In an Alaska Dispatch interview, Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) said, "With the passage of SB 138 earlier this year, we are taking steps toward construction of a natural gas pipeline.
"Federal applications have been submitted, and my administration is now working with potential buyers in Japan. My administration continues to identify various financing mechanisms for the state's portion of this project; thanks to our solid credit rating, we have options." Read more here.
Our Saturday Commentary:
Americans cannot trust the US Administration (e.g. Alaska and Lower 48 Federal Land Restrictions and Poor Energy Policies, Eric Holder Malfeasance; Misapplication of ESA, CWA, CAA; IRS; NSA; VA; AP; EPA; Benghazi; Ebola; Sickening Open Border Policy; Prisoner Trade: One Traitor for Several Terrorists; Fast and Furious; Obamacare Lies; US Marine Rotting In Mexican Jail; Cowardly 'Red Line' Syrian Policy, Unsustainable National Debt, Emasculation of Military Strength, Pro-Muslim bias, Anti-Israel bias, Failure To Save America's ISIS-slaughtered Kurdish allies, Alliance With Senate Democrats To Kill All Pro-Job, Pro-Economy House Bills, etc.).
It's not only Americans. The U.S. and Canada are each others' largest trading partners. A big difference between the two countries now is that Canada has a decisive leader in Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The U.S. has a weak, inexperienced, indecisive, incompetent, socialist leader focused only on transforming the successful democratic model which was the United States. The cost to American jobs and the U.S. economy by the White House refusal to approve TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline is huge.
Part of the cost is the cost in loss of trust. Since Canada cannot trust its historical, best trading partner, its Prime Minister has no choice but to explore other markets for Canada's products and natural resources -- including Oil Sands oil. Our compliments to Harper for his insight, initiative, wisdom and courage.
Shame on America's elected chief executive for ruining America in so many ways. Let me count the ways, which since 2012, have multiplied.... -dh
10-10-14 "Interesting Moments" From Our Video Archives - Alaska's Congressional Delegation Unites On LNG
The Alliance's Rebecca Logan writes, "Great presentation yesterday morning by Greg Lalicker from Hilcorp! Over 200 folks in attendance!!" We are pleased to attach that presentation for your review. -dh
We know two Members of Alaska's Congressional Delegation who oppose President Obama's irresponsible use of Executive Orders and EPA's preemptive blockage of projects which destroys the concept of "due process" and "Rule of Law".
Here, the President has, by fiat, created the "San Gabriel National Monument", without public input. We would hope that our Democrat Senator, Mark Begich (NGP Photo), could prevail on the President -- along with his Republican colleagues -- to avoid such unilateral actions which we could otherwise see repeated before 2016 in Alaska and other resource rich states. -dh
Senate Energy Committee Communications Guru Robert Dillon writes us that, "The Wall Street Journal opinion page yesterday took the Obama administration to the woodshed for failing to take advantage of the historic opportunity to improve our security and economy by strengthening energy ties with Canada and Mexico."
In a violent, disordered world, the disagreements among the U.S., Canada and Mexico are minor. The benefits of uniting the economies of these three huge, peaceful nations are real. But it will require a U.S. presidential candidate with some of Prime Minister Harper’s vision to make it happen.
Amateur Hour Energy Videos For Our Readers and For Our Archives (Along With Hundreds of Thousands of Research Documents, Presentations, Maps, News Items and Editorials: Google Search Our Archives, Upper Right Column.)
In reviewing our "amateur hour" You Tube Channel, we encounter some “Interesting Moments” in Northern Energy history. Your author recorded these moments, over the years, either 1) to post on his northerngaspipelines.com webpage, or 2) as research for articles, or (3 as requested raw footage for other news/video producers. These links will become a part of the Northern Gas Pipelines archives. Other tapes preserved on this channel are more personal in nature or deal with other than energy subjects. None of our videos pretend to be professionally filmed. Enjoy!
Warren Buffett Congratulates Governor Sarah Palin (Then, not now....)
- Lt. Gov. (Now, Governor) Phil Bryant Discusses States’ Rights
- Governor Sean Parnell Discusses National Energy Policy
- Governor Sean Parnell Summit With Chairman Wu Bangguo
- Andrew Halcro: Alaska Gas Pipeline
- Oilfield Worker Ron Barks On Government Energy Policy
Here are some other unedited videos on our VIMEO channel:
- Senator Lisa Murkowski On The Federal “Assault On Alaska”
- Governor Jay Hammond And Legislature Define ‘Fair Share’ Of Petroleum Revenue
- Dave Harbour On Value Of Calgary Arctic Gas Symposium
Alaska Delegation Letter To DOE
Alaska Delegation Urges DOE to Approve Alaska LNG Export Application
U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, (NGP Photo), Senator Mark Begich (NGP Photo) and Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, last week called on the Department of Energy to expeditiously approve a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export license to ensure Alaska’s stranded natural gas resources reach market.
