June 09, 2003 --- Vol. 9, No. 58June 2003

Murkowski names members of Alaska Natural Gas Authority

Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski announced this morning that he has appointed seven members to the Alaska Natural Gas Authority, created by an initiative in last November's general election to develop, construct, manage and operate a gas pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska and a spur line to Southcentral Alaska.

Murkowski appointed Warren Christian of Anchorage, David Cuddy of Anchorage, Bob Favretto of Kenai, Scott Heyworth of Anchorage, John Kelsey of Valdez, Dan Sullivan of Anchorage and Andy Warwick of Fairbanks.

“The members of the Alaska Natural Gas Authority represent the important commitment by the state to bring Alaska’s natural gas to market,” Murkowski said in a statement. “Natural gas is fast becoming America’s preferred source of clean, efficient energy. With over 26 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Alaska’s North Slope is poised to become a major supplier to a world looking for new power sources.”

Warren Christian is executive vice president of ASRC Energy Services in Anchorage. He has more than 20 years of experience in the construction and oil field services industry.

David Cuddy is a lifelong Alaskan. He has degrees in economics and business administration and has worked as a banker for 22 years. He served one term in the Alaska House of Representatives.

Bob Favretto owns car dealerships in Kenai, Soldotna and Juneau. He is a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Cook Inlet Pipeline Terminus Group and chairman of the City of Kenai Economic Development Committee.

Scott Heyworth led the public campaign for the passage of ballot measure 3, which called for the formation of a natural gas authority and the appointment of its members by the governor. Heyworth is an Anchorage longshoreman.

John Kelsey is a lifelong resident of Valdez. He served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1946 and received a degree from Stanford University in 1942.

Dan Sullivan served for nearly a decade with Marathon Oil and Phillips Petroleum in Nikiski. He is experienced with global marketing strategies for liquefied natural gas. Sullivan sits on the Anchorage Municipal Assembly.

Andy Warwick is a Fairbanks accountant. He served in the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1971 until 1974 where he was a member of the Committee on Oil and Gas Taxation.

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