Trump Energy Appointee Perry Gives Up Energy Transfer Partners Board Post

Trump Energy Appointee Perry Gives Up Energy Transfer Partners Board Post
Rick Perry resigns board membership on Energy Transfer Partners board of directors.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has resigned his membership on Energy Transfer Partners board of directors, according to a Jan. 5 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Rick Perry
Rick Perry, Nominee, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump tapped Perry to lead the Department of Energy Dec. 14. The days following the appointment have been ripe with speculation on whether Perry would resign the post he took on shortly after leaving the governor’s mansion.

Much of the conflict of interest concerns centered on the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is permitted to build the pipeline, but construction hit a snag after Native American protests persuaded the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to look for an alternate route. Both sides are preparing for court this year.

Perry’s resignation was effective Dec. 31, 2016, according to ETP’s statement to the SEC.

“Mr. Perry’s decision to resign from the board of ETP LLC was not due to any disagreement with the Partnership, the General Partner or ETP LLC relating to the operations, practices or policies of the Partnership,” the company said.

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