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Scroll Down For Instructions About Tonight's Hearing

25 February 2011 7:05am

You probably read our Fairbanks News Miner Op-Ed piece yesterday, but did you catch our Alaska Standard Op-Ed -- both dealing with different perceptions of tonight's hearing!

Sean ParnellCalgary Herald by Sean Myers.  Calgarians are bracing for higher prices at the pump in the coming weeks, possibly as high as $1.30 a litre by April.

Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) will deliver a major policy address at noon today, National Press Club, Zenger Room, 13th Floor, 529 14th St. N.W. in Washington.  You can bet it will deal with international events affecting Alaska's energy capabilities in supporting the country's economic recovery and Alaska's prosperity!  Readers who can't attend: stay tuned and we'll bring you the speech shortly, when it is released.

Comment: Click here to see how the Sierra Club's 'Associate Field Organizer', Lindsey Hajduk, is trying to recruit church goers and Alaska's kids to go to the BOEMRE hearing tonight and testify against Alaska's economic survival!

More later...on Commonwealth North's speakers yesterday addressing Alaska's major natural resources challenges: Judy Brady, John Shively and Harold Heinze.  The three served different governors as Commissioner of Natural Resources.

Plan For Tomorrow's Hearing - Harbour's Fairbanks News-Miner Op-Ed Today - Big "Make Alaska Competitive" Hearing Yesterday!

24 February 2011 1:15am

 Eat, Drink and Testify!

Cathy GiesselYesterday a reader alerted us that Senator Cathy Giessel (NGP Photo) and Representative Craig JohnsonCraig Johnson (NGP Photo-r) had both made floor speeches urging attendance of Legislators at tomorrow's hearing.  We compliment Senator Giessel and Representative Johnson and all of the other public officials whom we hope to see tomorrow night, STANDING UP FOR ALASKA!  Giessel speech video, Min. 32:15 to 34:26.  Johnson speech video, Min 41:48 to 42:45.

What: BOEMRE Hearing, Proposed 2012-2017 OCS Leasing Program

When: Tomorrow (Friday) Afternoon-Evening - 6 p.m. Pizza and Refreshments - 7 p.m. Testimony

Where: 3801 Centerpoint Drive, off 36th Avenue

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Mark HamiltonComment: Yesterday a large coalition of Alaskans kicked off a campaign to Tony Knowlespromote changes to Alaska's oil tax policy in an effort to improve the climate of investment.  Former Governor Tony Knowles (NGP Photo-r) said, "What we need is for the state to adopt a tax structure that encourages jobs and investment in Alaska.  We need policies that work so Alaskans can go to work."  Jim Jansen (NGP Photo-r), CEO of Lynden told the audience that, "We are already starting to see the oil companies take their investment dollars elsewhere.  This is a time when we should be encouraging investment in Alaska, not taxing the industry to death."   Former University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton (NGP Photo-l) opened the meeting with a case for action.  "This is not big oil sending the message.  This is your economy talking," he said.  "The trans-Alaska oil pipeline is two-thirds empty and exploration activity on the North Slope is vanishing.  This should be alarming to Alaskans and we intend to make sure the public is aware."  In a prepared release the group noted that this winter only one exploration well is being drilled on the North Slope and that ConocoPhillips -- for the first time in 45 yearsJim Jansen -- didn't drill an exploration well.  The board of the Make Alaska Competitive Coalition includes Jansen, a Co-Chairman, with Co-Chairman Mark Langland, and a whose who of members including Will Anderson of Koniag, Rick Boyles, Teamsters, Governor Knowles, Harry McDonald of Carlile, Bill Moran of FirstBank, Norm Phillips of Doyon, Ed Rasmuson of the Rasmuson Foundation, Governor Bill Sheffield, Mark Edwards of Northrim, Lori Goodman of Era Alaska, Alaska Airlines' Scott Habberstad.  See the full list of members here, along with the organization's first commercials, now airing.  -dh  (See AP story by Dan Joling, KTUU story by Jason Lamb)

