Federal Gasline Coordinator Steps Down

Federal gas pipeline coordinator Drue Pearce resigned her position this morning at the request of the White House. Pearce opened the office for the Bush administration in 2006. In her letter of resignation to President Obama, Pearce reminded him of the importance of Alaska’s gas – saying it is “essential to the nation’s energy and economic security.”

Larry Persily  – a former employee of the state’s Washington D-C office and currently a legislative staff member who follows gas line issues — says Pearce’s office gives the state – and the gas line project — another voice in the nation’s capital.

There’s a lot of work to do in the regulatory process with federal agencies, talking to Canadian counterparts, working with Congress to answer questions, getting out information, this is a massive project. People have talked about it for forty years. We’ve been dreaming about it for forty years, So there’s no shortage of work to do on it.

Persily says he has heard of no plans for changing the focus of the job or the federal interest in getting Alaska’s gas to market.

The White House released a statement thanking Pearce for her service,  and White House spokesman Adam Abrams says the President quote “values the Office of the Federal Coordinator and the important role that it plays in promoting our nation’s energy security.”

Until a new coordinator is selected, Admiral Thomas Barrett will step up from his current role as deputy federal coordinator.

Pearce – a former legislators and president of the state Senate — is traveling to Alaska today to attend events in Fairbanks and Anchorage. She leaves her position January third.

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