Morning Headlamp – Millennials and Gen Z Making the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

There is hope! From our friend and author Alex Epstein: Lately I’ve been writing about the need to teach millennials the moral case for fossil fuels, how well it works , and our new “energy ambassador” program specifically designed for millennials in the energy industry. But the moral case for fossil fuels is just as effective–and crucial–for the post-millennial generation: Gen Z. Here’s an email I got last week:

“I know you probably won’t see this but I hope you do. I am a 14 year old very politically inclined and very interested in fossil fuels and the “global warming issue”. My class was subjected to watching “Before the Flood” biggest pile of propaganda on earth. My class was emotionally abused and sunk underwater by this horrible film. I am currently reading your book and learning a lot from your great work and knowledge. I am currently planning my 8th grade speech to be about industrial progress and fossil fuels, to sort of rebound the “Before the Flood” movie and give my views a fair chance. I feel like I have some leverage over my opposition just like you because neither of our parents or selves worked in the fossil fuel industry. Which means these climate people can’t just point and say “this is how they make money just selfish money makers”. Anyway, I truly appreciate your work and any pointers and extra facts I should know before I give my presentation. Keep up the great work!” -Owen P.

New Year’s Resolution. The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has started responding to federal regulators’ July 5 data requests for preparation of the project’s environmental impact statement, reporting that it will submit most of the requested information September through December this year — though some data will not be available until January 2018. The January responses will include more information about geologic hazards along the 807-mile pipeline route from Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski; separate, detailed timelines for construction and restoration work in each of six pipeline construction spreads along the mainline and the 63-mile Point Thomson pipeline; and a response to assertions made by the city of Valdez and Alaska Gasline Port Authority that Valdez would be a better site for the project’s gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal than Nikiski. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will not set a timeline for the Alaska LNG project’s environmental impact statement (EIS) until it is confident it has sufficient information to predict its work schedule and that of other federal agencies involved in the review process.

The Postman Rings Twice. Oil started flowing down the Trans-Alaska pipeline some 40 years ago. Every summer, thousands of workers come to work in the oil fields in and around Deadhorse, Alaska, transforming this small town and keeping postal worker Les Dunbar very busy. From Alaska Public Media, Eric Keto has this profile.

Domestic LNG. Dominion Energy has announced that the 750 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) Cove Point Liquefaction Project is in its final stages of construction, confirming with EIA that it is 95% complete as of August 2 and expected to be in-service in the fourth quarter of 2017. Located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland, it will be the second large-scale liquefaction export facility to begin operations in the Lower 48 states and the first on the East Coast. In addition to construction of the liquefaction terminal, which began in October 2014, this project includes the installation of additional compression at Dominion’s Pleasant Valley compressor station in Fairfax County, Virginia, as well as upgrades to the Cove Point pipeline in Loudon County, Virginia. These projects were necessary to allow for sufficient injection of feedstock natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale gas plays, which can be supplied by either the Transcontinental pipeline, the Columbia Gas pipeline, or the Dominion Transmission pipeline.

First Reads:

A postcard from where Alaska’s oil industry and wilderness meet
PBS News Hour/Alaska Public Media, Eric Keto, August 10, 2017

State advises FERC some answers will take until January 2018
Oil & Gas News Briefs, Larry Persily, August 10, 2017

Dominion Energy Cove Point liquefaction project
Natural Gas Weekly Update, U.S. Energy & Information Administration, August 10, 2017