Monthly Archives: July 2011

Recommended Reading| International Petroleum Fiscal Structures

The competitive context in which Alaska operates is critical to understanding investment in Alaska oil and gas. The Alaska oil region does not exist in isolation.   As with any investor, oil companies weigh one opportunity against another before committing their capital.  As the Fraser Institute reports annually, several factors go into the weighting, but very high on the list is the type and predictability of the the fiscal structure governing the project.

Even though understanding the competitive context is critical to establishing oil policy for a region — and even though Alaska’s economy is hugely dependent on oil — Alaska, particularly the Alaska Legislature, approaches the issue oddly. Rather than developing an ongoing capability in Alaska charged with staying abreast of Alaska’s competitive position and suggesting adjustments as circumstances warrant, the Legislature appears content instead to rely on occasional reports by Outside experts. Continue reading

Recommended Reading: New EIA Report, “Review of Emerging Resources: U.S. Shale Gas and Shale Oil Plays”

A new report by the U.S. Energy Information Agency is an important read for all seriously interested in oil development and economics.   See “Review of Emerging Resources:  U.S. Shale Gas and Shale Oil Plays, Energy Information Administration (July 2011).

While reports about gas shale plays in the Lower 48 have become increasingly common on a region basis, this report is an excellent comprehensive overview of the staggering size of the potential of the resource at the full Lower 48 level. Continue reading