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9-3-14 Top Energy Summits Coming

03 September 2014 6:17am

While we draw special attention to the following, upcoming meetings, we also urge readers to explore links to resource development, chamber of commerce and other similar groups in the U.S. and Canada which are linked above, and in the right-hand column.  -dh

"A Plethora of Organizations?"

I've heard some say, "These organizations are duplicative!  I can't support them all!"

But this mindset ignores that free enterprise is under attack from a massive and well-organized ​Enviro-Industrial-Governmental Cabal.  

The foundations, political activists and Soros-supported 'not-for-profit' organizations do not suffer from stingy donors.  As we have proved here in numerous instances, they will spend vast sums to 'fundamentally change countries and societies'.

We do sympathize with those with very limited budgets.  To those, we say, "Please consider reordering priorities.  Give to organizations that support you."

Let's ask, "Do organizations we support, support us at the ballot box, at federal hearings, at state legislative committee meetings?"

By using "enlightened self interest" when making charitable contributions and supporting organizational memberships, we might find that the culture of freedom, the principle of 'due process' and the overall protections of a strong "rule of law" will become more and more dominant over the dangerous trend in the world's democracies toward, "rule of man".

And, if we fail, we would at least have fought the good fight!


10th Annual Alaska Oil & Gas Congress, 9-15/18-14, Cathy Giessel, Photo by Dave Harbour, Alaska Senate, Alaska Oil and Gas CongressAnchorage.  The Cogress is Co-Chaired by Hon. Cathy Giessel (Alaska State Senate) and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation CEO, Bill Popp (NGP Photos).  Bill Popp, Photo by Dave Harbour, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Oil and Gas CongressCongress sponsors say, "Proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Alaska Oil and Gas Congress promises to deliver valuable awareness into the progress and challenges around oil and gas development in Alaska."  We believe it is a premier, multi-day, annual energy event in northern, North America--sharing that distinction with the annual Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium in Calgary.  (Your author has chaired both events over the years.  -dh)

2014 Interstate Mining Compact Commission Mid-year Meeting, 10-15/17-14, Washington, DC.  We strongly urge oil & gas representatives to attend and support this meeting since issues affecting federal regulations on mining can and do apply to oil, gas and other natural resource permits.  Here's what sponsors say: "In addition to our regular agenda, as part of this year’s Mid-Year Meeting we are hosting a day of federal and state discussions on October 15. The program will consist of short panel introductions to the agenda topics followed by roundtable discussions. Officials from the U.S. Corps of Engineers (confirmed), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been invited to participate in separate sessions on that day." 

2014 Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Day, 10-18-14, Houston.  This festival puts an educational focus on "all of the above" energy technologies of interest to children and adults alike.  Hosted by CEA President David Holt (NGP Photo), a David Holt, Consumer Energy Alliance, Photo by Dave Harbourfrequent participant in energy events nationwide -- including Alaska -- sponsors say, "The festival hosts nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits teaching students and their families about the various forms of energy, science, technology, efficiency, conservation, and careers in the energy industry. The exciting exhibits and interactions with energy experts help spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Attendees include students, educators, families and business leaders who see a range of exhibits highlighting energy sources and opportunities in the industry. Additionally, more than 75 students are awarded each year for their achievements in STEM-related competitions. Guests are also treated to music and numerous interactive games and displays.

2014 Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 10-19/21-14. Hosted by Phil Bryant, Governor, Mississippi, Photo by Dave Harbourchairman, Governor Phil Bryant (NGP Photo) of Mississippi, sponsors say, "we will explore current issues and operations influencing the U.S. oil and natural gas industry.

"Participants will have the unique opportunity to interact with state regulators, government officials and industry professionals and learn about some prevailing environmentally-sound practices whilst focusing on the expansion of North American energy resources. 

"The 2014 IOGCC Annual Conference is bound to be both informational and enlightening to any individual wanting to learn more about the exploration and production of oil and natural gas."

126th Annual Meeting, 2014 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), 11-16-19, San Colette Honorable, NARUC, Photo by Dave HarbourFrancisco.  State and federal regulatory commissioners confer on many of the leading energy/environmental issues du jour, under leadership of Hon. Colette Honorable (NGP Photo) - NARUC President, Arkansas.  

Canadian Energy and Utility Regulators meet with NARUC commissioners and also convene their own annual meeting in the spring.  The next CAMPUT Annual Conference is scheduled for:  May 10 – 13, 2015, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, Alberta.



9-2-14 Remember When The Alaska Gas Project Would Be 'Largest Construction Project'?

02 September 2014 6:51am

Remember When Alaska Considered 'Gas To Liquids'?

By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A main component of Sasol’s final regulatory hurdle has been cleared.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday approved Sasol wetlands modification permit, allowing the company to disrupt -- and later replace -- wetlands during construction.

Mike Hayes, Sasol’s public affairs manager for U.S. megaprojects, told the American Press on Friday that the permit will also allow Sasol to move ahead with the project's financing.

"This means we can start planning to ask management for our Final Investment Decision," Hayes said. "On the ground, we will be able to begin pre-construction activities, such as site cleaning. We will also start preparing for the construction of the dock from which will we offload our modules." 

US KHATYN, Russia, Sept 1 (Reuters), by Vladimir Soldatkin - President Vladimir Putin on Monday oversaw the start of construction on a giant pipeline that is due to ship $400 billion worth of Russian gas to China in the three decades after flows begin in 2019.

The 4,000 km (2,500 mile) "Power of Siberia" pipeline, being built by state-controlled Gazprom, forms a key part of the Kremlin's energy strategy, symbolising Russia's attempts to wean itself off dependence on European markets that account for most of its exports.

"Just now, we along with our Chinese friends are starting the biggest construction project in the world," Putin told a Chinese delegation, headed by Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and a group of Gazprom workers in Russia's far east.

He said the first gas pipeline between Russia and China: "Will not only allow us to export gas, but to develop gas infrastructure.....  (More)

(Note:  We suspect there will be no permitting delays, no frivolous lawsuits, no enviro-extremist pickets and no regulatory gauntlets.  -dh)

AP, US News, by Johathan Fahey. Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.​

30 places available globally for the Downstream leaders of tomorrow

BP today started its 2015 Future Leaders Programme (FLP), a recruitment campaign which aims to fast-track early career recruits to be the business leaders of the future. The FLP is a highly selective global recruitment and development programme, run by BP for candidates around the world to work in its Refining & Marketing businesses and its Safety & Operational Risk and Information Technology & Services functions.

This year’s programme builds on the success of previous years’ campaigns and aims to attract 30 individuals of the highest calibre to benefit from a bespoke global development programme that lasts a minimum of three years. Participants will benefit from significant mentoring and access to senior BP executives, combined with a real business role and an overseas placement. As a minimum, applicants must have a postgraduate qualification, at least three years’ professional experience, a global outlook and the ambition and potential for senior leadership.



01 September 2014 4:10am

Since it is a holiday and since most vital northern energy issues are taking another day of rest, we bring you links to issues directly and indirectly related to energy...that we normally wouldn't feature due to other priority stories, issues and editorials.  -dh

Public Employee Union Day
A lot has changed for organized labor since Labor Day was federally recognized 120 years ago.

Obama's low-income, community lending shakedown reaches $128 billion 
Bank of America and other institutions get busted for engaging in risky low-income lending, and naturally, their penalty is to engage in even more of it.

It's about the money, not the climate
Taxing energy use means taxing "greenhouse gas" emissions; primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) so that every ton of it added to the atmosphere by a power plant and any other commercial activity becomes a source of income for the nation.

Investors.com: Obama's delusional view of the economy
Is it morning in America?



Public Employee Union Day

By Rick Manning

Labor Day is the traditional last day of summer, often celebrated by final trips to the shore and followed by public pool closings and other signs that the world is battening down the hatches for colder weather.

However what most don't realize is that the day itself was originally created by organized labor to call attention to the contributions of workers.  A public relations stunt designed to provide labor unions a focal point in their never ending battle with management.

A lot has changed for organized labor since Labor Day was federally recognized 120 years ago.

The then burgeoning movement has gained massive political power and influence across the century, only to see it decline precipitously to a point where today only 6.7 percent of the private sector workforce belong to labor unions.  In fact, there are currently more union members who are public employees than in the private sector.

This transition of labor union membership from private sector to public employee dominated has massive implications for the future.

Get full story here.



Obama's low-income, community lending shakedown reaches $128 billion

By Robert Romano

$128 billion and counting.

That is Investor's Business Daily's latest tally of settlements the Obama Justice Department has extracted from the U.S. banking industry in connection with the 2008 financial crisis, as Bank of America agreed to another $17 billion in payouts over losses stemming from its 2009 acquisition of Countrywide.

Included is $5 billion as a penalty paid to the federal government itself, $300 million will be paid to the state of New York, $300 million to California, $200 million to Illinois, $75 million to Maryland, $45 to Delaware, and $23 million to Kentucky,according to the Justice Department.

Another $7 billion will go to debt forgiveness, mortgage principal cramdowns, and, of course, more low-income lending. And then, after four years, whatever is not lent into the financial abyss by Bank of America directly will be given to community organizer groups so they can do it.

You know, the ones that in part contributed to the financial crisis by coercing low-income, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) loans from financial institutions engaged in mergers allowed under the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley financial modernization law.

The groups include the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account, NeighborWorks of America, La Raza, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, Operation Hope, and the Mutual Housing Association of New York, an ACORN off-shoot.

So, Bank of America and other institutions get busted for engaging in risky low-income lending, and naturally, their penalty is to engage in even more of it. Similar settlements have been reached with Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, the Investor's Business Daily editorial notes, with more to come from Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.

This is the same type of stupidity that helped contribute to the mortgage crisis in the first place.

Get full story here.



It's about the money, not the climate

By Alan Caruba

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), the Irish poet and dramatist, wrote "Pray don't talk to me about the weather. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else."

These days, when some world leader or politician speaks of the climate — the weather is what is happening right now wherever you are — they are not talking about sunshine or rain. They are talking about a devilishly obscene way of raising money by claiming that it is humans that are threatening the climate with everything they do, from turning on the lights to driving anywhere.

That's why "global warming" was invented in the late 1980s as an immense threat to the Earth and to mankind. Never mind that Earth has routinely passed through warmer and cooler cycles for billions of years; much of which occurred before mankind emerged. And never mind that the Earth has been a distinct cooling cycle for the past seventeen years and likely to stay in it for a while. If the history of ice ages is any guide, we could literally be on the cusp of a new one.

If, however, a government can tax the use of energy, it stands to make a lot of money. That is why carbon taxes have been introduced in some nations and why the nearly useless "clean energy" options of wind and solar have been introduced even though they both require the backup of traditional coal, natural gas and nuclear energy plants because they cannot produce electricity if the wind isn't blowing and the sun is obscured by clouds.

Get full story here.



ALG Editor's Note: In the following featured editorial from Investor's Business Daily, Obama's delusions of the strength of the U.S. economy abound:

Obama's delusional view of the economy

Economy: In a speech this week, President Obama showed he's just as detached about the economy as he is about foreign affairs, offering an upbeat economic assessment that would make even Pollyanna cringe.

In a single paragraph in his speech to the American Legion on Tuesday, Obama rattled off some of his alleged domestic achievements. More jobs, booming industries, more kids graduating.

Morning in America!

But like most things Obama says that aren't flat untruths, these claims are wildly misleading. For example, the president says his policies rescued the country from what could have been another Great Depression and as a result we're now "stronger at home."

But as IBD pointed out recently, by several measures the economy is worse off than it was when the recovery started back in June 2009. Among them: median household incomes are down, poverty is up, Social Security is weaker, the national debt is far larger.

Get full story here.



31 August 2014 3:54pm

Marsden: Our oil gets a rougher ride than even dirty U.S. coalCalgary Herald.  ... talk about greenhouse gases being a reason to deny twinning of an existingpipeline. ... David Marsden is a member of the Herald editorial board.

