $10 billion pricetag was "irrelevant" failed to withstand judicial review.
 
Durango Herald: Gas overtakes coal
Energy companies in Southwest Colorado say hydraulic fracturing and looming carbon-pollution regulations are responsible for natural gas overtaking coal for the first time. The Energy Information Administration’s monthly report for April revealed this week that natural gas surpassed coal as the primary source of electrical power generation in the United States. The monumental moment marks the first time ever that natural gas has powered more electrical generation than coal.
 
Reuters: Okla. regulators expand scrutiny of disposal wells
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has issued a directive expanding the state's earthquake "areas of interest" with regulations for 211 disposal wells. Well operators will need to show they are not performing water injections under the Arbuckle formation, while some will need to reduce the depth of their wells. The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association said the directive would lead to positive results.
 
Observer ChronicleThe Texas town that banned HF (and lost)
Denton Law enforcement Sgt Scott Jenkins warns protesters at the web-site of a new fracking properly. When a Texas town voted to ban fracking within city limits, it was a shock to the oil-pleasant condition. But the reaction from the Texas legislature and power business has people questioning what electricity they have remaining. The hydraulic fracturing has started out yet again in Denton, and so also have the protests.
 
San Antonio-Express News: Permian's pancaked rock layers make it the U.S. oil patch king
In West Texas, the king of the U.S. oil fields is proving to be the safest investment for explorers.
 
Midland Reporter-Telegram: Permian Basin petroleum contraction continues
The Permian Basin petroleum industry continues to contract amid crude prices that are sharply lower than year-ago levels.
 
Big Ten NetworkNorthwestern researchers drill into HF
It’s been driving rapid job creation and an investment boom for a few years now in the Midwest. And experts say it has the potential to make the U.S. energy-independent within the next couple of decades. You and other researchers at Northwestern have spent several years now examining the shale gas production process and how it can be improved. And they recently shared a few ways in which the environmental effects can be mitigated in a study published in the June issue of the scientific journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
 
The Courier JournalKentucky wins a battle, but War on Coal ongoing
Kentucky has won a battle in the War on Coal. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decision said the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act when it issued burdensome new regulations on power plant emissions.
 
The Columbus DispatchODNR sets rules for HF well pads
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on Thursday that it is implementing new rules for the construction of horizontal well-pad sites. Horizontal well pads are used for fracking, when a well is drilled vertically but then goes horizontally underground, allowing for more than one well.
 
Athens MessengerAthens County and Ohio deserve better HF regulation
And guess which of Ohio’s 88 counties is going to be getting the most — Athens County. This is made possible by the opening of an injection well at Torch by S&H Partners. It will more than double the amount of wastewater brought into Athens County to something in excess of 6 million gallons a year.
 
Pennsylvania Business Daily: Lawmakers call on Wolf to end pursuit of higher taxes
State Reps. Jeff Wheeland (R-Dist. 83) and Garth Everett (R-Dist. 84) vehemently called on Gov. Wolf to end his quest for higher taxes and cooperate with legislators to create a realistic budget.
 
Tribune-Review: Public being misled on projected use of shale tax funds, critic of Gov. Wolf argues
The Wolf administration and its allies are misleading the public by implying a proposed severance tax on natural gas would exclusively fund education, the president of an industry group said Friday.
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Put kids first, not gas companies
The venerable Pennsylvania Republican, portrayed so vividly in the movie “Lincoln” by Tommy Lee Jones, was a man ahead of his time. He helped establish tax-financed public education in our commonwealth — a massive expansion of government at a time when many believed government had no obligation to educate its citizenry.
 
Scranton Times-Tribune: House returns to budget impasse
The House returns to session Tuesday as the stalemate over the state budget starts to resemble trench warfare.
 
York Daily RecordRep. Gillespie: Natural gas impact fee stands to help York County
York County is in the process of receiving more than $420,000 in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Pennsylvania's abundance of natural gas and the fees required by Act 13 of 2012 are the reasons we as a county stand to benefit, even though we are not part of the formation. The four-year total distributed to York County comes to more than $1.5 million.
 
