Headlamp: Did you hear the one about two Crofts and a Crawford?

Breaking down barriers. In the first regulatory agenda of the Trump administration, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget detailed when and how agencies plan to repeal numerous Obama administration rules regarding air and water pollution, fossil fuel extraction and more.

Freedom of Speech. A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota’s main energy trade group to weigh in.

When the free market says no…The Interior Gas Utility announced Thursday that “all meaningful work” at the borough owned utility has stopped. The utility is in dispute over $850,000 in expenses with the Alaska Industrial Development Authority (AIDEA) it’s main partner with the interior energy project, a $300 million effort to bring affordable natural gas to the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Floating Energy. Qatar Gas Transport Company and Norwegian shipping business Hoegh LNG have embarked on a joint project to open a new market for Qatar to sell its LNG via a floating import terminal.  Work is expected to start on the import terminal in a few months.

When Harry met Chancy. “What’s an initiative without a Harry Crawford attached to it?” asks Curtis Thayer of the Alaska Chamber. “They haven’t been so successful in the past.” Initiative supporters would have to rush to get their proposed language approved by the state in time for next year’s election, and they’d also likely need to raise cash to hire people to gather the more than 30,000 signatures required to get any measure on the ballot.

First Reads:

White House details plan to roll back environmental regs
The Hill, Timothy Cama, July 20, 2017

State trade group can weigh in on Dakota Access pipeline
CNBC, Blake Nicholson, July 20, 2017

Project to bring affordable natural gas to Interior on hold
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Amanda Bohman, July 21, 2017

Qatar seeks to open new LNG markets with floating terminals
O&G Links, July 19, 2017

Citing legislative inaction, a few Alaskans might try to raise oil taxes through a citizens initiative
Alaska Dispatch News, Nathaniel Herz, July 20, 2017