Former pipeline regulator takes Alyeska job

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A top former federal pipeline regulator has been named the new president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Alaska.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that Thomas Barrett will replace Kevin Hostler, a longtime BP executive who ran Alyeska from 2005 to September 2010.

The newspaper said the decision was announced Tuesday during a meeting of the trans-Alaska pipeline's owners committee, made up of BP, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips and other companies with a stake in the North Slope oil fields.

Alyeska said Barrett is the first president of the company who did not come on loan from one of the owner companies.

Barrett is a former administrator for the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, an agency that routinely has cited Alyeska for pipeline safety violations.

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