Walker hires former AG as oil and gas consultant

Gov. Bill Walker has hired Craig Richards as an oil and gas consultant, less than a month after Richards resigned as Alaska's attorney general.

Walker's office on Friday released the contract signed earlier this week. The contract, with the Natural Resources Division of the Department of Law, runs through year's end and is for up to $50,000.

Richards resigned last month as attorney general, citing a desire to re-focus on his family.

"We are fortunate to retain an Alaskan with Craig's talent and legal knowledge to advise us on oil and gas issues. I'm pleased we are able to continue to draw upon Craig's legal expertise," Walker said in a release from his office.

As attorney general, Richards was a public face of Walker's unsuccessful proposal calling for structured annual draws from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to help pay for state government.

Richards' legal experience includes areas of oil and gas and taxation.

Walker's office said other attorneys general went on to work on oil and gas issues, including John Burns, who is outside counsel for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

07/25/2016 - 8:08am