Governor Henry Named IOGCC Chairman



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Oklahoma City, OK, November 6, 2008 -- The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission today announced that Gov. Brad Henry will serve as its 2009-2010 chairman. He will succeed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who has served as leader of the multi-state energy organization since 2007.

"Oklahoma has always been a leader of the IOGCC, and I'm honored to serve as its chairman," said Gov. Henry. "At this critical time in history, it is important for energy-producing states to play a leadership role in the development and execution of our country's energy policy. Domestic producers are the backbone of our energy economy and are uniquely qualified to help lead this effort."

The IOGCC helps represent the interests of energy producing states by promoting safe and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas reserves, energy conservation and environmental protection, among other things. The commission also provides states with research and expertise on energy issues.

Established in 1935, by Oklahoma's Gov. E.W. Marland, IOGCC is the oldest and largest interstate compact organization in the country. It consists of 38-member states, including Oklahoma.

Gov. Henry will officially be installed as IOGCC's chairman when the commission holds its annual meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, later this month.

Brad Henry was elected Oklahoma's governor in 2002 after serving 10 years in the Oklahoma State Senate. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006.

The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety, and the environment. Established by the charter member states' governors in 1935, it is the oldest, largest and most effective interstate compact in the nation. For more information, visit