The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has selected former Regulatory Commission of Alaska Chairman Dave Harbour as its new director of external affairs.
AGDC is a subsidiary of Alaska Housing Finance Corp. It sprung from House Bill 369 last year to study feasibility options for a pipeline plan to move North Slope natural gas from the Interior to Southcentral Alaska.
Harbour said his job will be interacting with stakeholders, legislators and the media concerning these developments.
His background includes a large amount of communications work dealing with natural gas issues. Besides his work with the RCA, he was the director of public affairs for the Arctic Gas Consortium and director of government relations for ARCO. He’s been a consultant to oil and gas companies, the state and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Native enrollment program. He has also been executive director of the Anchorage municipal parking authority and vice president of Alaska Pacific University.
“Dave’s regulatory background and external affairs management with Atlantic Richfield company and three gas pipeline corporations particularly distinguished his application,” AGDC President Dan Fauske said in a release.
Harbour also founded www.northerngaspipelines.com to provide news and editorial content on Alaska’s natural gas efforts. He said his family will take over the website, as he feels doing it himself would be a conflict of interest with his position at the AGDC.
Harbour described the project pan that the AGDC devised and presented to the legislature in July. It consists of a 737-mile pipeline measuring 24 inches in diameter that would go from Prudhoe Bay down into Southcentral Alaska. He said it would also supply Fairbanks, as it passes by the city.
He said this Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline could be feasibly designed and constructed but that it would be a “plan B” if other natural gas options aren’t feasible. He said that if massive spikes of natural gas become available elsewhere in the state, those would have the potential to become a priority over the pipeline project.
He said there has been a lot of fieldwork to determine that the pipeline would be operational if this happens.
“So we will continue the study in case that pipeline is needed,” said Harbour.
The AGDC is continuing to work with legislative requirements.
Harbour said many areas approach life-saving dependencies on natural gas during the coldest winter months and this necessitates the need to examine all ways to make the resource available.
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