Tune in TODAY for a webcast of the Arctic Imperative Conference organized by Alaska Dispatch Publisher Alice Rogoff (Photo), featuring Arctic political and thought leaders including: Iceland's President Ólafur Ragnar GrÍmsson, Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, former governors Frank Murkowski, and Bill Sheffield, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, and many other luminaries. (Also at Alyeska Resort tonight following the conference at 8 p.m.: Please join in celebrating the life of William C. Noll (NGP Photo) Monday, June 20, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at the Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska. A formal church service will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 3900 Wisconsin Street, Anchorage, Alaska Reception to follow the church service at the Parish Hall.)
Investors Hub. At the two-day Inuvik Petroleum Show in June 2011, former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark keynote closing speaker, was extremely positive about building the Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline. Joe Clark said that various factors - including political ones - seem to be lining up in the pipeline's favour. "You have an NEB (National Energy Board) report, you have a remarkable consensus here. You have a majority government in Ottawa that is certainly not hostile to the idea of the pipeline. I think what you have to do is take advantage of this time," Clark said in the event's closing keynote speech. Delegates to the Inuvik Petroleum Show heard from the Aboriginal Pipeline Group and other companies behind the $16.2-billion Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Arctic Gas Pipeline project, which won approval from the (NEB) National Energy Board in December. The NEB's approval for the project comes with 264 strict conditions to ensure environmental protection and pipeline safety. Exxon Mobil told delegates they have reviewed the conditions and feel that they can meet all of them. The federal regulatory agency has given proponents until the end of 2013 to decide if they want to build the pipeline. But during a panel discussion at the northern trade show, Aboriginal Pipeline Group president Bob Reid (NGP Photo) said an announcement could come sooner. "I hope that over the summer months, we'll be able to carry through and finalize our negotiations with the federal government," Reid said, referring to the proponents' bid to secure loan guarantees or other investments from Ottawa. "We hope to have an announcement sometime during the summer to make this project a reality," Reid added. (Nostalgia calls us to a memory of the 2002 conference. -dh)
CBC News. Trade and economic development are on the agenda when premiers from Western Canada and the North meet in Yellowknife starting Monday, but perhaps a more pressing topic will be how best to deal with natural disasters in Canadians' own backyards. Premier Floyd Roland(NGP Photo) of the Northwest Territories, host of this year's three-day Western Premiers' Conference, said the premiers want to put more pressure on the federal government to get funding quickly to regions hit by disasters such as floods and forest fires.
Postmedia News by Karen Kleiss. Alberta Premier Ed Stelmachwants his counterparts from Canada's western provinces and territories to help him convince the federal government to support construction of roads and pipelines that will facilitate trade with booming Asian countries.