A Hilcorp pipeline sprung a leak late in December 2016 that continued for three months.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named Jeremy Price, a former employee and lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, to a seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
In a letter sent Tuesday, the governor informed Hollis French he is “immediately” being removed from his position as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
The report supports some, but not all, of the governor’s charges against the chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, former Democratic state Sen. Hollis French.
A two-page letter from Dunleavy last month charges French with “neglect of duty and misconduct,” and levies five charges to justify the governor’s bid to remove French from chairmanship of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
This would effectively turn the campaign into a two-way race between Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.
“I think there’s a lot of what I would call anxiety in the center and the left of the political spectrum in Alaska,” said Hollis French, who wants Walker and Begich to agree that someone drop out to eliminate political anxiety. Begich supports the idea, but Walker rejected it.
French, who served on the commission since July, was confirmed by a 35 to 24 vote.
Senate President Pete Kelly said he plans to hold votes on the nominees before the legislative session ends.
Hollis French, a Democrat from Anchorage, served in the Alaska Senate for 12 years. Now he’ll oversee regulation of the state’s oil and gas industry.