|Alaska Support Industry Alliance Annual Meeting Keynote Speech: Helvi Sandvik (coming on 10-16-13....)|
Alaska Dispatch by Alex DeMarban. An impoverished group of Northwest Alaska villages whose residents hunt walrus and seals to survive have banded together to form a corporation to capitalize on an economic boom on the U.S. side of the Arctic, should that day ever come. ... The group's efforts will bear their first fruit early next week. Royal Dutch Shell agreed to sponsor a hazardous materials training workshop in Wales for 12 to 24 residents living in that village at the tip of the Bering Strait....
Calgary Herald by Dan Healing. A growing market in Mexico for U.S. natural gas will help bleed off the glut of shale gas that has ruined North American gas prices, according to a market update Tuesday from FirstEnergy Capital.
Houston Readers: Next Saturday, October 19, Consumer Energy Alliance and the University of Houston will conduct another Energy Day.
Free Family Festival with food, games and events along with fascinating exhibits dealing with science, energy, technology, innovation and conservation.
Where and When: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hermann Square, City Hall, 900 Smith Street, Houston! www.energydayfestival.org. -dh
CBC News. Dozens of people showed up to a TransCanada public consultation on its pipeline proposal in Stittsville on Thursday evening.
Energy Daily. Extracting shale oil and gas reserves through controversial 'fracking' will in future require an environmental impact study, European lawmakers agreed Wednesday, despite opposition this will add to costs and hurt jobs.
Huffington Post by Joe McDonald. China passed the United States in September as the world's biggest net oil importer, driven by faster economic growth and strong auto sales, according to U.S. government data released this week.
From our friend at the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, Robert Dillon, (NGP Photo) we have this observation on the President's recent statements about energy:
We noted with interest President Obama’s statements about energy during the press conference he held (October 8, 2013) at the White House. After hailing the United States’ imminent overtaking of Russia as the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer something we should all be proud of he couldn’t resist taking several needless partisan jabs.
Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing entitled “EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy.”
Alaska's Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources, Ed Fogels (NGP Photo) testified that, "When federal agencies, such as the EPA, seek to expand their mining regulation they are often duplicating existing, well‐functioning programs."
Said the president: “You know, the Republicans say they¹re very concerned about drilling. They say Obama’s been restricting oil production, despite the fact that oil production is at its highest levels it has been in years and is continuing to zoom up. But they say, you know, the Democrats are holding back oil production in this country. Well, you know, one of the things that happens when the government's shut down is new drilling permits aren¹t processed. So why would the Republicans say to the folks who are interested in drilling for oil, sorry, we can¹t let those things be processed until we have some negotiations and we have some cover to do what we're supposed to be doing anyway? That doesn’t make sense.”
The president yet again implying that he¹s responsible for rising domestic production? The president attempting to shift blame away from his party, and onto Republicans, for somehow “holding back” production? As you might imagine, we have some issues with those claims.
The Boom Is Not Federal. We’ve been over this again and again: according to just about everyone except the president, the dramatic increase in American oil and natural gas production has not occurred on federal lands. Instead, it has taken place almost exclusively on state and private lands where the president has no influence. In fact, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, “All of the increase from FY2007 to FY2012 took place on non-federal lands, and the federal share of total U.S. crude oil production fell by about seven percentage points.” Per that same report, both oil and natural gas production on federal lands actually fell yes, fell in both 2011 and 2012. So it’s not hard to understand why we assert that President Obama is “holding back” production: that is exactly what he has done.
The Shutdown Isn’t the Problem (Yet). Forgive us for thinking it slightly insincere of the president to suddenly claim concern about federal oil and natural gas permitting. We simply cannot reconcile how a nine-day-and-counting government shutdown compares to a nearly five-year-and-counting government slowdown in granting permission for producers to proceed. There is no question that federal permitting is slow and becoming more onerous as a result of this administration’s policies. Consider this: it took approximately 228 days for the average Application for Permit to Drill (APD) to be completed for federal BLM lands in Fiscal Year 2012 compared to just 10 days for a similar permit from the state of North Dakota. And if you live in a place like Alaska, where zero drilling is currently allowed on federal lands, we could hardly blame you for thinking that the “shutdown” in permitting actually began right around January 20, 2009.
