In latest high-profile resignation, head of state’s oil and gas division quits

Corri Feige of DNR’s Division of Oil and Gas reads out bids during the state’s annual North Slope lease sale. Feige is resigning from her position as the state’s top oil and gas regulator. (Photo: Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
Corri Feige of DNR’s Division of Oil and Gas reads out bids during the state’s annual North Slope lease sale. Feige is resigning from her position as the state’s top oil and gas regulator. (Photo: Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

The state’s top oil and gas regulator is stepping down.

Corri Feige emailed colleagues on Tuesday saying her last day is Oct. 3.

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“This decision has been incredibly difficult for me, but opportunity rarely knocks at convenient times and in this instance, I have got to answer that knock!,” Feige wrote.

She also said the move would reduce her daily commute and allow her to spend more time with family.

Feige, whose division is a subset of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, didn’t return a message seeking comment.  But spokesperson Diane Hunt said Feige was busy and wouldn’t be available to talk about her decision for the “next few days.”

Feige has been the face of an ongoing fight between the state and the oil companies that control Prudhoe Bay, over the companies’ plans for marketing natural gas from the North Slope.

The state is taking the lead role in a massive project designed to move natural gas from the North Slope to Asian markets. And Feige’s division wants more specific information from the companies on how they plan to make the gas available.

The companies have argued they either don’t have that information or can’t legally share it.

It’s the latest in a series of high profile officials leaving Governor Bill Walker’s oil and gas team. Former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers retired in February, followed by acting commissioner Marty Rutherford, who resigned in June.