In a letter sent to Director of the Division of Natural Gas Regulatory Activities John Anderson, the delegation detailed the Alaska LNG Project’s plans to export LNG to both free-trade agreement (FTA) and non-free trade Agreement (non-FTA) countries, as well as its importance to the state’s future.
“The Alaska LNG Project would be the largest integrated natural gas, LNG project of its kind ever designed and constructed, with an estimated cost of $45 billion to $65 billion,” the delegation wrote. “No other single project is as important to Alaska’s economic future as this massive infrastructure project.”
The developers of the Alaska LNG Project – Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, and the pipeline company TransCanada – are seeking a license to export 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day for 30 years. To date, the largest volume of LNG approved for export by DOE was 2.2 Bcf a day for the Sabine Pass project in Louisiana. DOE has also typically approved licenses for 20 years.
“This is an important project for the future of the state’s economy and it’s important that DOE officials move quickly to approve it as they have all other export projects from Alaska,” Murkowski said. “I’m committed to doing everything I can at the federal level to push it across the finish line.”
“This is another good step get this critical project moving, and I am glad to stand together with the rest of the delegation,” said Begich. “This natural gas project is good for Alaska’s economy and will create jobs, not to mention the Alaska LNG Project would provide Alaskans significant state revenue, thousands of high-paying construction and operational jobs, and access to low-cost energy.”
“The Alaska LNG Project is a long time coming, and I’m pleased that a united congressional delegation is working to remove federal barriers to bring our tremendous natural gas resources to market,” said Young. “Projects such as this will encourage Alaska’s prosperity by ensuring well-paying jobs for our citizens and added revenue for our state, all while continuing Alaska’s role in meeting the energy needs of the 21st Century.”
The delegation pointed out that DOE has previously acknowledged that treatment of LNG export applications in Alaska will necessarily differ from lower 48 applications, and that a presidential finding from 1988 stating that exports of LNG from Alaska “will not diminish the total quantity or quality nor increase the total price of energy available to the United States” is valid and applicable to the Alaska LNG Project application.
“We believe that the export authorization sought by the Alaska LNG Project is fully consistent with both the public interest of Alaska and the nation,” the delegation wrote. “As the Alaska Congressional Delegation, we write to request that you approve this application expeditiously.”
Energy Intelligence: INDUSTRY TRENDS: Alliance Planting New Crop of Oil Patch Workers *David Holt Quoted
Aging baby boomers are leaving the workforce in droves. In the oil patch, this is known variously as “the great crew change," the "brain drain," or "the graying of the workforce." But whatever it's called, the energy industry is experiencing a serious labor shortage from entry-level workers to geologists and engineers.
Oil & Energy by Dr. Kent Moors. How Falling Oil Prices Could Trigger an “Unpredictable and Dangerous Mess”
Yesterday, ConocoPhillips announced that it has completed five-year, Alaska North Slope contracts with URS Corporation, CH2M HILL, and ASRC Energy Services. See the full news release details here.
From the office of House Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) comes this alert of interest to most natural resource companies doing business in Alaska and the American West. We feature it in this Northern energy webpage because it demonstrates the broad, deep and dangerous reach of Obama administration agencies in their zeal -- without scientific justification -- to shut down natural resource exploration and development in America...and many other business and recreational activities as well. -dh
Release: "House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings along with 17 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, urging the Service to extend the comment period for the proposed critical habitat designation of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. This proposed listing, driven by a 2011 court mega-settlement and not by sound science, would have devastating negative effects on small businesses, farmers, ranchers, forest management, and American energy production in nine states throughout the West."
Mining and Arctic Shipping Historic Voyage: What does it portend for more Alaskan and Canadian natural resource shipping and markets?
Could Russian chess players be the ultimate winners?
Former Alaska Mining Association Executive Director Steve Borell linked us today with this mining.com story:
According to the 70-year old shipping company (i.e. FEDNAV) the MV Nunavik will be the first vessel to carry a cargo of Arctic origins the full length of Canada’s Northwest Passage from Baffin Bay through the Bering Straight.
The ship is loaded with a cargo of nickel concentrate from Nunavik’s Deception Bay destined for the port of Bayuquan, northern China.
How do we know the current location of the Nunavik and her crew as we write this. FEDNAV has provided this helpful webpage. Join us and follow her to China!
You, too, can traverse the great Northwest Passage, in the summer of 2016.
The MV Nunavik successfully completed the Northwest Passage portion of its historic voyage a few days ago.
Then, it survived Typhoon Phanfone as it passed through the Bering Strait and the International Date Line.
As this is written, it carries its massive nickel concentrate payload past the Kamčatka Peninsula, then will head south of Sakhalin Island.
Follow its progress here as it approaches its destination at Bayuquan.
What does this voyage mean to future natural resource transportation from Arctic areas?
FEDS QUERY ENERGY FIRMS AHEAD OF EXPORT RULINGS
The U.S. Commerce Department has taken a small step toward resolving some two-dozen pending requests to export lightly processed oil this summer, asking energy companies to fill out a one-page questionnaire about their plans, sources familiar with the document told Reuters.