There are Valid Reasons to be Concerned. State and private production has been an incredible success story and a most welcome bright spot in our nation’s struggling economy. But when federal lands don’t keep pace and production actually falls, as has happened each of the past two years that means we are missing out on huge opportunities. Less federal production means fewer jobs and a prolonged dependence on foreign oil. Since supply does matter to prices, it also means higher and more volatile prices for families and businesses. In the midst of a shutdown with a federal government that has again reached its debt limit, we would be remiss not to point out that federal production can yield tens of billions of dollars for the federal Treasury in the years ahead. Given where we are today, that seems like a pretty good idea. But as we work to increase federal energy production, let’s not confuse the current short-term stoppage with a much longer-term problem.
For more on the level of oil and gas production on federal lands, see the EIA report.
Robert Dillon | Communications Director
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
(202) 224 6977 office, (202) 285 6783 mobile
Area Development. “This is a step forward for the Alaska LNG project and shows continued progress toward building Alaska’s energy future,” said Steve Butt, Senior Project Manager. “The work that we have put into the site selection process gives us confidence that the Nikiski site is the lead location for the LNG plant and terminal. The Nikiski site also results in a pipeline route that provides an access opportunity to North Slope natural gas by the major population centers in Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.” ...
News Miner, by Matt Buxton. Ray Latchem, the president of Spectrum LNG, LLC, outlined what he says is a more economically viable North Slope natural gas processing facility than the state’s project to a luncheon hosted by the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday.
ESA Working Group Hears from Participants from Across the Nation on the Need to Improve and Update the Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group, led by Representatives Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large), today held a forum entitled “Reviewing 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act and Seeking Improvement for People and Species.” The forum featured 17 panelists, representing diverse groups and interests from across the country who discussed ways in which the Endangered Species Act could be strengthened and improved to better serve the needs of both species and people. Participants specifically highlighted the need to empower states, local governments, and private landowners to conserve species and avoid federal listings, the need for balance within the law, the importance of transparent data and science and the need to prevent the ESA from being used as a tool for lawsuits and closed-door settlements with litigious groups.
ADN by Frank Gerjevic. Everyone applauded this week when the major North Slope petroleum producers and TransCanada said they'd settled on Nikiski as the Southcentral Alaska site for a gas pipeline terminus and natural gas liquefaction plant. ... Another reason is that we've seen so many milestones now on the road to the next milestone that you begin to wonder if the road does go on forever. Well, good for Nikiski. But I wouldn't make book on the line yet.
|(See our 10-4-13 story), "...in answer to a question dealing with final terminus of the pipeline and siting for an LNG export plant, she said that "over twenty sites have been evaluated and prioritized but it is premature to announce the location of the site at this point."|
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Tim
Bradner (NGP Photo of Bradner at Nikiski LNG Site, 2001). North Slope producers and TransCanada Corp. have selected a site at Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula as the proposed terminus for a 42-inch North Slope gas pipeline and a large liquefied natural gas project.
Nikiski is also the location of a smaller liquefied natural gas plant owned by ConocoPhillips that suspended operations when its export license expired in 2012 because of lack of gas supplies from Cook Inlet fields.
North Slope producers ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada, a pipeline company, selected Nikiski as the preferred site after evaluating 20 possible locations, the companies announced in a press released issued Monday.
|Bradenton Herald/AP. The companies seeking to advance a multibillion dollar natural gas pipelineproject in Alaska have a leading contender for the terminal site where gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia, signaling that a decades-old dream could become a reality even though major hurdles remain.|
Although numerous sites were being studied, Nikiski and Valdez were considered the lead contenders for the LNG plant....
Calgary Herald, by Jason Feteke. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to issue a final decision in early 2014 on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project Prime Minister Stephen Harper once said is a “no-brainer” for the U.S.
Wall Street Journal by Stephen Moore. Many Westerners suspect that this environmental activism isn't only or even mostly about saving species and obscure subspecies. Instead, it is about restricting land use on hundreds of thousands of acres of private and state land. The concern is that if these species are listed as endangered, their habitat could be placed off limits for economic development.