Drue Pearce, of Alaska, was nominated June 9, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects (New Position) for a term of one year following the completion of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Project. "The job was created by legislation U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens advanced in 2004." 
Controversy: Oil Industry Insider
Pearce, who "promoted oil development as consultant to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (which owns mining rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) and the Energy Council, an international oil lobby" , is a "staunch supporter of drilling"  in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). 
In the July 23, 2001, In These Times, Jeffrey St. Clair wrote regarding Pearce's appointment:
- "A payback may be involved here. Pearce played a key role in convincing the Alaska legislature to pay Norton $60,000 last year to write a legal brief for the state's appeal of the precedent-setting Katie John ruling, which was a victory for tribal rights. Norton's brief asserted that the Interior Department cannot ensure subsistence hunting and fishing rights of native Alaskans by designating navigable waterways as public lands. The Ninth Circuit Court rejected Norton's far-flung argument."
On November 1, 2001, Norton and Pearce announced that "the first oil from federal waters off Alaska" had been produced "at the BP Exploration Northstar project," which "became the first outer continental shelf development project since federal offshore leasing began in 1976 off Alaska."
Pearce (R-District F-Anchorage) was first elected to the Alaska Senate in 1988 and served twice as Senate President. "Pearce has chaired the Senate Rules Committee, and twice co-chaired the Senate Finance Committee. Prior to the Senate, she served two terms in the Alaska House of Representatives." 
Pearce "led Alaska's delegation to the Energy Council, a legislative organization of ten states, the province of Alberta and Venezuela. The organization develops policy on environmental and energy issues." In 2001, Pearce "led U.S. Representatives on the Russian Far East Business Commission" and took "a long-term leadership role in the development of the Russian Far Eastern oil industry infrastructure." 
According to her Alaska Republicans' biography , Pearce was born April 2, 1951, in Fairfield, IL. In 1973, Pearce earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Indiana University. Pearce relocated to Alaska in 1977.
In 1984, she earned an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and in 1989 she participated in the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Executive Program. 
Pearce was a Partner in the Cloverland North and 4150 Company. She was an investor/board member of Wave Energy and an officer of Bank of the North. Pearce had been a Chemistry/Biology Teacher in Indiana. Additionally, Pearce had been a member of the Exxon Valdez Advisory Committee  and Arctic Power, a self-described, alleged "grassroots" organization that supports drilling. 
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Biography: Drue Pearce, Alaska Republicans.org.
- Robert Moore, "Public Service, Personal Gain in Alaska," Center for Public Integrity, May 20, 2000.
- "Norton Hires Oil Lobbyist as Arctic Advisor," Defenders of Wildlife (Common Dreams), June 18, 2001.
- Jeffrey St. Clair, "Crude Politics. Interior Secretary Norton hires industry insiders to push for arctic oil drilling," In These Times, July 23, 2001.
- Steve Collins, "Guilty of Crimes Against the Planet," Democratic Underground, July 25, 2001.
- Reed McManus, "Power Ties," Sierra Club, November/December 2001.
- Kevin McCoy, "Enron's clout counted with energy commission," USA Today, February 6, 2002. Pearce interviewed by Enron but not selected for commission.