JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Governor Bill Walker has announced appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors.
According to a press release from the Governor's office, Warren Christian of North Pole and David Wight of Anchorage will fill vacancies on the board that have occurred due to an expiring term and a resignation. Additionally, Hugh Short of Girdwood was reappointed to his seat on the AGDC Board.
Christian, President of Doyon Associated, LLC, will serve on the board until September of 2018, as his appointment fills the vacancy created by Luke Hopkins’ resignation in May. Wight and the reappointed Short will both serve five-year terms through September, 2021.
Wight, former President and CEO of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, will replace former board member Rick Halford, who decided to not seek another term on the AGDC Board.
AGDC is governed by a seven-member board of directors, including five public members and two commissioners. Upon confirmation by the Legislature, the three appointees will join Dave Cruz of Palmer, Joey Merrick of Anchorage, Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Heidi Drygas, and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken on the board.
Due to BP, ConocoPhillips, and Exxonmobil all declining to move forward in the project, the projected pipeline is currently transitioning toward total leadership by the state.
Walker was quoted in the press release, saying, “These three Alaskans possess experience, knowledge, and resources that will prove vital as AGDC takes the lead to bring North Slope gas to the world market, I look forward to seeing the contributions they make to the AGDC Board, and adding to the outstanding work this group has already done to develop the Alaska LNG project.”
Walker also thanked Luke Hopkins and Rick Halford for their efforts to further development of the project in the time of their service on the Board of Directors .