Attorney General Sullivan Appointed as Department of Natural Resources Commissioner

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Another Parnell appointee who is eager to get started is incoming Department of Natural Resources commissioner, Dan Sullivan. Currently the Attorney General for the state, Sullivan says Alaska has world class reserves of oil, gas minerals and renewables.  He says as attorney general, his number one focus was focusing on reducing sexual assault and domestic violence.

Sullivan says he believes he has a lot of experience in resource development beyond his tenure as Attorney General, going back to his days as a U.S official on global energy issues during the Bush administration.

Sullivan says he’ll listen to environmental and conservation groups also, saying they’re an important part of responsible resource development. Sullivan says stakeholder buy in on projects is critical. He says the example of development of NPRA permits is a good example of industry, Native corporations, tribes and local communities working out an agreeable plan that was ultimately held up by the Corp of Engineers.

Sullivan’s appointment is effective on Dec. 1. Governor Parnell says the search a search for a new Attorney General is underway.

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