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16 November 2011 6:45pm

ADN/AP.  The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has opened public comment periods for Shell Oil's drilling exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.  Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/11/16/2174842/public-comment-opened-for-shell.html#ixzz1e1NCqnG3


15 November 2011 5:28am

Governor heads home after his first state trip overseas

Gov. Sean Parnell was returning home Monday after his first state-sponsored trip overseas that included time in several European countries and Israel.

Calgary Herald
By Kelly Cryderman, Calgary Herald November 14, 2011 11:05 PM Alberta Premier Alison Redford speaks at a news conference about the Keystone XL pipeline at the Canadian Embassy in Washington on Monday. WASHINGTON, DC — Premier Alison Redford reached ...
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Gateway hearings to test oilsands battle plans
Calgary Herald
By Stephen Ewart, Calgary Herald November 14, 2011 10:00 PM With the rise and stall (critics would suggest fall) of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, the next battle in the international campaign against oilsands development is on the home front with ...
Alberta backs away from carbon capture
Calgary Herald
By James Wood, Calgary Herald November 14, 2011 10:00 PM The Alberta government is moving away from its heavy focus on carbon capture and storage, throwing the fate of one multimillion-dollar project spearheaded by Trans Alta up in the air. ...
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Premier courts oil allies in U.S.
Calgary Herald
By Kelly Cryderman, Calgary Herald November 15, 2011 3:06 Premier Alison Redford reached out to allies in the US Capitol on Monday, touting a new North American energy strategy while embracing news that plans are afoot to reroute the Keystone XL ...


14 November 2011 1:43am

Fairbanks News Miner Op-Ed by Speaker Mike Chenault and Representative Mike Hawker.   We recently announced plans for legislation enabling AGDC and an in-state gasline. House majority members from across the state were adamant that planning a natural gas future cannot be set aside another legislative session. Alaskans also heard that in-state gas isn’t only about Anchorage or Kenai. It’s about Fairbanks and the Railbelt, and about the people in communities off the road system who depend on our cities for supplies, educational institutions and health care facilities.  Natural gas is a resource that, by our Constitution, is to be developed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans. While we may not be able to weave a gas-line network touching every village and town, we can and should do more to increase the benefits of natural gas throughout Alaska.  AGDC can be the organization that gets the job done. The main mission for Dan Fauske and his top-notch team at AGDC is the in-state line established by Speaker Chenault’s House Bill 369 in 2010. Our legislative package will empower AGDC to keep the momentum rolling on those plans that are well underway. We believe AGDC has demonstrated tremendous leadership and project management, and we need look no further for a vehicle to take us into a natural gas future.  Our goal is to empower AGDC to be nimble, innovative and responsive to major shifts in supply and demand around the world, for the greatest benefit of Alaska. If the new Cook Inlet find is as huge as some suggest, we need to consider building a line running north to Fairbanks, allowing the Interior to build out its gas infrastructure as we continue developing another line linking the North Slope.

ADN.  NordAq Energy has not officially announced a natural gas discovery at its Shadura prospect in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, but amid rumors of a huge find the independent recently said it expects to produce "up to 50 million cubic feet" of natural gas a day for Southcentral Alaska starting in February 2013 and lasting about 30 years.


13 November 2011 10:32pm

ADN by Becky Bohrer.  Two U.S. House Republicans on Friday said they plan to propose legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling as a way to spur domestic energy production and create jobs.


12 November 2011 2:25am

 Reuters by Robert Campbell.  Despite what you may think, the delay or even cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to the United States does not ensure that China will become the go-to customer for Canada's vast oil sands.  U.S. President Barack Obama has opted to avoid a tough decision by allowing the government to take more time to study changes to the proposed Keystone XL route to avoid environmentally sensitive areas.  But any delays could kill the project if customers grow impatient and seek release from their binding shipping commitments or if the cost of the line goes up substantially.  Doubtless this theme will be dredged up by Keystone's backer, TransCanada and other oil industry lobbyists in Washington with an eye to fanning Americans' fears about oil supply security should the Obama Administration opt for further study of fresh routes for the pipeline.  But the simple fact is that this claim is at best a huge exaggeration. If anything a pipeline from Alberta across the mountainous province of British Colombia is likely to face more scrutiny from environmental groups than Keystone XL.

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11 November 2011 6:00am

Fairbanks News Miner.  A U.S. Senate committee on Thursday approved two lands bills sponsored U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski by Dave Harbourby Sen. Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) that aim to facilitate energy projects in and near Denali National Park and Preserve.  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which Murkowski is the ranking member, passed legislation that would allow construction of a natural gas pipeline along the Parks Highway on the border of Denali National Park and a small land exchange in the park to allow the National Park Service to permit the construction of a micro-hydropower project to power privately owned Kantishna Roadhouse.  Murkowski, R-Alaska, first introduced legislation to permit a gas line to be built along the Parks Highway for the seven miles that the highway runs through the park near its entrance in 2010. The bill gives the National Park Service legal authority to permit a pipeline to be built within the park boundaries so the state and pipeline developers can determine the best route based on technical and economic grounds, not because of the legal uncertainty surrounding access for a pipeline running across National Park Service lands.  “This bill will overcome a key hurdle for a pipeline to run along the Parks Highway — the most direct route to Southcentral — and removes the uncertainty about possible permitting delays related to crossing federal lands,” Murkowski said in a news release Thursday.

ALASKA NORTHERN WATERS TASK FORCE: Nov 16 Reggie Joule by Dave Harbour, Alaska State House of Representatives, Northern Waters Task ForceWednesday Barrow 9:00 AM.  Location: Inupiat Heritage Center, Barrow
 Topics: Arctic Research and Arctic Changes
 9:00am -- Introduction and comments from
 ANWTF Chair Rep. Reggie Joule (NGP Photo) and other task force members
 9:15am--Dan Fitzgerald & Robert Suydam, North
 Slope Borough; North Slope Science Initiative
 10:15am--Dr. Mark Myers, Vice Chancellor for
 Research, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Oil
 Spill Research and other Arctic Research
 11:15am--Dr. LaBelle-Hamer, Associate Vice
 Chancellor for Research and Director of Office
 Research Integrity, University of Alaska,
 Fairbanks; Proposed Oil Spill Research Center
 1:30pm--Michael Macrander, Shell Alaska, Venture
 Support Integration Group Science Team Leader;
 Shell's Arctic Cooperative Science Efforts with
 the North Slope Borough, University of Alaska,
 Industry Partners, and Federal Agencies
 3:00pm--Barrow Arctic Science Consortium Tour
 (Task force members and staff only)
 5:00pm-6:30pm--Public Testimony
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