(Archived Apr 9, 2006)
Briefings on Arctic Refuge and Current North Slope Production and Pipeline Revenue Issues
As the attempt by drilling advocates to include drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the federal budget comes to a head, this parliamentary maneuver poses three critical numbers questions that Richard A. Fineberg addressed to members of Congress and their aides during a briefing in Washington September 14:
Because drilling advocates have tucked this major policy decision into the budget bill, the numbers in this briefing presentation assume increasing importance in this debate at the same time that normal deliberative procedures are being by-passed. It remains to be seen whether reason or politics will prevail (see Energy Experts Jump on Mountaineer But Get Their Numbers Wrong).
later, Fineberg was invited to discuss Alaska North Slope development
issues at the first People's Endowment Energy Seminar in Fairbanks. In
that presentation, he spoke about various Alaska petroleum development
issues - including the extraordinary profitability of Alaska North Slope
and associated pipeline operations, Trans-Alaska Pipeline tariff (shipping
charge) issues, tax issues and the proposal to build a natural gas line
from Alaska's North Slope to commercial markets - as well as the Arctic
Refuge controversy (see "Give Me A Break!"
How State, Federal and Oil Industry Parties Derive Income from North Slope
Crude Oil: An Independennt Estimate of 2005 Revenues and Implications
for Public Policy).
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