Larry Persily serves as the Federal Coordinator for an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline. While the agency stands ready to bring together the work of federal permitting agencies for an Alaska gas line project, it maintains an active presence among stakeholders as it shares information with policy makers and the public on domestic and international natural gas developments related to the Alaska project.
Congress in 2004 established the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects to assist in ensuring timely permitting of the multibillion-dollar pipeline project, currently estimated by its commercial sponsors at $45 billion to $65 billion.
Before accepting the presidential appointment in 2010, Persily worked for more than a decade in Alaska on oil and gas issues for three governors and the state legislature, including the ongoing effort to develop a pipeline to move North Slope natural gas to market.
Most recent to his federal post, Persily served as an associate director in the Alaska governor's office in Washington, working on oil and gas, Arctic, commerce, transportation and tax issues, and later as an aide to the Alaska State House Finance Committee Co-Chairman, handling oil and gas issues.
Persily served as an assistant to the commissioner at the Alaska Department of Revenue from 1997 to 1999 and as deputy revenue commissioner 1999 to 2003, working on tax, oil and gas and other issues. He returned to the department in 2004 to assist the state in its effort to negotiate a contract with North Slope oil and gas producers toward developing a natural gas pipeline.
He also has consulted on energy and fiscal issues for the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Alaska Municipal League. Persily has represented the state at numerous oil and gas conferences over the years, and has presented on Alaska oil and gas and fiscal issues at events nationally and internationally.
Persily had a long career in journalism in Alaska before turning to public service, including work as an editor and reporter in Wrangell, Juneau and Anchorage. His newspaper career included time with Petroleum News and The Associated Press.
Persily graduated in 1972 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.