Alaskans should go down to the Dena'ina in Anchorage this morning from 8 a.m.- noon.
ALERT - ALERT - ALERT: CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE! 26 August 2010 6:09am
Your author is leaving now for the BOEM meeting, more fully discussed below in the previous page posts.
Come on down!
1. Alaskans should go down to the Dena'ina in Anchorage this morning from 8 a.m.- noon. Here's all the information you'll need. While the public cannot testify, everyone can fill out 'comment cards'.
2. We admire that Governor Sean Parnell will have Commissioner Larry Hartig represent him on Panel III (click link above for information), that Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan obtained a spot on the Panel, that Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich will testify.
3. We are amazed that the organizers refused to allow Alaska Legislators to participate and compliment Representative Craig Johnson (NGP Photo) on his letter. We appreciate that Alaska State Senate President Gary Stevens and House Speaker Mike Chenault have encouraged Legislators to be involved.
4. We respect the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Support Industry Alliance and Resource Development Council for Alaska for defending Alaska's free enterprise system and urging member participation.
5. We also respect the various Anchorage talk show hosts for drawing attention to the event. This discussion by Dave Stieren and Jeff Jones pretty well summarizes the issues at stake (move to minute 35, Dave Stieren Show, Hour 2. This link may be downloaded until this evening).
ALERT - ALERT - ALERT: SUPPORT ALASKA OCS NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE! 25 August 2010 12:27pm
ALERT-ALERT-ALERT-ALERT Tomorrow one Interior Department bureaucrat with less than a week's notice will meet here to decide on the future of Alaska's OCS program. OCS success or failure will impact the future of the existing Trans Alaska pipeline and future gas pipeline projects. Those energy lifelines provide life support to Alaska's Economy...down to the last teacher, laborer or health clinic technician. Do you care? Every member of Alaska's Legislature, every news media person should be there. Outside yesterday's Primary Election, nothing more important to Alaska's future (or more newsworthy) will likely occur until the November elections. Be at the Dena'ina in Anchorage from 8 a.m.- noon. Here's all the information you'll need. Dave 907-227-7110 P.S. A great friend of Northern Gas Pipelines writes:
"Somehow the meeting on Thursday calls to mind that famous scene from Oliver Twist when a starving Oliver asks the manager of the work house, "Please sir, May I have some more?" Oliver received a caning for his impudence, I wonder what the DC bureaucrats will do to the sovereign people of Alaska.
It is indeed shameful that most elected officials are such sniveling wimps in the face of unaccountable bureaucratic authority."
Victor John Yannacone, jr., Attorney
A Federal Bureaucrat On Thursday Will Determine the Future of Alaska 24 August 2010 8:57am
A Federal Bureaucrat On Thursday Will Determine the Future of Alaska Submitted To The Alaska Standard, August 24, 2010
By Dave Harbour, NGP Publisher (Photo) Remember the name: "Michael R. Bromwich", Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM), Department of the Interior Bromwich will play a key role in determining Alaska's future at a meeting Thursday in Anchorage. Alaska's elected and appointed leaders, news media, and our citizens should show up en masse as if the State's survival depended on them. Why? Let's connect the dots. First dot. One third of our entire economy and nearly 90% of the state operating budget is based on North Slope oil. Second dot. North Slope oil throughput in the Trans Alaska Pipeline is down 2/3. Declining at a 6% annual rate, the pipeline could be inoperable within 5-6 years. Third dot. If North Slope oil becomes stranded, the economics of a gas pipeline will be jeopardized. Scores or up to hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost; we're potentially facing a 'pre-pipeline population' that will be feeding off the carcass of a dwindling Permanent Fund. Fourth dot. 1) ANWR, 2) NPR-A, 3) OCS and/or 4) a big new oil/gas discovery on state land could help fill the oil pipeline, provide more economic support for a gas pipeline and sustain Alaska's prosperity. Fifth dot. The FEDS are making 1) ANWR and 2) NPR-A development less likely. We hear of not much new oil and gas investment being risked on 4) state lands. That leaves 3) OCS, where companies have spent over $3 billion to obtain federal leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas and meet every permitting requirement. The University of Alaska Anchorage's Institute of Social and Economic Research has revealed that OCS development could infuse our economy with 35,000 jobs per year. The oil thought to exist there rivals the Prudhoe Bay reserves and Senators Begich and Murkowski have both introduced legislation that would require the Feds to share revenue with Alaska as the law requires them to do with adjacent states in the Gulf of Mexico OCS region. Sixth dot. Last week the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) announced its Anchorage meeting will occur in the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center this Thursday at 8 a.m. BOEM Director Michael R. Bromwich will preside. Back on June 23, Bromwich sat with Secretary Salazar before the Senate Appropriations Committee wherein Senator Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) peppered the Secretary with Questions. That questioning revealed that while the Secretary's moratorium on oil and gas activity only applied to certain Lower 48 drilling activity below 500', the agency had put Alaska's OCS 'on pause' (i.e. not a legal term) to look at oil spill response issues. Pushing that so-called pause button resulted in cancellation of this summer's exciting exploration program. Even though Alaskan OCS exploration involves depths of about 150', Murkowski's questioning forced the Secretary to finally admit later in the meeting that, "The moratorium that is in place does in fact apply to Alaska." No public notice. No public meetings. Just an embarrassing admission. Just one man saying he was -- by personal fiat -- attaching a moratorium to Alaska OCS as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill when no relationship to the Gulf Oil Spill exists. Next, will the Federal Government announce that it is grounding all airline flights in Alaska because a crop duster crashed on the