Journal of Commerce by Tim Bradner. Step by step, the Alaska LNG Project is moving forward. The project made a big advance Sept. 5 with its application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin a pre-filing process for the project.
Earlier this summer an application was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy for a license to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG. Pre-Front End Engineering and Design work, or pre-FEED, which will cost about half a billion dollars, also got underway this summer.
Instead of Mackenzie Delta natural gas flowing south, as had been the NWT/Yukon/Alberta dream for 40 years, Oil Sands bitumen flowing north may be one of the answers to Arctic Canada's economic challenges. -dh
CBC. Sending oilsands bitumen north through N.W.T. to a port in the Arctic is feasible, according to a study commissioned last year by Alberta.
Dubbed the Arctic Gateway Pipeline, the proposed link would ship bitumen along the Mackenzie Valley to a port in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.
It says shipping of bitumen through Tuktoyaktuk could start as early as next summer, using freight trains to Hay River, N.W.T., then barges the rest of the way down the Mackenzie River and on to Tuktoyaktuk.
N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod (NGP Photo) said he is happy with the study's findings.
"The report lays out a number of options," he said. "We can start on a smaller scale, and eventually advance to where the report indicates the best option is a pipeline to the coast."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP PHOTO) delivered the following opening statement at today’s Full Committee oversight hearing entitled “Oversight of the Office of Inspector General and its Ongoing Failure to Comply with a Subpoena for Documents about a Recent Investigation."
“There are long-held concerns about the integrity and independence of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspect General under the leadership of Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall. A Committee report released last year highlighted several examples of mismanagement and there are ongoing issues that continue to undermine the credibility of the OIG’s work.
The OIG is supposed to serve as an independent watchdog over the Department and report findings to Congress. Instead, Ms. Kendall has established an accommodating and deferential relationship between the OIG and the Department, hindering the OIG’s ability to conduct impartial, independent work.
The OIG is currently in violation of a congressional subpoena for an unredacted copy of their report and documents on the Department’s rewrite of the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule. Their report exposed mismanagement of the rulemaking process and significant on-going problems. More....
Hastings: Admin’s Response to Oversight Requests Shameful . “Either the Administration is incompetent or it is going out of its way to expend time and money to withhold information from Congress”
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2014 - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) delivered the following opening statement at today’s Full Committee oversight hearing entitled “The Status of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Responses to Committee Subpoenas and the Continued Lack of Transparency about Its Implementation and Enforcement of American Wildlife Laws, and Oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office.”
Comment: There are many ways we can lose our freedom. Yesterday, we discussed the relationship between the November elections, freedom of speech and the freedom to produce natural resource wealth under a reliable, predictable 'rule of law'. And, we documented how one political party in Washington seeks to stay in power by diminishing the rule of law. Early this morning, after additional research, we added this epilog that our readers might find personally and professionally interesting. It is a reminder from a great poet, philosopher and playwright to not forget past tragedy. -dh
The Drilldown: Prentice's new national voice on pipelines
iPolitics.ca (subscription). Premier-designate Jim Prentice speaks to media before meeting Alberta ... which he has argued are critical to more oil and gas leaving the ground.
Found! Lost ship from Sir John Franklin's doomed Arctic expedition near King William Island....
This Senate Race Is All About Energy!
Yesterday, we found where the Wall Street Journal recently focused on the Mark Begich (NGP Photo-L) - Dan Sullivan (NGP Photo-R) U.S. Senate race.
We mention that race here, because its outcome will affect energy policy in Alaska--and elsewhere. In recent years, the U.S. Senate has consistently failed to improve federal energy policies affecting Alaska, including those involving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska; and mal-administration of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act. At the same time, Senator Begich has run and served partly on his desire, according to an AP writer, to, "...be an independent voice against President Barack Obama." (Additional link)
|The Alaska Support Industry Alliance’s Board of Directors has voted to endorse Dan Sullivan’s campaign for US Senate against incumbent US Senator Mark Begich. “As a board, we believe this election and the make-up of the United States Senate are critical to resource development in Alaska,” said Board President Dave Lawer (NGP Photo).|
Democrat senators have supported Senate leader Harry Reid's failure to act on responsible, natural resource legislation passed by the U.S. House of representatives. Some of that legislation could have benefited Alaska. He has even failed to act on Legislation passed by his own Senate Energy Committee.
We therefore conclude, sadly, that if our readers wish to have Alaska's job potential, economy and natural resources locked up for at least a generation to come, they should support Senator Mark Begich and his colleagues also running for reelection. It is this group that, in supporting Leader Reed's failure to let responsible legislation be addressed, is also supporting President Obama's position in support of radical environmental activism (Also see this, and this and this).
We find it interesting that in recent campaign emails (i.e. Subject Kochs: "Next up, Alaska"), the Begich machine is criticizing the Koch Brothers for exercising their right of free speech, while using the 'Act Blue' organization of 'outside-Alaska', sophisticated, progressive, political operatives to raise money. We wish candidates would, like Sullivan, stick closer to the issues so critical to Alaska and to all of America's citizens. -dh
If our readers wish to have the rule of law upheld in Alaska and elsewhere, see laws reasonably enforced and interpreted, and see the federal government begin to respect Alaska's statehood compact (i.e. depending as it does on natural resource development), they will likely tend to vote for former Attorney General Dan Sullivan.
