Covar, who will be based at Summit’s corporate headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, assumes primary responsibility for developing, implementing and evaluating Summit’s health, safety and environmental policies and procedures for complying with applicable state and federal regulations. He will report to Brock Degeyter, Summit’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
Covar is the former commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
“Summit has always maintained a strong commitment to safe and sustainable business operations, and Zak’s outstanding reputation and experience in the environmental and regulatory fields will only enhance the company’s health, safety and environmental programs by providing new leadership, perspective and techniques,” said Degeyter. “Zak possesses a unique combination of public sector knowledge and practical management experience that will benefit our personnel and the various stakeholders in the communities in which we operate. These are particularly valuable attributes as we pursue new growth opportunities, and we could not be more pleased to have him join the Summit team.”
Covar served as a deputy executive director of the TCEQ from 2008 until 2012, and as executive director of the TCEQ from 2012 until 2014. In January 2014, Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the TCEQ to serve an unexpired term as commissioner. The TCEQ, which currently employs approximately 2,750 employees and has 16 regional offices, is the environmental agency for the state of Texas and the second-largest environmental agency in the United States. This experience, coupled with his service in the legislative arena focused on energy and environmental policy, gives him particular insight into regulatory developments involving air quality, water quality and waste management.
“Summit’s robust growth in the core producing areas of some of the most exciting new resource basins in North America provides the perfect opportunity for me to leverage the insights I gained with the TCEQ,” Covar said. “While I will miss my colleagues and friends in Austin, I am excited to embark on this next stage of my career. Summit’s reputation as a leader among midstream operators, its wealth of talented management, and its exciting growth prospects made this an easy decision.”
Before joining the TCEQ, Covar spent seven years in legislative and political affairs in the State of Texas.