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Morning Headlamp - Clinton's Podesta Emails on Arctic Issues

Morning Headlamp - November 7, 2016


Podesta emails reach Alaska. According to recently released emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta, Clinton was not aligned with President Obama on Arctic issues after Obama allowed Arctic drilling to continue in 2015. One of the messages recently posted by WikiLeaks shows how Podesta and Clinton energy policy advisers reacted to  Shell's announcement last Fall to leave the Arctic. The exchange highlights the "great news" Podesta tweeted, "Shell's move to halt offshore oil exploration is great news for the climate, the Arctic oceans & the fragile wildlife that calls them home."  Headlamp is disappointed to see someone so closely aligned with a Presidential candidate turn their back on jobs, tax revenue and national security, suggesting that responsible resource development can't be done. 


Former Interior Department official David Hayes, also reportedly a Clinton climate adviser referred to the Bush Administration, stating that "Perhaps the best part of this is that the Bush-era leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas that were purchased for $2+ billion in 2006 are now likely to expire before any new finds are confirmed." Elections matter. 


The Walker administration this week reversed its earlier rejection of a lease transfer between two oil companies, opening the door for ConocoPhillips to expand a North Slope unit and drill an exploratory well according to the Alaska Dispatch News. The reversal of the decision came Thursday, when Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack approved the assignment of the leases to ConocoPhillips. The company is pleased with Mack's decision, said Natalie Lowman, communications director for ConocoPhillips Alaska. "We believe this is the fastest route to developing the acreage," she said.


Brooks Range Petroleum, eligible for a small slice of revenue if the field goes into production, was also happy. "We're very pleased with the decision by the commissioner and hope to see activities on the position in the near future," said Bart Armfield, chief operating officer at Brooks Range Petroleum.


Independent companies, Accumulate Energy Alaska and Great Bear Petroleum, are hoping to tap into easier-to-flow, conventional pools of oil. They won't be the giant pools Alaska is known for, such as at Prudhoe Bay, but they could boost oil moving through the trans-Alaska pipeline and support the companies' more ambitious efforts to crack open shale rocks for oil. After completing an exploration well early this year, Accumulate Energy is now asking the state to approve plans to drill another well to conduct more exploration and test well-flow rates, on an existing gravel pad near the Dalton Highway 40 miles south of Deadhorse. The company is operator of state leases extending across 270,000 acres.


Headlamp would like to finish by offering our thoughts and prayers to Gov. Bill Walker and his family following the announcement that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. We are glad to hear the situation is manageable and wish him a speedy recovery.


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First Reads

WikiLeaks: Clinton Campaign Emails Broke With Obama On Arctic Oil Drilling
Forbes, Tim Daiss, November 7, 2016

Oil company considers North Slope fracking test
Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, November 5, 2016

Alaska's U.S. Senate candidates don't agree on much
Alaska Dispatch News, Erica Martinson, November 6, 2016

Walker administration reverses course, opens door for ConocoPhillips exploration
Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, November 6, 2016

With fracking concerns growing in Alaska, group wants public hearings
Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, November 6, 2016

Oil industry bracing for 11th-hour Obama regulations
Washington Examiner, John Siciliano, November 6, 2016

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