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11-24-14 RDC's Conference Hosts Corporate and Government Leaders

24 November 2014 2:08am

ADN/Arctic Sounder by Carey Restino.  The Arctic Policy Commission met this week in Anchorage, taking testimony ... has recommended sweeping infrastructure improvements in the Arctic, as well as increased funding for and presence of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Here is the agenda for last Thursday's Resource Development Council for Alaska program along with many video links:

RDC’s 35th Annual Conference Presentations

Alaska Resources Conference
November 19-20, 2014
Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

Some videos and pdfs are large files and may take a moment to open.
All available presentations have been posted.

Wednesday – November 19th

7:00 a.m. Registration/Check-in/Exhibits Open
Eye-Opener Breakfast in Exhibit Area – Sponsored by Wells Fargo

8:00 Opening Remarks
Ralph Samuels, RDC President, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Holland America Line

Alaskan Economic Trends: 2015 Outlook
Neal Fried, Economist, Alaska Department of Labor pdf video

Alaska Industry 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Outlook
Oil & Gas:
 Kara Moriarty, President and CEO, Alaska Oil and Gas Association pdf video
Fisheries: Stephanie Madsen, Executive Director, At-Sea Processors Association video
Forestry: Keith Coulter, Lands Manager, Koncor Forest Products, Afognak Island Operationspdf video
Mining: Karen Matthias, Managing Consultant, Council of Alaska Producers pdf video
Tourism: Gideon Garcia, Chief Operating Officer, CIRI Alaska Tourism pdf video

10:00 Gourmet Break – Sponsored by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.

10:30 Investment in Action
Moderator: Wendy Lindskoog, RDC Executive Committee, and Vice President, Business Management and Corporate Affairs, Alaska Railroad Corporation
Trond-Erik Johansen, President, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. pdf video

Investing in Alaska's Future
Janet Weiss, President, Alaska, BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. video

11:30 Networking Break

Noon Keynote Luncheon - Sponsored by Northrim Bank
The Arctic: Overcoming Challenges, Harnessing Great Opportunities

Moderator: Ethan Schutt, RDC Secretary, and Senior Vice President, Land and Energy Development, Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Thomas Mack, President and Interim CEO, Aleut Corporation pdf video
Rex Allen Rock, Sr., President and CEO, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation video

1:30 p.m. Remarks by Governor Sean Parnell video

Cook Inlet and Interior Basin Outlook
Moderator: Lisa Parker, RDC Board Member, and Manager, Government Relations, Apache Alaska, Inc.
Greg Lalicker, President, Hilcorp pdf video
David Hall, President, Cook Inlet Energy pdf video
Jim Mery, Vice President, Doyon Ltd. pdf video

3:00 Gourmet Break - Sponsored by Cruise Lines International Association - Alaska

3:30 The Arctic: Alaskan and Circumpolar Perspectives
Moderator: Doug Smith, RDC Board Memeber, and President, LRS Corporation
Drue Pearce, Senior Policy Advisor, Crowell & Moring LLP pdf video

North Slope: New Development and Production Update
Bill Hardham, Alaska Operations Manager, Repsol pdf video
Pat Foley, Senior Vice President, Caelus Energy Alaska LLC pdf video

4:30 VIP Reception – Sponsored by ExxonMobil, open to all conference attendees

Thursday – November 20th

7:00 a.m. Exhibits Open
Eye-Opener Breakfast in Exhibit Area
 - Sponsored by Geokinetics, Inc.

8:00 Point Thomson: One Step Closer to Production
Moderator: Len Horst, RDC Treasurer, and Fixed Operations Manager, Alaska Sales and Service
Gina Dickerson, Point Thomson Senior Project Manager, ExxonMobil Development Company pdf

New Federal Regulations and Implications for Alaska Industry – Offshore and Onshore 
Eric Fjelstad, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP pdf video

Emerging Energy & Climate Regulations: Impact on Alaska
Commissioner Larry Hartig, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation pdf video

Remarks by Governor-Elect Bill Walker video

10:00 Gourmet Break – Sponsored by Stoel Rives LLP

10:30 Celebrating 25 Years of Developing Potential: What's Next?
Moderator: Lorna Shaw, RDC Vice President, and External Affairs Manager, Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC
Wayne Hall, Manager, Community and Public Relations, Teck (combined with Miller below)
Lance Miller, Vice President, Natural Resources, NANA Regional Corporation pdf video
Mike Satre, Manager of Government and Community Relations, Hecla Greens Creek Mining pdfvideo

11:30 Networking Break

Noon Keynote Luncheon - Sponsored by Holland America Line
Outlook for Commodities in Alaska Export Markets: From Minerals to LNG

Moderator: Ralph Samuels, RDC President, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Holland America Line
Patricia Mohr, Vice President, Economics and Commodity Markets Specialist, The Scotiabank Group pdf video

Last call for Grand Raffle ticket stubs at conclusion of lunch program

1:30 p.m. Special video message from U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski video

Progress Report on the Alaska LNG Project
Moderator: Kara Moriarty, RDC Executive Committee, and President and CEO, Alaska Oil and Gas Association
Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects pdf video
Steve Butt, Senior Project Manager, Alaska LNG Project pdf video
Mike Palowski, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources pdf video

3:00 Grand Raffle Drawing

Send-off Toast – Sponsored by the Alaska Oil and Gas Association
Toast by Janet Weiss, AOGA Board President video


23 November 2014 2:01pm

Jim Prentice, Pipeline, Alberta Premier, Ontario, Quebec, Photo by Dave HarbourCalgary Herald by James Wood.  Premier Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) says he can do business with the Ontario and Quebec premiers even as they put in place potential new hurdles to pipeline development.  On Friday, Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard agreed to a joint response to projects such as TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East, saying that such pipelines have to be environmentally sound, enjoy local community and First Nations support and provide economic benefits to the two provinces.  (Video Here)



22 November 2014 2:57pm


Drilling forecast calls for 10% activity decline in 2015
By Dan Healing, Calgary Herald November 20, 2014 ... 10 per cent decline in drilling activity in 2015 due to delays in takeaway pipeline construction, ...


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


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.



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.
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