Stedman named to National Petroleum Council
Alaska state Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said June 28 that he will serve on the National Petroleum Council. He was named to the council by Rick Perry, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The National Petroleum Council is an advisory board to the secretary of Energy on oil and natural gas issues. Stedman’s role will be to represent the views of the states in public policy decision making.
Stedman previously served on the council in 2014 and 2015, and said he looks “forward to again representing Alaska’s unique position on oil and gas issues as the only true Arctic state in the U.S.”
“During my prior service on NPC I was very engaged in a comprehensive study looking at the potential development of oil and gas deposits in Alaska’s arctic,” Stedman said. That study, published in 2015, is available on the council’s website at www.npcarcticpotentialreport.org/.
The council was established in 1946 by President Truman.
Its website shows 218 members, representing integrated, refining and oil and gas production companies; midstream and retail oil and gas companies; support services companies; electric companies and other large consumers; and non-industry and not-for-profit members.
Three Alaskans currently serve on the council - all in the non-industry and not-for-profit category: Richard Glenn of the Arctic Slope Regional Corp.; Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources Andrew Mack; and Stedman, representing The Energy Council. The Energy Council, an organization in which Alaska legislators have regularly participated, describes itself on its website as “the world’s leading members platform for direct engagement between investors, asset owners, developers and government stakeholders.”
- KRISTEN NELSON