8-30-14 Another Labor Day Without Job Producing Keystone XL Pipeline

30 August 2014 1:52pm

This weekend's Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Links:

BuildKXLNow.org: Another Labor Day without Keystone XL
This coming Labor Day Weekend marks the fourth year Union construction workers will not be taking a day off from building the Keystone XL Pipeline to enjoy an end to the summer BBQ. Six years of delays are hurting, not helping, the thousands of people who will see benefits from pipeline construction. Independent and government reviews have exhaustively documented how construction would affect the U.S. economy, especially Union workers in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
The Energy Voice: Big Surprise for Labor Day Gas Prices
The summer season traditionally matches its intensifying outdoor temperatures with escalating gas prices, but not this year. Instead of breaking the bank at the pumps, motorists have been treated to unusually kind gas prices as the travel-heavy Labor Day holiday weekend nears. As of Aug. 25, the average price was $3.43 per gallon, the lowest average since Feb. 26, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Survey. In fact, gas prices have fallen 6.5% since the start of the summer, USA Today said.
Associated Press: Shell Files Revised Arctic Offshore Drilling Plan
Royal Dutch Shell PLC has filed a revised Arctic offshore drilling plan with federal regulators but says the company hasn't decided whether to return to waters off the coast of northwest Alaska in 2015.
The Hill: Landrieu ad highlights Gulf oil drilling fight
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) took credit in an advertisement released Thursday for ending the Obama administration’s Gulf of Mexico oil drilling moratorium that followed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Huffington Post: Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease
In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").
Leader Post: Inter Pipeline thrives outside Keystone spotlight
For Canadian oilsands pipeline companies, operating under the radar pays. Inter Pipeline Ltd. is leading shareholder gains among Canadian peers as it operates within the oilfriendly provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, avoiding the environmental controversies that have dogged projects from larger competitors such as TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL. Pembina Pipeline Corp., with a focus on Western Canada, hit a record high on Wednesday.
Rapid City Journal: Live coverage of Supreme Court hearing on Keystone XL appeal
NET Television will broadcast live the Nebraska Supreme Court’s hearing on the Thompson v. Heineman appeal over the Keystone XL pipeline’s Nebraska routes and Gov. Dave Heineman’s decision to sign legislation permitting the establishment of the route.
The Hill: Obama pushes green standards for everything but kitchen sink
The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps, and many more appliances.
The New York Times: A New American Oil Bonanza
Whenever overseas turmoil has pushed energy prices higher in the past, John and Beth Hughes have curbed their driving by eating at home more and shopping locally. But the current crises in Ukraine and Iraq did not stop them from making the two-hour drive to San Antonio to visit the Alamo, have a chicken fried steak lunch, and buy fish for their tank before driving home to Corpus Christi.
The New York Times: Resurgence in Oil and Gas Sector Spurs Merger Boom
The merger boom in the energy sector shows no signs of slowing. As energy production in the United States rises substantially, pipeline and storage companies will look to expand capacity through acquisitions, industry analysts and investors forecast.
Bloomberg: Sand Means Gold as U.S. Fracking Demand Booms: Chart of the Day
Shares of U.S. companies which supply sand to energy producers are surging in response to the growing use of fracking, or extracting oil and natural gas from shale formations.
Bloomberg: Alaska Lures Back Big Oil With Big Tax Breaks
Alaska’s oil boom times, which have propped up the state for decades, are coming to an end. In the late 1980s the state produced as much as a quarter of all U.S. crude, about 2 million barrels a day. Over the last 15 years, its daily oil production has been cut in half, to just more than 500,000 barrels. And the fracking boom has unlocked shale oil beneath Texas and North Dakota that is more profitable to extract. Rising oil prices have so far made up for Alaska’s declining production, but for a state whose budget relies on oil profits for 90 percent of its revenue, the picture is starting to look troublesome.
USA Today: Rail deliveries of U.S. oil continue to surge
Amid a boom in U.S. oil production, the amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by rail continues to climb. There were 459,550 carloads of oil and petroleum products transported during the first seven months of this year, up 9% from the same period in 2013, according to the Association of American Railroads.
Associated Press: Oil industry treats fracking foes differently in Texas, Colorado
A fight over fracking is looming in Texas. Another stand-off is shaping up in Colorado. Yet drillers’ reactions couldn’t be more different. In Texas, drillers are doing their, noisy in-your-face fracking as usual. On a small farm about an hour from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the oil industry is giving fracking a makeover, cutting back on rumbling trucks and tamping down on pollution.
