Jeremy Price been appointed to the public commissioner seat of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a seat previously vacant for months, after Gov. Michael Dunleavy fired Hollis French. Price will chair the three-member commission.
“Jeremy Price shares my vision for a state that is both economically competitive and protects the interest of Alaskans,” said Gov. Dunleavy. “I welcome him into this new role as Chair of AOGCC and look forward to his work to prevent waste of our natural resources while ensuring our regulatory environment yields greater recovery of Alaska’s oil, gas, and geothermal potential. I’m confident Jeremy will work to increase collaboration between AOGCC and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Ultimately, he understands that Alaskans are the customer and we are in their service.”
Price of Anchorage grew up in Salcha, where he worked at Salcha Electric as a young man. He has worked in a wide range of public policy roles, including in areas of oil and gas policy, for Congressman Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski, the American Petroleum Institute, the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and currently as Dunleavy’s deputy chief of staff.
Price will assume his position on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, and is subject to legislative confirmation. He is an object of intense hatred by the Left because of his free-market views and his association as the founding executive director of Americans for Prosperity-Alaska. It’s certain that his confirmation will be met with resistance from Democrats.
The Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the State of Alaska that oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state’s police powers. Other members of the commissioner are Dan Seamount, who has been a commissioner for nearly two decades, and Jessie Chmielowski, who was appointed by Dunleavy earlier this year upon the retirement of Cathy Foerster.