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WASHINGTON: Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act; History of H.R. 4; DOE Energy Bill Position, 6-02; Daschle-Bingaman Energy Bill (Alaska, Sec. 1236 & tax credit, Sec. 2503 & H.R. 4 Conferees), Tax Credit; See amendments, "Energy Policy Act of 2002";  "Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act of 2001 (Draft)" & Background Paper, 8-9-01;Alaska Legislature Joint Committee position; Governor's position; Governor's 10-Point Plan; Anadarko Analysis; U.S. Senate Energy Committee Testimony, 10-2-01 - text version;  U.S. Senate Energy Committee Testimony, 9-14-00; Report on the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Act of 1971, prepared by staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 1-18-01

ALASKA: 1-23-03, Governor Frank Murkowski's State of the State Speech; 2002 DRAFT Recommendations to 2003 Legislature; '02 Alaska Legislation; Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline Policy Council; Joint Legislative Gas Pipeline Committee; 9-01 Alaska Models: Canadian Routes, LNG, GTL; HR 4 Story; Cook Inlet Supply-Demand Report: AEDC; Commonwealth North Investigation & Our Article; Report: Backbone; Legislature Contacts; State Gas Pipeline Financing Study; 5-02 Alaska Producer Update; Kenai: "Oil & Gas Industry Issues and Activities Report, 11-02"; Alaska Oil & Gas Tax Structure; 2-27-02 Royalty Sale Background; Alaska Gas Pipeline Office opens, 7-01, and closes, 5-02; Betty Galbraith's 1997-1998 Chronology Our copy.

CANADA: 1-10-03, "Arctic Gas Pipeline Construction Impacts On Northern Transp."-Transport Canada-PROLOG Canada Inc.-The Van Horne Institute;Hill Times Reports, 8-30-02; 9-30-02, Cons. Info. Requirements; CBC Archives, Berger Commission; GNWT Economic Impact Study, 5-13-02; GNWT-Purvin & Gertz Study, 5-8-02; Alberta-Alaska MOU 6-02; Draft Pan- Northern Protocol for Oil and Gas Development; Yukon Government Economic Effects: 4-02 & PPT; Gas Pipeline Cooperation Plan Draft & Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Mackenzie Valley Pipeline MOU Draft, 6-01; FirstEnergy Analysis: 10-19-01; Integrated Delta Studies; National Post on Mackenzie Pipeline, 1-02;Northern Pipeline Act;  Haida Nation v. British Columbia; Indian Claims Commission; Skeena Cellulose decision -- aboriginal consultations required, 12-02; Misc. Pipeline Studies '02

COMPANIES: Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team Newsletter, 7-27-01; APG Newsletter: 5-02, 7-02 & 9-02; ArctiGas NEB PIP Filing Background; NRGPC Newsletter: Fall-02;  4-02 ArctiGas Reduces Field Work; BP's Natural Gas Page; Enbridge Perspective; Foothills Perspective; Williams Perspective; YPC Perspective, 7-02

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5-22-03.  AP, by Mary Pemberton.  With less than an hour left in this year's legislative session, Senate lawmakers decided not to pull the plug on the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and instead gave the agency four more years....  RCA Chairman Dave Harbour (RCA Photo-r) had said earlier in the day if the extension was not granted, the RCA would have to be dismantled in the coming year. The RCA was to begin winding down July 1.

1-26-03: Harbour Joins Regulatory Commission: Petroleum News Alaska; State of Alaska; Commission Page

1-19-03.  Timothy Inklebarger, Juneau Empire.  Dave Harbour, 60, runs The Harbour Company, a government affairs, public relations and marketing firm based in Anchorage.  ...  Edgar Blatchford, a journalism professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will serve as DCED commissioner. Blatchford, 52, served in Gov. Walter Hickel's administration from 1990 to 1994 as commissioner of Community and Regional Affairs.  ...  Bill Noll (NGP Photo, 5-08, with Senator Ted Stevens), who owns a seafood industry consulting firm in Anchorage, was appointed DCED deputy commissioner. Noll also served under Hickel as a DCED deputy commissioner for international trade and development.

1-10-03:  Harbour, Heritage Land Bank, Reference

6-25-02: "Urgency builds for pipeline", Northern News Services, by Thorunn Howatt.  (Archive story)

6-02: "From the Publisher", Alaska Business Monthly, by Vern C. McCorkle. (Seattle Paper and Speech Reference.)

3-4-02:  AP, Juneau Empire.  Harbour, 59, spends up to eight hours a day reading, writing and posting information about the subject on his Web site. Working out of his Anchorage home, he supplies a bounty of information about the many proposals to tap the massive natural reserves of Alaska's North Slope and Canada's Mackenzie Delta.

2-4-02:  "Gasline Online", Anchorage Daily News, by Tony Hopfinger.  (Text Below)

12-21-01: "Pipeline is Deja Vu for Harbour", Alaska Journal of Commerce, by Tim Bradner.  (Download text)

12-01: Alaska Moving Image Preservation AssociationReference.

9-01: "CBC North, Yellowknife", Interviewing Harbour re: Northern Gas Pipelines

9-01-01: "Web site becomes clearinghouse for gas pipeline issues", Alaska Oil & Gas Reporter.

Inuvik Petroleum Show comes at important time

Thorunn Howatt
Northern News Services

Inuvik (June 24/02) - Multinational executives, energy company bigwigs and politicians slept on couches and loaded planes to capacity. The Town of Inuvik was bursting at the seams, with everyone there for the most important energy conference of the year.

"Since the show last year Inuvik has become a phenomenon," said The Harbour Company's Dave Harbour. He produces an informational Arctic pipeline-watching Web site out of Alaska.

About two years ago, high-spiking natural gas prices pushed energy companies to look north for resources. Since then, Inuvik has been in the middle of an exploration feeding frenzy driven by talk of a Mackenzie Valley pipeline.

"The project that is the most important is the Mackenzie Valley pipeline and Inuvik is the starting point. It makes sense that the politicians and industry would be here," he said.

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Gas line online
Web site offers latest updates on project proposals

By Tony Hopfinger
Anchorage Daily News

(Published: March 4, 2002)

Dave Harbour dreams of an Alaska natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, so much that he spends up to eight hours a day reading, writing and posting information about the idea on his Web site.

In a quiet Anchorage neighborhood, Harbour finds himself in the vortex of what some claim would be the biggest energy project in North American history.

The 59-year-old has appointed himself as the one-man news service for those who can't read enough about the many proposals to tap the massive natural reserves of Alaska's North Slope and Canada's Mackenzie Delta.

If you're an industry gas expert, energy reporter, professor or government regulator, there's a chance you have visited Harbour's Web site, Northern Gas Pipelines, at

Even pipeline construction workers, like Guenter Bouman, tune to Harbour's site to see whether a big project is coming their way.

"I'm on his site at least once a week because I'd like see a pipeline happen. I could make a fair amount of money off it," said Bouman of Parksville, British Columbia.

Harbour, who a quarter-century ago was closely involved with failed attempts to build an Alaska gas line to the Lower 48, launched the Web site about a year ago.

By early 2001, the revival of the Alaska and Canada projects caused an explosion of news reports. And Harbour, a historian of sorts on previous gas line proposals, felt the public needed a one-stop shop to catch the latest updates.

Using Microsoft FrontPage, he built the Web site and began posting links to news stories. He has also included reports, PowerPoint presentations, historical perspectives, maps and other information.

Now, what began as a one-hour-a-day project has blossomed into an unpaid job that consumes up to eight hours seven days a week. Besides compiling daily updates, he also covers energy conferences, snapping photos and writing his own articles.

The site gets about 300 to 800 hits a day, though it recently surpassed 1,000 hits for a few days, he said.

Sponsors cover most of the site's technical expenses but not Harbour's time. Considering that as a business consultant, his full-time job, Harbour charges clients up to $125 an hour, he said he isn't earning very much for maintaining the free Web service.

So why does he do it?

Harbour said he enjoys keeping up the site as a public service, as well as linking the present with his past. Those who know him say he is a just a guy with a history and passion for natural gas.

"It strikes me that Dave is online at all hours," said Dave MacDowell, a spokesman for a group of three major gas producers studying an Alaska gas line project. "It is not clear to me when he sleeps."

Harbour got involved in the natural gas business in the early 1970s, when he was public affairs director for the U.S. arm of the Arctic Gas consortium. The group of about two dozen Canadian and U.S. gas and pipeline companies was the first to make a serious push to transport Alaska and Canadian natural gas south, spending about $250 million studying numerous options, Harbour said.

Ideas for carrying the gas ranged from pipelines and railroad cars to submarines and tankers, he said. The group even researched converting gas to electricity and moving it south on high voltage transmission lines, he said.

By 1977, the focus centered on tapping Alaska's gas reserves, which are the biggest proven reserves in North America. The plan was to build a pipeline through the Interior and then along the Alaska Highway to the Lower 48, an idea that is still being explored.

But before the project moved forward, gas prices fell. The companies shelved the project for more than two decades.

Harbour held a number of other jobs during and after the 1970s. He consulted for the Alaska Highway gas project and Northern Natural Gas, which he said Enron later acquired. He was Arco's government affairs director in Anchorage and Washington, D.C., and served as vice president of Alaska Pacific University, executive director of the Anchorage Parking Authority and president of Action Security, a statewide security firm.

About 14 months ago, the Alaska and Canada pipeline projects were revived when prices spiked up to about $10 per million BTU. Companies on both sides of the border have again spent hundreds of millions studying the idea.

"There was so much information out there that it seemed like there needed to be a place to post all of it," Harbour said. "That's why I'm here in this little modest home office doing my thing."

Gas prices have lingered below $2.50 most of this year. While gas line proposals are still under consideration, nobody has committed to building either an Alaska or Canada pipeline.

Meanwhile, Harbour says his Web viewership continues to grow with each new development.

From Quebec to Nome and Houston to Prudhoe Bay, hundreds of people with vested interests in the projects regularly punch up the site.

Ken Thompson, former Arco Alaska Inc. president, said he visits Northern Gas Pipelines nearly every day.

"I thought at some point (Harbour) would ask for subscriptions or get more sponsors and advertising," Thompson said. "I actually think he has a right to earn some dollars off it. I'd pay $25 for an annual subscription."

Harbour wants to keep the service free and hopes to land more sponsors to cover the costs. He is considering charging users for special services, like archived news stories.

"A sign of true success will be the day my consulting business is not the largest financial supporter of Northern Gas Pipelines," he said.

Besides his business, The Harbour Co., the Web site's sponsors are Inuvialuit Environmental & Geotechnical Inc., Network Business Systems, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, AeroMap U.S., Bethel Native Corp., F. Robert Bell & Associates and GCI.

Reporter Tony Hopfinger can be reached at or 907 257-4344.

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