December 4, 2012

Interim State Policy Director Named

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
(919) 613-3652
erin.mckenzie@duke.edu

DURHAM, N.C. – Amy Pickle, senior attorney at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, has been appointed interim director of the State Policy Program.

Pickle will step in for Bill Holman Jan. 2, when Holman—who has served as the Program’s director six years—begins work as director of the Conservation Fund’s North Carolina office.

“Bill has helped build the Nicholas Institute into a trusted resource in the state energy and environmental debates,” said Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute. “While we will miss Bill's infectious enthusiasm and tremendous wisdom on a daily basis, we will leave the Program in the very capable hands of Amy Pickle. Amy has worked alongside Bill for years and is well entrenched in North Carolina environmental policy both through work with Nicholas Institute and other appointed roles.” 

Since she’s been with the Nicholas Institute, Pickle has assisted in developing policy for the North Carolina General Assembly related to water allocation as well as impaired drinking water reservoirs.

Earlier this year, she was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue as one of the 15 members of the newly created Mining and Energy Commission. The Commission is legislated by the General Assembly to develop regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of the state’s underground shale gas reserves. Also at Perdue’s invitation, she serves the state’s Environmental Management Commission, where she is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of North Carolina’s air and water resources.

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