Fairbanks News Miner, Op-Ed by Dave Harbour.  The Alaska House Resources Committee recently heard truckDave Harbour drivers, oil field workers and small business owners testify about Alaska’s poor investment climate. They painted pictures of wage freezes, layoffs, benefit reductions and outmigration of experienced Alaskans to the booming oil and gas investment climate of North Dakota.  While uncompetitive and burdensome state tax policies affect oil and gas investment and jobs on state lands, federal policies that also affect our investment climate are choking the economy as well.  ...  So, if Alaska OCS development offers thousands of jobs and economic benefits to Alaska and the entire nation, what are we waiting for?  Unfortunately, the federal government refuses to keep faith with its obligation to its leaseholders and issue viable permits to drill offshore Alaska. That unjustified obstruction of our own federal government blocks access to our energy resources while outsourcing American jobs, government revenue and economic benefits to exporting countries. Misguided or poorly

THIS IS FILL THE PIPELINE WEEK! - ALASKANS SEEK CANADIAN PARTNERSHIPS - Mackenzie Photos

23 February 2011 7:07am

Why is this 'Fill the Pipeline Week'?  The Trans Alaska Pipeline is 2/3 empty.  If it goes empty and shuts down, Alaska is out of Sean Parnellbusiness and America's economic recovery will take another dive.  The pipeline's Pump Station One at Prudhoe Bay is surrounded by additional supplies of Alaska North Slope Oil which will be stranded unless 1) Alaska Senators and Representatives support Governor Sean Parnell's (NGP Photo) HB 110 that would improve the most rotten oil and gas investment climate in America, and 2) unless America's pathetic, federal regulatory agencies quit blocking access to billions of barrels of oil on federally controled arctic oil and gas areas. HERE'S HOW ALASKANS CAN BE A PART OF MAKING THIS "FILL THE PIPELINE WEEK":

  1. Attend TODAY'S (February 23) "Make Alaska Competitive Rally" at 11 a.m., Dowland-Bach, 6130 Tuttle, Anchorage.
  2. Attend FRIDAY'S BOEMRE 7 p.m. hearing at 3801 Centerpoint Dr. (36th Ave. & C St.).  Come at 6 to sign up early and enjoy Pizza and beverages with your friends! 

We will be especially interested to see how many of Alaska's Legislators and other elected leaders show up at each event to "STAND UP FOR ALASKA!"  Yes, with a good deal of citizen and elected leader support Alaska could truly make this the week we look back upon as the week we took decisive steps to refill the Trans Alaska Pipeline.  -dh

Fairbanks News Miner.  ... A resolution would direct state government to collaborate with the Yukon and Northwest Territories through the intergovernmental Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) and its special Arctic Caucus. It also urges the Alaska Legislature to “work with the legislative assemblies” of the two territories to develop a “synchronized message detailing the common needs” with respect to their federal governments.  The Arctic Caucus is just more than a year old. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (NGP Photo) wrote to the state House of Representatives’ economic development committee Monday backing the premise of regional cooperation focused on resource development, environmental protection, development of shipping routes, energy projects and other common interests.  “The Arctic Caucus of PNWER, and PNWER itself, is a way for us to get the word out about these important things we do, and want to do,” wrote Treadwell, a former chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

Mackenzie Photos Here.

Why is this 'Fill the Pipeline Week'?  The Trans Alaska Pipeline is 2/3 empty.  If it goes empty and shuts down, Alaska is out of business and America's economic recovery will take another dive.  The pipeline's Pump Station One at Prudhoe Bay is surrounded by additional supplies of Alaska North Slope Oil which will be stranded unless 1) Alaska Senators and Representatives support Governor Sean Parnell's (NGP Photo) HB 110 that would improve the most rotten oil and gas investment climate in America, and 2) unless America's pathetic, federal regulatory agencies quit blocking access to billions of barrels of oil on federally controled arctic oil and gas areas. HERE'S HOW ALASKANS CAN BE A PART OF MAKING THIS "FILL THE PIPELINE WEEK":

  1. Attend TODAY'S (February 23) "Make Alaska Competitive Rally" at 11 a.m., Dowland-Bach, 6130 Tuttle, Anchorage.
  2. Attend FRIDAY'S BOEMRE 7 p.m. hearing at 3801 Centerpoint Dr. (36th Ave. & C St.).  Come at 6 to sign up early and enjoy Pizza and beverages with your friends! 

We will be especially interested to see how many of Alaska's Legislators and other elected leaders show up at each event to "STAND UP FOR ALASKA!"  Yes, with a good deal of citizen and elected leader support Alaska could truly make this the week we look back upon as the week we took decisive steps to refill the Trans Alaska Pipeline.  -dh

Fairbanks News Miner.  ... A resolution would direct state government to collaborate with the Yukon and Northwest Territories through the intergovernmental Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) and its special Arctic Caucus. It also urges the Alaska Legislature to “work with the legislative assemblies” of the two territories to develop a “synchronized message detailing the common needs” with respect to their federal governments.  The Arctic Caucus is just more than a year old. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (NGP Photo) wrote to the state House of Representatives’ economic development committee Monday backing the premise of regional cooperation focused on resource development, environmental protection, development of shipping routes, energy projects and other common interests.  “The Arctic Caucus of PNWER, and PNWER itself, is a way for us to get the word out about these important things we do, and want to do,” wrote Treadwell, a former chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

Mackenzie Photos Here.

Energy Subsidies Squander Stimulus - Mackenzie Leases Up For Bid

22 February 2011 9:07am

Daily Caller.  Solyndra, Inc. was supposed to have showcased the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s stimulus and green jobs initiatives, but instead it has become the center of congressional attention for waste, fraud and abuse of such programs.

Marketwire.  International Frontier Resources Corporation (TSX VENTURE:IFR) ("IFR" or the "Company") today reported that the Minister for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development has approved posting requests for eleven parcels located in the Central Mackenzie Valley, Northwest Territories ("CMV"). The 2010-2011 Call for Bids was launched on February 19th, 2011 and closes on June 21, 2011 at which time bids must be submitted.

CALL TO ACTION -- Fight For Alaska At Friday Hearing!

22 February 2011 8:53am

See Resource Development Council for Alaska Call to Action HERE, and the Alliance notice below!

 

Proposed 2012-2017 Five-Year Plan for Oil and Gas Leasing Program:
Scoping for Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS)
ANCHORAGE Offshore Oil and Gas 2012-2017 Scoping Hearing
Friday, February 25
7:00 PM (Arrive Early to Sign Up)
3801 Centerpoint Dr. (36th Ave. & C St.)

Wight Calls For Creative Thinking Re: LNG Plant - Macksey Calls For Helping Shell

21 February 2011 9:03am

David WightComment.  Earlier this month, your author addressed the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.  Later that day, ConocoPhillips and Marathon announced discontinuation of the Kenai LNG facility and we broke the news here about the Nigerian purchase of Agrium's facilities.  We noted the giant equipment required for the project and later reported that Robert Roest of Mammoet USA (providing much of the massive moving equipment) could make that equipment available for other large jobs this summer.  One of our readers is a 41-year industry veteran and former Alyeska Pipeline president, David Wight (NGP Photo).  He responded to our story with this observation: "Is there an economic opportunity to dismantle the gas to liquids plant, send it to the north slope and ship the product to Fairbanks?"  He said, "I do not know the economics but it might work if is done when heavy lift equipment is in Alaska to move the fertilizer plant and BP is a low cost seller. ... might use Alaska royalty gas for state facilities such as UAF and the Arctic research facility. Big environmental plus."  We offer Mr. Wight's observations for whomever might find the concept to be just the right economic Peter Macksey'serendipity' to make an otherwise marginal project viable.  -dh   

Comment: Referring to continuous federal delays of Shell Oil Company's Chukchi and Beaufort Sea permit applications, another observant reader, Peter Macksey (NGP Photo) of Steelfab Alaska, asks, "Can we jump on this bandwagon for SHELL?"  Court orders Obama to act on drilling permits.  A federal court ordered the Obama administration Thursday to act on five oil drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days, calling the delays in issuing new decisions "unreasonable, unacceptable, and unjustified."  -dh

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