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Northern Gas Pipelines: Palmer Chamber of Commerce

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12-11-02.  Palmer, Ak.-NGP Publisher Dave Harbour (Photo-right, with Chamber Executive Director, Ev Kent) addressed the Palmer Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, "Seeing Northern Gas Pipelines Through a Palmer Lens".  Chamber President Elizabeth Ripley (NGP Photo) introduced the program and Harbour  began with a conflict of interest statement: "I may be the only speaker you'll have on this subject without a direct interest.  No company is paying me to support a position.  I am not running for public office.  Like you, I am affected as a family member and citizen who relies on basic government services." 

He first gave a historical review of northern gas projects, followed by an analysis of current events.

Harbour acquainted members with the northern gas pipeline pioneering efforts of the Northwest Project study group, organized in 1967 to study movement of future Northwest Territories gas reserves.  The member companies included TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., Michigan Wisconsin Pipe Line Company and Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America.  Following the Prudhoe Bay discovery, he said, other companies formed an Alaska gas study project in 1969, including Alberta Gas Trunk Line, Ltd., Canadian National Railways, Columbia Gas Systems, Inc., Northern Natural Gas Company, Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation and Pacific Lighting Corporation.  This group, calling itself "Gas Arctic", merged with the Northwest Project group in 1971 forming the historical Arctic Gas Consortium and was joined by gas producers in Alaska and Canada.

Harbour described the "gas wars" of the 1970s, as Arctic Gas' competitors rose to win gas pipeline approval: El Paso Natural Gas, with an Alaska LNG proposal; Maple Leaf, with a Canadian-only Dempster Highway concept; and Alcan, with the Alaska Highway route proposal.  He described evolution of the approval process in Canada and the U.S., the passage of legislation in both countries and the international agreements...culminating with approval of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System advocated by Alcan.

He then related the role of a gas pipeline in assisting Alaska with its fiscal crisis, citing data recently released by the State Department of Revenue.  With no savings and a $1 billion/year deficit facing the state within 5 years, a project producing $.5-1 billion/year in revenue by 2010 could play a substantial role.  He then said that Alaska, ironically, seemed to be threatening the success of any project by attempting to dictate terms and conditions to investors.

Harbour acknowledged the emotional rhetoric still accompanying gas pipeline dinner table discussions today, highlighted by phrases like: "All American, All Alaskan, My Way is the Highway, Over My Dead Body Will the Pipeline Go That Way".  He said that the emotion came from politicians and project advocates who intended to risk little or none of their own money.  "We have seen no emotional rhetoric coming from the oil industry and investment community," he said.  "They have been busy conducting expensive research to develop facts.  Alaskan politicians, instead of offering encouragement and incentives to industry have steadily avoided economic analyses and facts, instead creating demand after demand.  The pipeline should go here, not there.  The pipeline should employ these people.  The pipeline should be built soon or we will punish you with a reserves tax." 

He suggested that when the future of Palmer and all of Alaska's citizens is at stake, the industry funding 80% of Alaska's revenue should be supported, not discouraged.  "We should all be concerned about political leaders seeming to have no interest in bottom line benefits to Alaska," he said.  He said that phantom benefits, like an unspecified petrochemical industry and 'cheap gas' sounded very much like yesteryear siren calls of Alaska Seafood International, grain elevator and Alpetco promoters.

He closed by addressing the self interest of Palmer citizens.

Harbour told the audience that their own self interests, carefully considered, would lead them to proper conclusions.   He said that while some retail and construction concerns might wish for a project providing the greatest 4-year building boom, normal citizens would benefit from a project providing the greatest net revenue over life of a project.  Giving up revenue to subsidize political demands on a project, would work against resolving the fiscal crisis and cause more pressure to create and grow sales taxes, income taxes and draws on the Alaska Permanent Fund.  "Everyone interested in their own wallets, school funding, municipal and state services, quality of live benefits like Mat Valley parks and well maintained roads should demand that our political leaders do their homework.  They should seek the project providing the greatest net benefit to the state."

Harbour said that, like elected officials, he didn't know what project provided greatest net benefit to the state.  "But I know who does," he said, "the gas producers."  He said the bulk of Alaska's oil and gas revenue comes from royalties, severance taxes and income taxes (and a property tax which does not fluctuate with energy prices).  "These give Alaska a percentage 'piece of the action'," he said.  "That means that our interests as citizens are closely aligned to the interests of oil companies.  The more profit they make," he said, "the more Alaska profits.  We should recognize we are on the same team." 

"Any state leader seeking to wrestle down the fiscal crisis", he said, "better begin working overtime to improve relationships with the oil industry."  Instead of emotionally demanding that engineers and investors build a multi-billion dollar project "our political, not necessarily economic way", our leaders should more wisely be asking our industry partners, "What project will produce the most net profits for you and the most net revenue to us...and, how can we help?"

"Wouldn't such leadership be refreshing?" he asked.

Hank Kolesnik, Retired Williams Arctic Team Member, wrote us this morning (12-13-02): I read the summary of your Palmer CC address and can't agree more with what you've stated.  The gas producers hold the cards and face the risk and I'm not sure that they know what's best.  But as I said before they have better and less risky alternatives for investments and those don't include an Alaska Gas Pipeline at this time.  The politicians need to focus on helping find the best economics for the producers, minimizing and not adding risk, and keeping the detractors at bay.  Keep up the good work.”   (Any NGP reader is encouraged to comment on our material or current events at any time.  Personal correspondence will not be put on the website without approval and can be published with or without attribution.  -dh  Our Email address.)

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