Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Project Drue Pearce announced Nov. 16 that she will be stepping down from her position in accordance with a request from President Obama.
Pearce said, “It has been an honor to stand up a new federal agency and to serve as the first Federal Coordinator. I am a passionate supporter of the agency’s mission to bring Alaska natural gas to North American markets. I leave an effective and efficient agency with a highly skilled team of professionals actively pursuing our mission. It has been a profound privilege to lead this innovative team.”
The resignation takes effect Jan. 3, 2010. Vice Admiral Thomas Barrett, USCG (Ret.), the deputy federal coordinator, will hold the position until a new coordinator is appointed by the president. The announcement did not detail any reason why Pearce’s resignation had been requested.