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7-8-14 Fairbanks is 'gearing up' for a 'deluge of affordable, clean-burning natural gas'.

08 July 2014 7:35am

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Fairbanks News Miner by Matt Buxton.  Utilities, state agencies and local leaders are gearing up for what they say will be a great deluge of affordable, clean-burning natural gas into the Fairbanks area.  Crews are busily installing service lines, utilities are boasting of grand plans for expansion, there are town halls on the subject and local politicians are patting themselves on the back.

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7-7-14 Feds Not Credited For Energy Surge (EIA)

07 July 2014 1:23pm

 

Comment by Robert Dillon (NGP Photo), Senator Lisa Murkowski's Senate Energy Committee Staff  

Robert Dillon, US Senate Energy Committee, Photo by Dave HarbourWe’ve known for some time that the majority of new oil and natural gas production in the United States was occurring on private and state lands.

Fairbanks News Miner by Jim Dodson.

Develop Alaska’s human resources. Increase its standard of living. Diversify its economy. Strengthen free competition in its private sector economy.

Here at Fairbanks Economic Development, we are in favor of “Vote No on 1.” Our reasons are simple: we believe the description of “maximum benefit,” and the aim of Alaska’s government in resource development, were correct.

We believe that a dynamic, thriving private sector, full of good, high-paying private sector jobs for Alaskans, is the best, most sustainable road to maximum benefit for Alaskans and the state.

 
There is a reason that the North Slope Contractors Association and the North Slope Pipeline Unions joined with Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently ....       (More here)

Now new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that federal lands are producing less and less of the energy the nation depends on every day.

According to the EIA, fossil fuel production from federal lands has been declining every year since 2010.

Coal production on federal lands has been falling since 2008.

Production of natural gas from federal areas has been declining since 2007, and represented just over 15 percent of the nation’s total gas production in 2013, down from 35 percent a decade before.

While oil production in 2013 was up slightly from the previous year, it’s still way below 2010-2011 levels.

Reference: Rigzone, Federal Lands Contributing Less to Total US Energy Picture.

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7-5-14 Alaska Gasline Agreement Signed

06 July 2014 8:05pm

Governor's Website – Citing significant progress on an Alaska gasline that gets Alaska’s gas to Alaskans and markets beyond, Governor Sean Parnell welcomed news that a formal commercial agreement has been signed between the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and TransCanada to advance the Alaska LNG Project.

“Environmental and pipeline engineering fieldwork has officially begun,” Governor Parnell said. “I am pleased all parties continue to make progress on building an Alaska gasline project that will create thousands of Alaska jobs and fuel Alaska homes and businesses. This milestone marks the historic progress we have made on a gasline. Our way forward will continue to be on Alaska’s terms and in Alaskans’ interests.”

The Alaska LNG Project has fully entered the Pre-Front End Engineering and Design (Pre-FEED) phase – a milestone no previous Alaska gasline project has achieved. During the Pre-FEED phase, the producer parties will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on design and engineering of the project. In the coming weeks, the project will begin to work to secure an export license with the Department of Energy and continue permitting work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Each producer party, in addition to the state, will begin to engage the LNG sales market during this phase.

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7-4-14 Happy Independence Day! Pay It Forward!

04 July 2014 7:58am

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7-2-14: Fairbanks Natural Gas Wants Rate Increase

02 July 2014 8:40am

ADN by Dermot Cole.  Fairbanks Natural Gas said Monday it wants a 6.92 percent rate increase, filing a cost study and other documents with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in which it makes the case that it should be allowed to collect $1.4 million more from its customers under standard utility practice.


Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2014/07/01/3543284/fairbanks-natural-gas-seeks-rate.html?sp=/99/171/#storylink=cpy

 

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NBC News: Main Street, Montana: Small Towns Pray for Keystone XL Pipeline
The town hangs like a charm on the proposed route of the Keystone XL, a pipeline that would double the flow of oil from Canada to American refineries in Texas. This $6 billion steel straw would dive under Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, before joining an existing southern leg that connects to the Gulf Coast. This alone requires hundreds of private land owners to sign off, no easy political feat. But because the pipeline also crosses an international border, it requires what has so far eluded TransCanada, the project’s developer: a presidential permit.
 
NBC News: Will Oil Save Main Street?
If TransCanada builds the Keystone XL pipeline, it could be an economic shot in the arm for these small towns in eastern Montana.
 
Associated Press: Oil rises on US, China factory strength
The price of oil edged up Wednesday on stronger manufacturing activity in the United States and China, the two biggest oil consumers. Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was up 8 cents to $105.42 per barrel at 0800 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, breaking four days of declines. The contract closed at a 10-month high of $107.26 on June 20.
 
ReutersOil falls back as Libya stokes supply hopes; Iraq stays on the radar
Brent futures slipped under $112 a barrel on Wednesday as Libyan rebels agreed to reopen two oil terminals, but lingering worries over the threat of a sudden worsening in the Iraq crisis stemmed further losses.
 