As our citizens vote for a Senate candidate in the November General Election, so will their children be rewarded with the results--one way or the other.
Alaska's vote will also affect the Nation, whose prosperity and security is in such large measure also based on wealth-producing natural resources...and Alaska's enormous, natural resource potential in particular.
Epilog: This month, Senate democrats seek to muster enough of their colleagues and a few errant republicans to corrupt the United States Constitution's free speech guarantee. If they were to be successful, the rule of law moves from the 'endangered' category, to 'extinct'. A free natural resource industry cannot survive in the absence of free speech and must become nationalized to survive -- which may be a major goal of this Harry Reid, Senate Democrat majority. To our other comments we add, "If you wish to see politicians empowered to censor political speech (i.e. including our opinions about energy), you must vote for Mark Begich. If you wish to defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights as written, you must vote for Dan Sullivan in the upcoming, November election." -dh 9-10-14
(Please note that we would be pleased to publish responsible, reader comments sent to us here. Our goal is accuracy. We always appreciate having facts corrected. Our commentary is subjective, however, and we're happy to provide opposing and supporting views. -dh)
Some years ago your author played the Prince, in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Today's epilog (i.e. right column) reminds me of those nights on stage, when after great tragedy had befallen us, the Prince urges his people to not forget. Below is my sad epilog, parenthetical comments added.
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) reacts to FERC progress toward Alaska LNG export project and TODAY'S Japan-Alaska Memorandum of Cooperation (i.e. two-year, renewable, non-binding understanding between governments ... Read full statement, with link to actual Memorandum).
|Business News Network. Are Canadian LNG Export Projects Facing An Uphill Battle With Competition?|
(Reuters) - Japan's trade ministry and Alaska's Department of Natural Resources on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to help Japan procure low-cost and stable supplies of liquefied natural gas(LNG), a government official said. (Other links: Platts, O&G Journal, US Energy Information Administration)
As Energy East application nears, communities weigh risks, benefits of pipeline
CALGARY - For the mayor of North Bay, Ont., it's all about protecting the city's ... Roughly two thirds of it would make use of underused natural gas pipe ...
NIKKEI JAPAN REVIEW -- Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will assist domestic businesses in importing natural gas produced in Alaska, hoping to secure a relatively low-priced fuel from a region not susceptible to geopolitical risks.
Global energy producers, including Exxon Mobil and BP, are pursuing a natural gas project in northern Alaska, with a goal of starting production in 2023-24.
The ministry will sign a memorandum of understanding with Alaska's energy authority on Monday to ensure Japanese electricity and gas utilities can obtain favorable terms, including prices and reselling rules, in importing output from the project.
TODAY'S NEWS LINKS FROM: Office of the Alaska Gas Pipeline Federal Inspector.
Governor Welcomes More Progress on Alaska LNG Project
September 8, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today welcomed news that the Alaska LNG Project reached another milestone with its formal request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin the pre-file process for the natural gas project. In doing so, the project triggers FERC’s National Environmental Policy Act permitting process.
Governor Parnell also announced today the State of Alaska and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (Link Here) regarding the Alaska LNG Project and other natural resource development opportunities in Alaska.
“This agreement is yet another key milestone in the State’s rapid advancement of the commercialization of our world-class North Slope natural gas resources – to Alaskans first and then to markets beyond,” said Governor Parnell, noting that Japan is the world’s largest importer of LNG.
Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash and METI Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Commissioner Takayuki Ueda signed the agreement on Sept. 8 in Tokyo.
“It is an extremely positive development that the government agency that sets Japan’s energy policy and works closely with Japan’s utility market has taken a strong interest in the Alaska LNG Project and the State’s overall natural resources portfolio,” Balash said.
The Alaska LNG Project is a consortium of the three major North Slope producers, pipeline builder TransCanada Corp., and the State of Alaska.
The project formally entered the Pre-Front End Engineering and Design (Pre-FEED) stage in July, during which the Alaska LNG Project is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on design and engineering and creating hundreds of jobs. Also during this stage, the producers and the State are beginning to engage the LNG sales market. In August Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz exempted the project from a rule that has slowed the approvals for Lower 48 LNG export projects.
The memorandum with METI is part of the State’s ongoing efforts to engage the LNG markets in Asia, and it builds upon an existing agreement the State signed with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in January. JBIC is a public financial institution that plays a critical role in financing and securing Japan’s LNG imports.
National Post by Jen Gerson. Jim Prentice (NGP Photo) has been declared premier-designate of Alberta.
After a three-month leadership campaign that ended with weeks of leaks, accusations, and attack ads, the former federal cabinet minister has won the province’s top seat with a record low turnout for a leadership race in a party that has held power in the province for 43 consecutive years.
Prentice won with 77% of the vote.
“I think the party is well-positioned for the future,” said interim premier Dave Hancock. “And the leadership going forward.... (More....)