The former state director of the Division of Oil and Gas is coming aboard the Dunleavy Administration as the new commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.
The announcement of the Corri Feige, the first commissioner to be named for the new Dunleavy Administration, was made by incoming Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the annual Resource Development Council convention at the Dena’ina Center on Wednesday. The response from the resource leaders attending the conference from around the state was warm.
Feige, a geophysicist and engineer, left the Walker Administration in October of 2016 after serving for a year and a half. She had been caught between between former DNR commissioner Mark Myers and oil and gas companies BP, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips. On behalf of the Walker Administration, Myers had asked the oil companies to provide details about their ability and interest in selling gas to the Alaska LNG project. Some of those details were construed by the companies to involve trade secrets, because they were using gas injections to force more oil out of the ground. She left to pursue other opportunities.
Feige had also been the general manager for Linc Energy until 2014.
She now runs Castle Mountain Group, a consultancy for oil, gas, mining, and energy projects in Alaska. She has a degree from the Montana School of Mines College of Engineering.