Corri Feige, respected director of the state Division of Oil and Gas, has submitted her resignation to Commissioner of Natural Resources Andy Mack.
Sources in the Department of Natural Resources confirmed the resignation late today. The sources asked not to be identified as they were not authorized to speak to the press.
People in the department and the division who are normal channels for media contacts were not available this afternoon.
Feige's departure was expected following the recent departure of Deputy Commissioner Marty Rutherford, who was also acting commissioner, and DNR Commissioner Mark Myers last spring.
Although they cited other reasons Rutherford and Myers resigned over policy differences with Gov. Bill Walker and former Attorney General Craig Richards, who is now an oil and gas advisor to Walker.
Feige is also reported to be unhappy with actions by Richards and the governor's office on administrative actions by the division, particularly the request from Richards and others on the governor's staff for confidential information of natural gas marketing from BP, operator of the Prudhoe Bay field.
BP turned back requests for the information, citing confidentiality and anti-trust concerns.
The DNR commissioner's office provided this statement from Feige:
"With a heavy heart, I inform you that I will be leaving my position as DOG Director effective at the close of business on October 3rd," Feige said.
She made reference to other opportunities: "This decision has been incredibly difficult for me, but opportunity rarely knocks at convenient times and in this instance, I have got to open that door! My new adventure will greatly reduce my ‘epic' daily commute from the "Upper Valley" (her home near Chickaloon) and allow more time with my daughter in her last year home before moving away to college."
"It has been my great honor to serve the people of Alaska and work with both DOG and DNR. I wish each of you and all of DNR the very best!" an apparent reference to Mack, who was recently appointed to be commissioner.
- TIM BRADNER
See story in Sept. 25 issue of Petroleum News, available online Friday, Sept. 23, at www.PetroleumNews.com