THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES PATRICIA FRY GODLEY AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR FOSSIL ENERGY
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Patricia Fry Godley as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
As the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Godley will provide leadership in developing research, development and demonstration programs for natural gas, oil and coal. She also will provide oversight of programs involving the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves.
Ms. Godley presently serves as a Special Assistant to DOE Deputy Secretary Bill White. Prior to taking that position, she practiced energy law for 14 years in Houston, Texas, and Washington, D.C.. She served as a consultant to The World Bank drafting statutes related to natural gas transportation and distribution in Argentina and Bolivia. In addition, she participated in a study of Russian Federation energy legislation for The World Bank, and was one of two reporters in the gas and oil transportation group of the University of Houston Law Center Russian Petroleum Legislation Project in 1992.
An Illinois native, Ms. Godley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in 1970, a Masters degree from Memphis State University in 1973 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas in 1979. She is a member of the American, Texas, District of Columbia and Federal Energy Bar Associations and the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment.