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On Christmas, we remember how our friend, Bill Tobin (NGP Photo), used to include this Christmas Tree every year on the Anchorage Times editorial page. We are delighted to carry on the tradition and reprint Bill's Christmas Tree below as a tribute to our great Alaska predecessors and as a commitment to honor and propagate and emulate their pioneering spirits.
We Once Again
Decorate A Little
Tree To Say Thanks To
All Of You Who have Blessed
Us With Your Friendship Over
More years Than We Care To Count.
More And More We
Have Come To Realize
That The World Is Filled
More By Goodness Than It
Is By Evil, And That A Smile
Goes Much Farther Than A Frown.
It's Better To Light
One Little Candle Than
It Is To Curse The Darkness,
And That Mostly Has Been The
Mission Of This Little Corner Of The
Times For All These Years That We Have
Been Enriched By The Opportunity To Be
With Faithful Readers, Week After Week.
We Have Offered Here
The Holy Prayer Of St. Francis
Of Assisi, And With Joy We Do So
Again, In Hopes It Reflects Simple Ways
We Each Could Help Build A Better World:
An Instrument Of
Your Peace. Where There
Is Hatred, Let Me Sow Love;
Where There Is Injury, Pardon;
Where There Is Doubt, Faith; Where
There Is Despair, Hope; Where There Is
Darkness, Light; And Where There Is Sadness,
That I May Not So
Much Seek To Be Consoled
As To Console; To Be Understood
As To Understand; To Be Loved As To
Love; For It Is In Giving That We Receive;
It Is In Pardoning That We Are Pardoned, And
It Is In Dying That
We Are Born
- William J. Tobin
Fortnightly. The Death of the Grid? As Mark Twain would say, the reports are exaggerated. By Charles E. Bayless. Some have predicted the demise of the grid, as the system gradually transforms into millions of standalone renewable units, such as rooftop solar and the like, backed up by batteries or small generators. But in order to obtain the quickest adoption of renewable energy, while retaining the cheapest overall cost, the exact opposite is true. For renewable energy to succeed on a large scale, the grid is indispensable. READ MORE
Petroleum News by Alan Bailey. Nabors rig 16-E is about to move on site to drill three new wells in the North Slope Mustang field this winter, Jack Laasch (NGP Photo), Brooks Range Petroleum’s operations strategy manager, told the Alaska Support Industry Alliance Dec. 11. Having already completed the field’s gravel access road and pad, Brook....
|ADN/The Arctic Sounder by Carey Restino.
Efforts to move forward with Arctic priorities got a boost with the passage of the federal spending bill last week, which included items Alaska’s lawmakers are calling vital to the Arctic.
“This bill is not perfect, but it is the product of bipartisan negotiations and directs resources critical to our state -- protecting the health and well-being of Alaskans and our fisheries, prioritizing our defense and investing in infrastructure for our state’s needs and America’s Arctic future,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo), in a release. “I thank my colleagues for coming together to avoid another unnecessary government shutdown, and I thank them for recognizing the importance of these provisions for Alaska.”
Today's relevant news links from the office of the Alaska gasline's Federal Coordinator, soon scheduled to close:
- Low oil prices could hurt LNG projects
- First tanker arrives for BG’s Australia coal-seam gas LNG project
- Chevron puts hold on drilling plans in Canadian Arctic
- Federal environmental review restarts for Petronas’ B.C. LNG project
- First Nations go to court over gas pipeline to LNG plant
- Mitsubishi buys into Petronas’ B.C. LNG project
- Russia government may help finance Yamal LNG
- Mozambique adopts fiscal stability law for gas projects
- China may turn away from coal-to-gas projects
- Alberta working toward using less fresh water in fracking
- Brazil’s LNG imports surge to cover hydropower shortfall
- Egypt will try fracking in effort to boost gas production
- Biologist alleges contaminated soils at proposed LNG site in Oregon
- Regulatory approval delayed for Puerto Rico LNG import terminal
- TransCanada CEO says low oil prices don’t change need for pipelines
- Alberta drilling auction bonus payments lowest since 2002
12-22-14 Alaska Gas Project In Doubt - White House Still Stalls Keystone XL - Premier Creates Confusing Fracking Obstacle
Petroleum News by Alan Bailey (NGP Photo).
New Fracking Obstacle: What the heck is a "Social License?"
CBC News by Jacques Poitras.
Premier Brian Gallant says gaining social license will be one of the five conditions hydraulic fracturing will have to meet if his government is to lift its moratorium on the technique.
Steve Moran, the chief executive officer of Corridor Resources, says it’s a frustratingly vague concept that he doesn’t know how to achieve.
"Even the premier when he was asked didn't really have an answer in terms of what that mean," Moran told CBC News.
With estimated costs higher than anticipated and a concession agreement due to expire at the end of December, the board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority faces some tough decisions over the future of the Interior Energy Project, a project designed to bring affordable North Slope natural gas to consumers in Fairbanks.
The project involves the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant on the Slope; a trucking operation to ship LNG from the plant to Fairbanks; LNG storage and liquefaction facilities in Fairbanks; and utility distribution pipelines for delivering gas to customers.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) and Canada’s ambassador to the United States talked about pipelines Friday as they met with Calgary's business community.
Gary Doer says there are a lot of positive signs in the coming year for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The TransCanada project would carry crude oil from northern Alberta to refineries in Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast in Texas.