Headlamp – Think what could happen if Alaska paid its bills!

All’s well that ends well. Oil producer BlueCrest Alaska Operating intends to drill at least one new well in 2018 from its onshore pad between Anchor Point and Ninilchik, according to a plan of development it submitted Sept. 27 to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas. The Fort Worth, Texas-based BlueCrest previously halted drilling in August 2017 — after drilling two of the five wells it had planned that year — citing the state government’s nonpayment of about $75 million in refundable tax-credits owed under Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit program.

Climate change talk from Trump nominees. When asked about climate change, the nominees for senior posts at the departments of Interior and Energy have very similar answers – the climate is changing, and humans play a role. But how big a role, they can’t say. “Mr. Walker, do you believe that human activity accounts for the majority of climate change since the Industrial Revolution?”  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Bruce Walker at his confirmation hearing last month. “I think there is a contribution from man. I couldn’t quantify exactly what that is,” Walker, now an assistant secretary of Energy, said.  And here’s Douglas Domenech, a new assistant secretary at Interior: “I do agree that the climate is changing and man has a role in that.”

From the Washington Examiner’s Daily on Energy newsletter:

House Panel takes up Antiquities Act. The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday afternoon will mark up legislation that would limit the power of presidents to unilaterally designate public land as national monuments. What’s in the bill: The bill, authored by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the committee, would keep the ability for presidents to name national monuments as the 1906 Antiquities Act allows for. Bigger not better: But it would subject monument designations to increasingly stringent rules based on size. Many Republicans accuse former President Barack Obama for abusing the law and protecting overly large swaths of public land. Information sought: The committee also will consider a resolution requiring Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reveal more information about his review of 27 previous national monument designations. Trump is considering ZInke’s recommendations to reduce the size of some monuments, but details of the review have not been released.

“A page from the playbook of environmentalists…” Medred on Pebble: Once thought to be on the verge of death, Alaska’s proposed Pebble prospect copper and gold mine seems to be taking on a new life. First came the July announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency of President Donald Trump that it planned to lift a proposed ban on the mine ordered by the EPA of President Barrack Obama. And now MustReadAlaska.com is reporting conservative Anchorage talk-show host Rick Rydell – a hunting, fishing and development advocate – could be in line to become EPA’s man in Alaska for the Trump. Reached by phone on Sunday, Rydell said, only “no comment.” Rydell is not unqualified for the job. He once worked as an environmental manager for Bristol Environmental Services, a subsidiary of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation. The company cleaned up old, U.S. Air Force dumpsites near King Salmon on the east edge of the bay. Friends of Rydell said he is well familiar with federal environment laws.

First Reads:

BlueCrest to drill at least one well in 2018
Peninsula Clarion, Ben Boettger, October 9, 2017

How Trump nominees talks about climate; what it means for Alaska
Alaska Public Media, Liz Ruskin, October 10, 2017

Pebble rising?
Craig Medred Blog, Craig Medred, October 9, 2017