New Alaska Natural Gas Projects Federal Coordinator
President Barack Obama has nominated Larry Persily to become Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, a position charged with shepherding activities by federal agencies with respect to the permitting and construction of a pipeline to bring North Slope gas to markets. The nomination is subject to the approval of the U.S. Senate.
The position of Federal Coordinator was established during the Bush administration in the Fiscal Year 2005 Military Construction Appropriations Bill. The Office of the Federal Coordinator is an independent office within the executive branch that reports directly to the White House. Persily will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of current coordinator Drue Pearce, effective January 3, 2010, who has served as the first Federal Coordinator since December 2006.
In announcing the nomination, the White House said that Persily has worked for more than a decade on oil and gas issues for three Alaska governors and the Alaska State Legislature. He currently is an aide handling oil and gas issues for to Alaska State House Finance Committee Co-Chair Mike Hawker. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner at the Alaska Department of Revenue until 2003 and returned in 2004 to assist the state and North Slope oil and gas producers with developing a natural gas pipeline to serve North American consumers.
He later worked in the Office of the Governor of Alaska in Washington, D.C. and has represented the state at oil and gas conferences and presented on Alaska oil, gas and fiscal issues.