Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma has named Colonel Michael Teague, former Tulsa District commander of the Army Corps of Engineers as the state’s new secretary of energy and environment. Teague will begin his new position on 3rd September after he retires from the Engineers Corps at the end of August. Combining two posts in to one has created the position.
Comments from Fallin
‘Strong energy policy is strong environmental policy. In Col. Teague’s new role, his mission will be to help develop policies that encourage energy exploration and production as well as responsible environmental stewardship. His years of experience dealing with energy production and distribution, infrastructure development, and water management will serve him well as Oklahoma’s first secretary of energy and environment.’
Oil and gas industry position
Despite the backing from Fallin, the appointment has met with concern from the state’s oil and gas industry. Mike Terry, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association President has said, ‘The selection process and decision are confusing and questionable. It’s unprecedented for Oklahoma’s energy secretary to have no working knowledge in the oil and natural gas sector. We are at a unique era in Oklahoma’s history as an energy producing state. Crude oil production is on the rise after decades of decline. The true potential of our natural gas resources is still waiting to be harnessed. It is difficult to see how a secretary of energy with no working knowledge of the oil and natural gas industry can effectively drive discussions and policy decisions on legislation and regulation that impact the state’s most vibrant industry.’
Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.
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