Los Angeles Times: Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume
The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous.
SFGate: Fracking may endanger groundwater in California
Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday.
Associated Press: Lafayette's fracking ban tossed
Colorado's oil and gas industry has again won another court battle against a town that banned or limited fracking. A Boulder District Court judge on Wednesday tossed out a voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette.
Colorado Independent: Gas patch resident fracking concerns not going away any time soon
Coloradans living in the northern Front Range gas patch are moving forward with the movement to wrest greater control over drilling in their cities and towns, despite recent events.
The first week of August, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper pulled a rabbit out of a hat when he persuaded the main parties engaged in a heated, expensive battle over oil-and-gas drilling regulation to agree to an effective truce so that a task force could study the issue and then make recommendations to the legislature next year.
Associated Press: Illinois Department of Natural Resources set to release hydraulic fracturing rules Friday
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is expected to release proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling to a legislative panel. Department officials say that rules to implement the state's year-old hydraulic fracturing law will be submitted to the Illinois Legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Friday.
Reno Gazette- Journal: State regulators allow fracking to start in Nevada
Fracking can move forward across Nevada after new regulations guiding the controversial activity were approved Thursday by state officials. Meeting in Elko, the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources unanimously OK’d rules addressing the practice of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas.
The Times-Tribune: $90 billion left in Marcellus Shale, analyst says
About $90 billion of value remains in the Marcellus Shale, according to international energy, mining and metals analytical firm Wood Mackenzie. That estimate factors in the potential revenue from marketing the gas, minus development costs. The Houston-based firm expects the top 20 operators in the Marcellus to drill 25,000 wells through 2035.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Washington County's economy more than just Marcellus Shale
In terms of business opportunity, Washington County has more to offer than Marcellus Shale. That was the chief takeaway from the 45th installment of the Corridors of Opportunity series, a Pittsburgh Business Times event focusing on regions of the local economy.
Fuel Fix: Hearing to discuss Mexico’s energy impact on Texas
An energy boom is brewing across the border, and a joint legislative hearing in September will talk about the potential impact on the Rio Grande Valley. A joint hearing of the Texas House Energy Resources Committee and the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will be held Sept. 26 in Edinburg.
UPI: Texas reviews seismic link to fracking
A Texas energy regulator said it was reviewing industry practices for hydraulic fracturing brought into question after a series of seismic events in the state.
Express News: Flaring: the dark side of the oil boom
The flaring of natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale makes for spectacular images. And it is slowly killing Texas and the world. The state clearly needs to begin offering more than the illusion of regulation. This is the biggest take-away from the exhaustively reported four-part series, “Up In Flames,” in the Express-News by Jennifer Hiller and John Tedesco. The series began last Sunday.
Renewablesbiz: Industry group say EPA plan would cut jobs, raise power prices
The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and other business representatives on Wednesday said proposed revisions to federal air pollution regulations could cost Kentucky billions of dollars and put tens of thousands of jobs at risk. "Many in the nation and especially here in Kentucky believe they would have a damaging effect on our industrial base and our coal-fired power plant base," Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider, who facilitated a statewide news media conference call, said.
The Dispatch: Feds Look To Allay Seismic Air Gun Testing Fears
With the federal government inching closer to green-lighting the use of seismic air gun testing for natural gas and oil off the mid-Atlantic coast including Ocean City, the agency that would regulate the activity last week issued a statement attempting to clear up some of the myths associated with the potential dangers.


8-29-14 NYT Reports On Alaska Tax Referendum

29 August 2014 5:15am

NYT by Kirk Johnson.  SEATTLE — A hard-fought ballot referendum that would have overturned Alaska’s system of taxing oil industry profits, put to voters last week but until now considered too close to call, has failed by a narrow margin, with absentee ballots counted this week nailing down the outcome.

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