The nine questions may help the department map out a further easing of the four-decade old ban on crude exports.
One envisions massive new ice-breaking, cargo carrying ships competing for the Alaska and Canadian Arctic trade -- a vast new industry.
- One can also envision the requirement for more military assets in Alaskan and Canadian Arctic areas, to protect resource development and national sovereignty. Prime Minister Harper has recognized this responsibility though America's president has not. This is particularly important in view of Russia's new imperialism being exercised in Europe and its massive Arctic natural resource investments (i.e. like this) now moving at full speed without the level of environmental safeguards which exist in North America.
NWT Premier Bob McLeod (NGP Photo) has recently envisioned another way to avoid Western Canadian and Lower 48 pipeline project opposition: move the resource down the Mackenzie River Valley to Inuvik and access international energy markets via the Arctic Ocean.
Oil companies making discoveries in the arctic may well find better economics by shipping oil or LNG directly from offshore production platforms to Asian markets. Part of the economics of TRADITIONAL oil, gas and mining involves a hostile and uncertain onshore regulatory environment (e.g. EPA's unconstitutional project preemption; White House's Keystone XL Pipeline approval recalcitrance; Washington opposition to ANWR, full use of NPR-A; arbitrary and capricious use of ESA and CWA.) On the US side, pipeline impediments come largely from America's own federal government and a coalition of environmental groups which actually make money by litigating, protesting and stopping (i.e. and often settling with a cooperative, federal agency defendant) such wealth producing projects. On the Canadian side, environmental extremism is as challenging as down south. But much of the pipeline and other natural resource project delay has originated with the country's now well established court precedent of the concept of, "Duty to Consult". While coordinating with stakeholders is a logical requirement of development, the concept can also be misused. Put another way, it can be used to stop development permanently or until a developer is willing to pay what the stakeholder wishes. New waterborne transportation concepts may or may not ultimately be immune from similar exploration, production and transportation delays in Arctic offshore areas. We encourage all Arctic developers, particularly those in Canada, to become very familiar with Bill Gallagher's review of such issues.
- Oil, gas and mining companies could be providing new employment and opportunities to hundreds of service companies and manufacturers. The opportunities could involve ports, service boats, heavy equipment and operators, catering services and so much more.
- If the Obama Administration is successful in fully implementing its "Ocean Policy" -- without Congressional authority and without designated Congressional budget support -- it could seek with environmentally extreme allies to shut down the oceans to economic enterprises. In effect, this vast new administrative power could allow the opportunities presented by the current Northwest Passage voyage to be neutralized -- at least within waters controlled by the U.S.
- Our readers are familiar with another obstacle to a free use of the Northwest Passage and related on- and off-shore Arctic resource development. A non-U.S. Senate approved treaty between President Barack Obama and and President Vladimir Putin establishing a Beringia relationship between the two countries. Note that while Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sought to reaffirm and reinforce Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, President Obama's agencies and environmental allies and President Putin have similar interests: stop U.S. energy development in the Arctic. Meanwhile, Putin is aggressively developing Russia's Arctic energy resources with considerably less delay caused by political opposition, environmental concerns and litigation. Sadly, America's current leaders know and care more about organizing political allies than playing chess in real life -- where, in absence of a 'stalemate', the outcome is always one winner and one who has lost everything.
Alliance Announces Board Changes
Last week the Alaska Support Industry Alliance held its Annual Meeting & Board Elections at Anchorage's Captain Cook Hotel. Dave Lawer passed the reins to incoming Board President Kevin Durling and 7 slots on the Alliance Board were filled. (Here is the Alliance webpage link. Those exploring the webpage will note the Alliance's active involvement -- along with the Resource Development Council for Alaska and a number of active Chambers of Commerce and other organizations -- in policy issues affecting jobs and economic health of the state. -dh)
Four incumbent board members were reelected to three year terms:
- Bryan Clemenz, CH2M Hill
- Krista Gonder, Alaska Tags & Titles
- Mark D. Nelson, ASRC Energy Services
- Pete Stokes, Petrotechnical Resources Alaska
The membership also elected three new board members:
- Adam Crum, Northern Industrial Training
- Wyche Ford, Fluor
- Ben Schoffmann, Kakivik Asset Management LLC & CCI Industrial Services, LLC
The Kenai Chapter of the Alliance also voted to make Scott Davis of Davis Block and Concrete their representative to the statewide board.
Additionally, both the Kenai Chapter and the Fairbanks Chapter of the Alliance elected new Chapter Boards.
- Ken Hall, President (Lynden)
- Joane Johnson, Vice President (Pacific Alaska Freightways)
- Lee Petersen, Secretary (Fairbanks Fuel)
- Tim Musgrove, President (Rain for Rent)
- Ben Cruz, Vice President (Cruz Companies)
- Fran McCampbell, Secretary (Total Office Products)
As always, since accuracy is our goal for this northern energy archive, we invite readers to send us additions or corrections to our postings. -dh