Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Jan. 31 that she has reappointed Commissioner Cathy Foerster to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Foerster has 30 years of oil-industry experience and has worked for Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska, BP, ARCO and Exxon. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas.
“We are so pleased that Cathy will continue her service on this important commission,” Palin said in a statement. “With her extensive industry experience, she has shown an excellent understanding of the oil and gas environment and brings a unique perspective to this important state agency.”
“I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the State of Alaska as the engineering commissioner of the AOGCC,” said Foerster. “The AOGCC is currently working on important projects which have a heavy emphasis on petroleum engineering; continuity in the engineering commissioner position will help ensure their successful completion.
“These projects include determining the appropriate gas allowable offtake for the Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson fields, revising our regulations for safety-valve systems on wells, and reevaluating our regulations and reporting requirements for flaring,” Foerster said.
Foerster was appointed in March 2005 to serve the remaining two years of an unexpired six-year term left vacant when Randy Ruedrich resigned.
AOGCC is a three-member commission that oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state’s police powers.