Bradford EraBill looks to Marcellus Shale drilling for economic boost
Looking to parlay the Marcellus Shale drilling boom into even greater economic gains, one state representative has announced new legislation promising a decade of tax breaks to Shale adjacent businesses willing to give Pennsylvania a try.
 
Times Herald-Record: HF studies show the fight must continue
Just because fracking is prohibited in New York is no reason to let your guard down. Those who want to keep their skills sharp should consider some news from California where protecting the water supply is an honest-to-goodness crisis. According to a study just conducted by the California Council on Science and Technology, fracking in the state consumes about 2.6 billion gallons of fresh water each year, an impressive amount at any time, a sure attention-getter in the fourth year of a drought with no end in sight.
 
Albany Bureau: E. Rochester lawyer challenges NY HF ban
A legal challenge to New York’s ban on large-scale hydraulic fracturing has been hidden in plain site since May. East Rochester attorney David Morabito quietly filed a lawsuit two months ago against the state Department of Environmental Conservation, challenging the agency’s decision to prohibit him from fracking on land he owns in Allegany County.
 
Fox 8: Geologist: Samples show signs of shale in Walnut Cove
John Skvarla, the secretary of N.C. Commerce Department, pushed for more spending on shale-gas exploration during a state energy-panel meeting this week after state geologists said samples recently taken from Walnut Cove property indicated unconfirmed signs of shale gas, according to conservationists and commerce officials.
 
Valley News: Prehearing on Valley Green Natural Gas Proposal Slated for Concord
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has set a prehearing conference for late this month to review a proposal to provide natural gas to customers in Hanover and Lebanon via a pipeline. If approved, the franchise petition before the Public Utilities Commission would grant Valley Green Natural Gas authority to provide regulated natural gas service in the two municipalities.

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7-20-15 BC LNG Moves Forward

20 July 2015 5:21am

Vancouver Sun by Dirk Meissner.  

Commentary:

Could the Alaska gas pipeline/LNG project's need for fiscal certainty be modeled after BC's attempt to provide a 25 year window of certainty for investors?

Alaska Governor Bill Walker, gas pipeline, LNG, ak-lng, oil gas taxes, aces, Photo by Dave HarbourAlaska Governor Bill Walker (NGP Photo) has pledged to seek a fiscal certainty for Alaska's gas.  But we have observed that since the major producers own both oil and gas facilities in the state, providing certainty for only the gas still leaves investors vulnerable to predatory taxation.

Unfortunately Alaska has a long history of increasing or enacting oil taxes over the years.  It has even demonstrated an unjustifiable greed in enacting RETROACTIVE oil tax increases.

Therefore, we believe that the only effective fiscal certainty that will provide a proper investment environment for a $45-65 billion Ak-LNG project will be creation of tax certainty for both the investors' oil and gas holdings -- and property.  -dh

A liquefied natural gas industry: the British Columbia government fought an election on it, launched an extraordinary summer legislative session and made financial concessions, but it still isn't enough for the companies that want even lower taxes and have expressed concerns over the availability of workers.

The Liberal government's LNG dream is expected to move towards reality this week when a bill is adopted for a 25-year agreement on what could be B.C.'s first LNG plant.

B.C.'s politicians were recalled this month to debate and pass a single piece of legislation that aims to provide certainty to LNG investors and revenues to the province.

"I think there's more work to do in terms of making sure we are in fact globally competitive," said B.C. LNG Alliance president David Keane. "I think the government has more to do."

Pacific NorthWest LNG, a joint venture backed by Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petronas, plans to build a US$36-billion LNG plant at: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/pass+year+industry+wants+more/11226540/story.html#ixzz3gRB8smIT

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7-18-15

18 July 2015 11:13am

Mike Burns, Alaska Permanent Fund, Copyright 2008 Dave HarbourPoint of personal privilege: We pay homage to our late friend, Mike Burns (NGP Photo).  This obituary is very well done.    ADN report.  -dh

Petroleum News by Kristen Nelson.  The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority will keep Fairbanks Natural Gas management in place as it works toward expanding natural gas service in Fairbanks-North Pole area. In a July 10 submission of supplemental information regarding its application to acquire a controlling interest in....

