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Begich Comments on Larry Persily as U.S. Pipeline Coordinator

President accepts Begich recommendation for important post

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today issued the following statement after news from the White House that Larry Persily has been named Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Project Federal Coordinator. Begich recommended Persily to the Obama administration for this post:

"With more than 30 years experience in Alaska and more than a decade working on oil and gas issues for three governors, Larry is an excellent choice for this important position. Few people can match his depth of knowledge and history on Alaska oil and gas issues.

"From his work in the news business, the legislative branch, the executive branch, and with various governmental agencies, Larry is known statewide for his bipartisan credentials and his wealth of experience working toward developing a natural gas pipeline to serve Alaska and other North American consumers.

"Larry has been a presenter on Alaska oil and gas and financial issues throughout Alaska, Washington and Norway. He served as the editor of the Department of Revenue's 2002 report, 'State Financial Participation in an Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline,' and has consulted on energy and fiscal issues for the University of Alaska Institute for Social and Economic Research.

"His credentials are outstanding and I look forward to working with Larry to move an Alaska natural gas pipeline project to reality."

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