Iowa State Fair? The lack of clarity is astounding for a public agency. As a former regulator I am appalled at this affront to the rule of law and to the right of due process. Six hundred Alaskan OCS jobs that could have been contributing to America's economic recovery this summer have been hijacked with insufficient explanation. The leadership of the Department of Interior and BOEM have given no clarity, no assurance that they won't continue to obstruct OCS development next year. Alaska's social, economic, educational, political and subsistence future is in jeopardy-for these lifestyle values are all supported by declining production of natural resources. Seventh dot. If a battalion of environmental activists shows up Thursday in Walrus, Bear and Seagull suits and normal citizens stay home, the impression could be that, "Alaska doesn't want/need OCS". So, the seventh dot is participation. That participation dot is connected to all the other dots contributing to the economic survival of Alaska. Final comment: I've tried to testify at all of the Federal hearings and chime in as a citizen, father, retired regulator. I've appreciated the participation of Anchorage's Mayor, our Governor and a few legislators. But almost all of these forum facilitators ask, "Are there any public officials that would like to speak?" It has been surprising to see how few participate from critical categories: Legislators, Assembly Members, Mayors, entitlement program beneficiaries, news media employers and non-profits depending on oil and gas grants and operating funds. I am amazed at how few oil and gas company employees show up as private citizens. Hundreds should show up. One reason for a poor turnout Thursday could be the conscious strategy of Bromwich. His Website didn't even announce the time and location of the Anchorage meeting until late last week. Elected officials wishing to participate in the third 'Elected Official Panel' could call Pat Pourchot (NGP Photo), a long-time Alaskan who is Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska Affairs: 907-271-5485. Ask him how elected officials may participate, if at all. The official BOEM 'comment card' for next Thursday's meeting asks commentors to check off what category they belong to. Categories include: "Oil and Gas Industry, Renewable Energies Industry, Environmental/Natural Resources/Conservation, Science/research, State Government, Local Government, Alaska Native, American Indian, Private Citizen". When you review public reports of such comments, you might be surprised at the poor turnout in many categories. I guarantee you, there will be a big volume of comments in the Environmental category. And that, my friends, will provide a legal record upon which BOEM can justify its decision making to deprive Alaska of its economic future. It will be interesting to see how many of our State's leaders participate. Will candidates who win and lose in today's Primary Election still feel motivated to participate Thursday, to represent our state's rights to Bromwich? Come. 8 a.m. Thursday. Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. Fill out a comment card and participate as if your job, kids, nation and state depended on it. They do. Call to Action: Thursday in Anchorage - Is Mackenzie off or on? - Governor Candidates Debate Gas and Tax 23 August 2010 9:24am
National Post, by Don Martin. If the weather is clear next week, possibly on the very day Prime Minister Stephen Harper drops in for a visit, whale hunters in this economically depressed Arctic Ocean outpost could watch their former and future prosperity being towed to Alaska. The last drilling rig in Canada's Beaufort Sea is on the move, to a standby position in U.S. waters to drill a relief well in case of an oil spill. ... For Mayor Gruben, a good-natured businessman who seems to know everybody in this hamlet of 900 Inuvialuit so well we christened him King Tuk, there's been enough government handouts. It's time for a hand up.
ADN, from Sean Cockerham in Anchorage. The candidates challenging Gov. Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) attacked his strategy for pursuing a natural gas pipeline during Sunday night's KTUU debate in a last ditch push to win over voters in Tuesday's primary election. Parnell debated Republican primary challengers Ralph Samuels and Bill Walker. Democratic candidates for governor Ethan Berkowitz (NGP Photo) and state Sen. Hollis French (NGP Photo) had a separate debate with each other, arguing over who should get their party's nomination. * We attended the debate, impressed with Anchorage NBC affiliate Channel 2's preparation. Veteran news director Steve MacDonald (NGP Photo-above) moderated the event, in which the stage of the University of Alaska-Anchorage's Wendy Williamson stage had been converted into a Television studio. (Other event photos below, and more coverage of the debate coming.... -dh)
Hollis French Ethan Berkowitz Bill Walker Ralph Samuels
Sean Parnell (FB Collection Here)
Alaskan Call to Action: Schedule Yourself For 8 a.m. Thursday!
PNA, by Gary Park: There is no need to ban drilling in Canadian coastal waters....
Commentary. The Federal agency below (BOEM) will advise Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (NGP Photo) on the future of Alaska OCS development. This development involves the potential of 30,000 jobs per year, increased life for the Trans Alaska Pipeline, potential Federal revenue sharing and economic support for an Alaska gas pipeline. In short, next week's meeting will influence the entire economic health and future of Alaska. It is especially vital that Alaskan legislators, mayors and assembly members attend. It would be too, too sad if scores of oil company employees did not take a few hours of vacation time to show up as private citizens and support the continuation of their employment. The future of teachers, preachers, government employees, non-profit corporations and even news media owners and employees hangs in the balance. See this June 23rd Senate Appropriations Committee interrogation of Secretary Salazar and Director Michael R. Bromwich, particularly Senator Lisa Murkowski's questioning. You will be able to provide comments, both on comment cards and electronically, at the event. Even if your comment is as simple as, "I support expeditious approvals of Alaskan OCS projects," or, "I strenuously oppose approval of Alaskan OCS projects," it will be counted. It will make a difference. Alaskans should vote for the candidates of their choice in next Tuesday's Primary...and for their families at the BOEM Forum next Thursday. -dh