Petroleum News Alaska. ANWR's fate on hold (Full story) A federal website says a “record of decision” is due this spring on a new management plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including a potential recommendation to designate more of the refuge as wilderness. But an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages ANWR, said the....
Valdez Star. The war of words between city officials in Valdez and Alaska House leaders in Juneau over natural gas development has moved to Facebook. The latest disagreement between the two erupted last Thursday when Republican leaders in the Alaska House posted negative statements on its Facebook page regarding the city’s media campaign against HB4. The AK House Majority said this in its post “An advertising push is being made by the City of Valdez against the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project and Rep. Mike Hawker and Speaker Mike Chenault's House Bill 4. Here's the ASAP Project page. Click over and get informed on the only real project moving forward to bring Alaska's gas to Alaskans.” (Scroll down for yesterday's links on this subject. -dh)
|Chicago Tribune Editorial. The president should approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would link the rich oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta to U.S. refineries and ports in the Gulf of Mexico. Last Friday evening, 17 Democrats joined all of the U.S. Senate's Republicans in urging Obama to do just that. The 62-37 vote was nonbinding but signaled bipartisan frustration with the administration's reluctance to approve the project.|
Seward Phoenix Log by Wolfgang Kurtz. There’s no plan to get critical natural gas supplies to Southcentral Alaska that has the momentum that the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline project has, according to District 34 Representative Mike Chenault (NGP Photo). Chenault, who is serving as speaker of the house, discounts other initiatives as mere proposals at best. Furthermore, with Conoco-Phillips apparently due to abandon their long standing export permit for Cook Inlet gas from their Nikiski facility, there may be onerous demands to be faced for export permits. Chenault also pointed out at a town hall meeting on Saturday that interest from end users could merely be them leveraging the market to add the Alaska supply to a global pool. The more capacity available, the lower price buyers have to pay, according to that theory. He reasons that it’s quite easy to get stated interest in exporting Alaskan gas but much more difficult to get a contract (Ref. HB4)
Yesterday, Meera Kohler (NGP Photo), President of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, briefed Commonwealth North (CWN) members on, "a new proposal to transmit affordable electrical energy statewide and monetize Alaska's stranded North Slope gas resources." According to CWN, "High Voltage Direct Current technology, in conjunction with modern high efficiency compound gas turbine generation has the potential to provide a cost effective means of powering the Railbelt, taking Alaska gas to market and integrating Alaska's diversified and spatially scattered population centers into a viable economic engine."
Calgary Herald. In a decision that concluded tolls cannot increase every year to offset lower volumes moving through a pipeline, the National Energy Board has rejected sweeping changes put forward by pipeline giant TransCanada on its fee structure to move natural gas in Canada.
Our Friends at Resource Development Council for Alaska (RDC) Alert Us About Tomorrow's Deadline:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun the scoping process for the Donlin Gold LLC project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Corps is accepting comments, questions, and suggestions to be considered and used to help identify concerns and benefits of the project in the draft EIS. Comments will be accepted through this Friday, March 29. Action requested: RDC encourages citizens to submit written comments urging the Corps to include social and economic benefits, and other potential opportunities that development of Donlin Gold may create, in the EIS. Please consider personalizing your comments by using your perspective and including specific examples of the potential benefits resulting from development of the project. For more information and talking points, please visit: http://www.akrdc.org/alerts/
Today's energy news courtesy of Consumer Energy Alliance:
Houston Chronicle: Busted theory - As for environmental impacts, the EPA credits increased use of natural gas for reducing air pollution across the country. Carbon dioxide emissions are also at a 20-year low thanks to natural gas. State and federal regulators, meanwhile, have been nearly unanimous in stating that hysterical claims about hydraulic fracturing - including water contamination, air emissions, and health threats - are pure invention. The only bubble that's about to burst - if it has not already - is the nationwide campaign against hydraulic fracturing, of which Owen's op-ed was an unfortunate part.
Message from Governor Sean Parnell: