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Walker picked for energy roundtable at the White House

Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Maine Governor Paul LePage and...
Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Maine Governor Paul LePage and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts address the White House press corps after energy roundtable (KTUU)
Published: Jun. 28, 2017 at 3:43 PM AKDT
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Gov. Bill Walker participated Wednesday in a White House meeting on energy issues.

His office says that Walker was one of four governors invited to discuss energy opportunities in their respective states.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt joined Walker and the governors of Iowa, Maine and Nebraska for the meeting, which also included tribal leaders.

Walker has long touted the potential for a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska, seeing it as a way to bolster the economic fortunes of a state that's largely reliant on oil.

State officials have expressed hope for working with President Donald Trump's administration on resource development and land access issues. The state often was at odds with former President Barack Obama's administration on those matters.

Walker says he applauds the President's vision for the U.S. to gain energy dominance. "In order to achieve that goal, it’s important that Alaska has full access to its rich reserves of oil and gas. I thank the President and his Administration for being fully engaged and focused on energy issues—and for recognizing the crucial role Alaska can play in achieving American energy dominance” says Walker.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Maine Governor Paul LePage and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also attended.