Petroleum News by Gary Park.  British Columbia Premier Christy Clark wants to make real history in the provincial legislature this month by adopting a Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act that gives her government the legal authority to approve the C$36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project led by Malaysia’s Petronas and enter into similar terms with other would-be LNG developers over the next 10 years.

July 16, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker today joined Alaskans in mourning the loss of Mike Burns, former Executive Director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Burns retired from the position last month, after serving as the Corporation’s head for over 10 years.

 

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“It is with a heavy heart that I deliver my most sincere condolences to the family of Mike Burns,” said Governor Walker. “Mike led the Corporation to achieve unprecedented growth during a time of great economic difficultly. I can say without a doubt that every Alaskan owes him a debt of gratitude, and that his leadership will be missed by many. Donna and I are praying for the entire Burns family, and anyone who had the great pleasure of calling Mike a friend.”

In addition to his work in the financial industry, Burns was also active in numerous community, state, and civic organizations. He served three terms as chair of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, and as a member of the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees. An Alaska flag will be flown over the Capitol building in Burns’ honor, and presented to his family.

7-17-15

17 July 2015 8:04am

Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer.  

Three of the state’s mega projects are back in business, at least temporarily, after Gov. Bill Walker’s administration partially lifted an administrative order halting spending on the development work.

State officials overseeing the Knik Arm bridge, the Susitna-Watana dam and the Juneau access road all got the go-ahead to continue work with existing funding in memos sent out by Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney July 6.

Each of the memos notes that once authorized work is completed and immediate goals are met the projects will be evaluated in the context of the state fiscal environment and competing major capital projects at that time.

On Dec. 26 of last year Walker issued Administrative Order 271, which stopped spending on six projects in its tracks: the Knik Arm bridge; the Susitna-Watana dam; the Juneau access road; the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline, or ASAP, natural gas project; the Kodiak Launch Facility expansion; and the Ambler Mining District industrial access road.   More....

7-16-15 PLF Takes On WOTUS, Thank Goodness!

16 July 2015 4:27am

After filing objections to the EPA and Corps of Engineers' proposed "waters of the United States" rule in 2014, Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys have fulfilled their pledge to challenge the rule in court. Yesterday, PLF filed a lawsuit on behalf of several agricultural organizations and property owners because the regulation expands the scope of the Clean Water Act to an unprecedented extent, violating the terms of the Act and the Constitution's limits on federal authority. 

In this new Courting Liberty podcast, PLF Principal Attorney M. Reed Hopper discusses this new WOTUS challenge.

"We are suing to block the administration's breathtaking attempt to control practically every pond, puddle, and ditch in the country," stated PLF Principal Attorney M. Reed Hopper in a PLF news release.  "This new regulation is an open-ended license for federal bureaucrats to assert control over nearly all of the nation's water, and most of the property, from coast to coast."

The case is Washington Cattlemen's Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Read the complaint.


 

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7-15-15

15 July 2015 3:21pm

Murkowski Calls Attention to Alaska’s Isolated Energy Systems


Calgary Herald by Dan Healing.  

Canada’s natural gas industry will continue to shrink unless liquefied natural gas export terminals are built, an outcome that requires prompt regulatory approvals, says the lobby group representing the largely Calgary-based oil and gas business.

In a report Wednesday, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said Canadian gas production will decline steadily over the next decade as burgeoning production from U.S. shale gas fields moves into its traditional consumer markets in the American Midwest and Northeast, as well as in Central Canada.

“Proposed LNG projects require timely political and regulatory decisions because global LNG competition is fierce and involves many well-established international suppliers,” CAPP president and chief executive Tim McMillan warned in a news release.

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