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Former Apache Manager Joins Alaskan Cabinet as Oil Adviser

John Hendrix, Walker

The governor of Alaska announced changes to his cabinet on Monday, appointing John Hendrix - formerly of Apache Alaska – as the state’s chief oil and gas advisor, according to local media reports.

A press release from Governor Bill Walker’s office said Hendrix had been appointed to the newly created position due to his experience as General Manager at the regional energy company as well as 18 years with BP.

In total, the new advisor boasts 36 years of industry experience as a consultant to managers, oil ministers and the World Bank, the statement said.

“As Alaska navigates this new reality of low oil prices and production, the industry itself is grappling with ways to innovate amidst this economic downturn,” the governor said in the release. “I am pleased that John Hendrix will join my team to help steer the conversation between the State and the industry, so the relationship is mutually beneficial. Given John’s nearly four decades of oil and gas experience, his insight is much needed and respected.”

Schlumberger Oilfield Services gave Hendrix an in into the energy industry in 1980 on Alaska’s North Slope.

Later, he occupied several engineering and managerial positions with British Petroleum at sites at the North Slope, Anchorage, Russia and the United Kingdom.

During Hendrix’s 18 years at British Petroleum, he became part of the company’s first Russian program called Tarasov.

The oil expert has founded several production technical limits and base management practices that are in use by BP today, the press release added.

The year 2005 saw Hendrix’s addition to the Apache Corporation, and by 2011 he had moved to Apache Alaska. Over the past several years, the expert has also served as a board member and vice president for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com

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  • EH on July 20 2016 said:
    I grew up in a time when Ignorance was innocence. Born in 56. Spent much time with my Great grandfather in his hand built, muscle and sweat cabin in Estes Park Colorado right next to the mighty Thompson River. He had made a failed attempt at the U.S. Senate. He taught me, even at that young age of 3 or 4, "Good memories leave lasting impressions!" the love of God's creation was paramount above all things you could dig, scrap or nail together. He had started plumbing when honey wagons rolled down alleyways was the norm. As a matter of fact, he himself built his buisness on a buckboard wagon pulled by a longeared mule. He went through the depression, lost it all, built it back up and through a divorce, lost it all again. In 1962, he died leaving us with quite a nice inheritance. But! The best and most important thing was and still is to this day, the love and RESPECT of God's Creation, this old planet we call home. Ya can't drink the water from a stream anymore, not even the Thomson! Ya Capitalists wearing your blinders just keep plowing through leavening your reckless collateral damage behind you! Just like a mule site blinders, all YOU see is MONEY ahead, not what you leave in shambles. We got algae TOXIC, in our surface lakes, streams and now on both coastal seas, our air is more toxic then second hand smoke and our aquifers are so low they come outta the ground thick as pancake syrup. Now we're in cyclonic mess were we burn more fuel to go to the water store to buy water that is 99% stripped of any good, healthy thing for you to drink in the PROCESS of cleaning up what the pursuitof fossil fuels and profit has created. What was plentiful, important and safe, has become rare and dangerous and you guy's just ignore and trod along. Those Browns and Rainbow Trout my Great Grandad use to catch in the morning were as long as a man's forearm and beautiful coming outta that once CLEAN River. We gotta do better, or she's as done as we're all gonna be.

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