Associated PressColorado initiatives advance after ruling
Supporters of ballot questions to give more control to local governments over hydraulic fracturing will be able to turn in signatures for six different measures after rulings from the Colorado Supreme Court. Monday’ rulings mean that signatures collected for the initiatives can be turned in by the Aug. 4 deadline. The court ruled that the ballot questions accurately reflect what they intend to do and are not misleading.
 
BloombergBakken explorers told to cut flaring
North Dakota, the second-largest U.S. oil-producing state amid booming output from shale, plans to punish crude explorers that fail to curtail the burning of natural gas as waste.
 
CNBC : Gas prices too high? If not for shale, they’d be worse
Both the production and refining sides of the industry are contributing to a better supply environment, thanks to the oil shale boom and significant expansion of the U.S. refining industry in the last several years.
 
CBS NewsNew concerns arise over HF
The ongoing controversy over the method for removing oil and gas from unconventional, hard-to-reach underground deposits that's known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has some new data to chew on.
 
US News & World Report: Should Towns Be Able to Ban Fracking?
A New York appeals court ruled Monday that towns in the state may use local zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracking. In a 5-2 ruling, the state’s highest court upheld 2011 ordinances that prohibited shale gas drilling within the towns of Dryden and Middlefield.
 
International Business Times: Texas Now Producing As Much Oil As Iraq
Crude oil production in Texas doubled over the past three years to hit 3 million barrels a day in April for the first time since the late 1970s, nearly the amount that Iraq produces and 36 percent of total U.S. oil production, according to recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
 
Wall Street Journal: Wyoming Sticks by Coal Despite Emission Standards, Shale-Gas Boom
Coal is still king here in the heart of the state's Powder River Basin, where a column of trucks carrying freshly mined loads chug up a hillside outside town each day. So when talk at a local bar turns to new carbon emissions standards proposed in June by the Environmental Protection Agency—rules that would hit the coal industry hardest—patrons respond with a mixture of disbelief and defiance.
 
Washington TimesShale development key to lowering emissions
America’s recent energy renaissance is the leading cause of what the rest of us see as good news. “The decrease [in CO2] from 2011 to 2012 was due to a decrease in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed by power producers to generate electricity due to a decrease in the price of natural gas,” the EPA concedes. None of this would have been possible without natural-gas extraction.
 
Oil & Gas JournalEIA: Texas, N. Dakota provided nearly half of US crude production in April
Texas production reached 3 million b/d for the first time since the late 1970s, more than doubling production in the past 3 years. North Dakota production, meanwhile, surpassed 1 million b/d for the first time in the state’s history, almost tripling its production over the same period.
 
Christian Science MonitorWith North Dakota oil boom comes concern over spills
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he wants to vastly expand the oil pipeline capacity in his state. With oil production churning along at 1 million barrels per day, the boom may spark concerns about pipeline spills.
 
Corpus Christi Caller Times:  Partnership to benefit Texas A&M-Kingsville's Eagle Ford Shale
Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Eagle Ford Shale Center for Research, Outreach and Education got a $30,000 boost Tuesday to help with startup costs. Dick Messbarger, executive director for both organizations said: “This donation will help fund applied research to result in new businesses and new jobs in Kingsville.”
 
Fayetteville ObserverN.C. activists expand anti-hydraulic fracturing campaign
Environmental groups in North Carolina have expanded their anti-shale campaign by targeting more lawmakers. Last month, a coalition of agencies, called the North Carolina Environmental Partnership, expanded its television, mail and online advertising to across the state.
 
Tribune-ReviewShallow drillers might get a break in Pa. law
State lawmakers are considering legislation that would direct regulators to establish separate rules for drillers tapping oil and gas in shallower wells above the more popular Marcellus shale.
 
Columbus DispatchPipeline owners want to ship natural gas from Ohio back west
The owners of the Rockies Express Pipeline, which starts in northwestern Colorado and runs underground nearly 1,700 miles to eastern Ohio, have for the past five years used the pipeline to move gas from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest.
 
Albuquerque Express: Should New York’s Town Fracking Ban Be Allowed Elseware?
A New York appeals court ruled Monday that towns in the state may use local zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracking. In a 5-2 ruling, the state’s highest court upheld 2011 ordinances that prohibited shale gas drilling within the towns of Dryden and Middlefield. Oil and gas company Norse Energy and New York dairy farm Cooperstown Holstein Corp. brought the case, arguing that only states have the authority to regulate hydraulic fracking. The court, however, said the two towns “acted within their home rule powers” to ban drilling.
 
Tulsa World: Oklahoma oil leaders respond to New York anti-fracking decision
Tulsa and Oklahoma energy industry leaders don’t seem too worried about a New York high court’s decision that allows municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing in that state. This state’s historic bond with oil and gas drilling is too strong — and lucrative — to follow suit with the New Yorkers, they say. Oklahoma is one of the nation’s primary energy producers.
 
KVNFUdall Campaigns On Western Slope, Talks Hydraulic Fracturing
Voters in Montrose met with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) at a campaign eventTuesday. Karen Nicholson said she came to hear what his "views about hydraulic fracturing are and what he thinks the next steps are for immigration reform."

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