Gov. Frank Murkowski has named seven people to the Alaska Natural Gas Authority that was created by a citizens' initiative last fall.
The authority members will be John Kelsey of Valdez; Andy Warwick of Fairbanks; Bob Favretto of Kenai; and David Cuddy, Dan Sullivan, Scott Heyworth and Warren Christian of Anchorage.
The authority's purpose is to bring natural gas reserves on the North Slope to markets in the Lower 48 and elsewhere. It has the power to issue bonds to build a natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas plant.
Cuddy has worked as a banker and chief financial officer for an Internet company.
Sullivan is an Anchorage Assembly member who has worked for Marathon Oil and Phillips Petroleum in Nikiski.
Kelsey is a Valdez resident and World War II Navy veteran.
Christian is an executive with Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Energy Services.
Heyworth is an Anchorage longshoreman who led the campaign for the pipeline authority.
Warwick is a Fairbanks accountant who was commissioner of the Administration Department for former Gov. Jay Hammond.
Favretto owns car dealerships in Kenai, Soldotna and Juneau and is a member of the Cook Inlet Pipeline Terminus Group.