Online game depicting pipeline bombing sparks controversy - CBC - CBC.ca. Saturday, March 23, 2013 ... bombing sparks controversy. Ontario's premier is looking into an online game that shows the bombing of a gas pipeline.
Fairbanks News Miner. The House Resources Committee is ready to dig into a proposed overhaul of Alaska's oil tax structure. The Senate passed SB21, 11-9, late Wednesday but reconsideration notice was served, meaning it could face a vote again before moving on. A new vote Thursday had the same result.
We thank a number of NGP readers along with interested students and other citizens for attending a special forum last night at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, "The Taxes In Our Future".
This morning, Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources, Dan Sullivan (NGP Photo), briefed the State Senate In-State Energy Committee on gas pipeline project progress. (See Video)
Sullivan focused on the major Alaska north slope (ANS) gas commercialization project, the forward movement of the Point Thomson project (i.e. accessing about a quarter of the ANS gas reserves), and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. He said that the goal of his presentation was to update senators on these projects and how they related to each other and to the Governor's proposal for moving Liquefied Natural Gas (i.e. LNG) from the ANS to Interior Alaska.
Sullivan pointed out that the worldwide LNG market is highly competitive and that in his presentaitons to companies and country representatives he stressed Alaska's advantages and the disadvantages of competing LNG export areas. For example, he noted that unresolved First Nations issues posed obstacles to energy pipeline and export projects in Canada. (First Nations say they will fight oilsands, pipeline). -dh
We hope our Anchorage readers will attend a tax panel presentation tonight at the University of Alaska:"The Taxes of Our Future". -dh *** First Nations say they will fight Oilsands, pipeline
Juneau Empire/AP by Becky Bohrer. The long-awaited debate on the dominant issue this legislative session — overhauling Alaska’s oil tax structure — could finally begin on the Senate floor Wednesday, with majority leaders indicating they have the votes to pass the bill. (Here is our testimony on this subject to the Senate Resources Committee, given on February 20, 2013.)
We received several responses to our email alert editorial yesterday. We do not activate our Blog 'comment' function often because spammers then swoop in to add irrevelant information and we don't want to take the time to be constantly cleaning up the spam. However, we do love to hear from readers and receive feedback from throughout North America daily. We only print comments with your approval. Here goes:
1. Bill Hopkins. "Damned good editorial, Dave! Hope it is read read by those who need the lecture."
2. Robert Crook. "Thanks, Dave, for the timely insight into Alaska’s O&G business. Let’s face it, we ARE a hydrocarbons-driven country. There’s hardly anything in this country not made from an oil and gas product or an agricultural product. Most folks still think toilet paper is made from trees! 99.99% ... comes from post-consumer recycled paper products.
Look at a typical car/truck in America. It is made of (1) petroleum by-products (2) mining products (3) or ag products (like cloth seats or rubber tires). Other factoids…
Salt comes from mining
The list goes on and on…
Petroleum products are too numerous to mention, but you might want to make a list for your next publication. If the average, “American Idol / Dancing with the Stars, NASCAR, hockey puckster” knew where all our ‘stuff’ comes from, they may take a different approach. Of course, we could go back to cave dwelling, and rubbing two sticks together.
To Robert's observation we might note that without mining, oil and gas, the major components of wind, wave and geothermal generators and solar cells would be missing. And, as we look around our homes and offices, we note that everything in our view came by trucks whose components and fuel are dependent on fossil fuel. Then, there is air travel, train and ship freight, telecommunications and health care. Yes, we are an energy driven society and to regulate or tax the heck out of fossil fuel exploration and production is to contribute to the weakening of our culture, way of life and future. -dh
Commentary: This Week, Alaska State Senator Peter Micciche Called on Colleagues to Remember Alaskan History ....
Wednesday marked the 32nd anniversary of a historical press conference, as we have reported herein, throughout the years. The Governor, Senate President, House Speaker and a large bipartisan group of legislators gathered together this week in 1981 to announce agreement on the state's 'fair share' of oil revenue flowing from state lands. Note that this occurred after a decade of annual tax increases.
We believe Senator Micciche may be the first public official after that historic day to have picked up on the significance of the gathering. From that day forward, the state had achieved a predictable tax climate and oil industry investments multiplied. The result was production of what became twice the original proven reserves at Prudhoe Bay (9.6 billion barrels of oil). That is...until politicians began tinkering with the 'production tax' a decade ago (i.e. in return for investment climate 'certanty' which they never received in return).
Here is a link to the video of Micciche's floor speech (Go to 69:30-75:40), thanks to his Chief of Staff, Larry Semmens. Here is a transcript of the floor speech. We also obtained the transcript of that 1981 press conference prepared by Senate Majority Press Secretary, Carolyn Kuckertz, from the audio that we put online several years ago.
As he concluded his floor speech, Micciche said, "...I hope we all put Alaskans first and partisanship and parochialism second. ... I just ask that we recognize the wishes of those great and diverse Alaskans that came together over thirty years ago on this very day to discuss their definition of a fair share for Alaskans." -dh
ALASKA OUTDOORD SUPERSITE: The Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline/ASAP Project
I happened to see a presentation on this today at one of the local Chambers of Commerce. It was very interesting and kinda sad. It was stated that even with all the energy Alaska has, because it's not readily available to its citizens that Alaska is equal to third world countries with development and available resources by 2015. People cannot afford housing and utilities and it's getting worse. Because of this the economy could be declining because the next generations cannot afford to live here.
At the presentation there was lists of chambers of commences, cities and companies that supported it.
I kept in the back of my mind that the person doing this presentation works for it and of course is going to make it sound like it’s the best thing since sliced bread. But I am curious about the opinions of people here. So far from what I have studied it looks like a good thing. I wanted to get some opinions before I do this.
Today's links, courtesy: Consumer Energy Alliance:
Harper Tanker Safety Plan Changes Nothing in Pipeline Debate - Huffington Post Canada. When Kinder Morgan bought the Trans Mountain pipeline in 2005 there were ...
Alaska Tax Forum tomorrow night in Anchorage sponsored by Political Science Association Alaska and Alaska College Republicans: "The Taxes of Our Future". Please come and support Alaska's/America's future leaders. Speakers include Dr. Scott Goldsmith (NGP Photo), Dr. Forrest Nabors, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Halcro and Northern Gas Pipelines publisher, Dave Harbour. (Program Details)
From Governor Sean Parnell's Office:
|Juneau Empire/AP, by Becky Bohrer. Both sides are ratcheting up the rhetoric on oil taxes ahead of this week’s expected vote in the Alaska Senate.|
Until next time,
Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo)
Houston Chronicle/AP by Becky Bohrer. This could be a pivotal week in the debate over changing Alaska's oil tax structure, with all eyes on the Senate and whether a plan crafted late last week can garner enough votes to pass. Here are three things to watch for this week: