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DNR Announces New Team Leaders


(Anchorage, AK) – Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan announced today that he is filling three key management positions at DNR with experienced leaders who will be tasked with new, ambitious goals for managing the state’s resources.

Brent Goodrum will lead the department’s Division of Mining, Land & Water, William Barron will lead the Division of Oil and Gas and Kurtis Gibson will lead the Alaska Gasline Coordinator’s Office.

“I want to welcome Brent, Bill and Kurt to their new positions at DNR. I have been focused on building a strong team at DNR to work on the Parnell administration’s goals of responsibly developing our world-class resources and securing a bright future for Alaskans. These three men will be key members of that team,” Sullivan said.

Goodrum, a retired Marine Corps infantry officer, will have a key role in managing the Mining, Land & Water division’s efforts to reform its permitting process and address its permit backlog. Goodrum stood out as an exceptional candidate for the job due to his track record of leading complex organizations and making them operate more efficiently.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and has a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

At the Division of Oil and Gas, Barron, a petroleum engineer, will manage the state’s oil and gas resources and he will be a key player in the department’s strategy to achieve the Parnell administration’s goal of increasing the flow of oil through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System to 1 million barrels per day within a decade. Barron has more than 20 years of experience working in Alaska’s oil and gas fields. He is departing from CH2M HILL, where he managed North Slope, Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet operations and maintenance, and in the past two years, the company’s Canada and Lower 48 operations. Barron previously worked in Alaska, the Lower 48 and overseas for Marathon Oil.

As coordinator of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) Office, Gibson will oversee state regulatory activities involving a large-diameter North Slope natural gas pipeline. Presently the deputy director of DNR’s Division of Oil and Gas, Gibson led the commercial branch of the AGIA team for the past four years. He also provided key guidance on major negotiations between the state and oil industry players, such as the Point Thomson litigation. Gibson previously worked in Lower 48 as a natural gas trader and engineer specializing in natural gas pipeline projects.

Goodrum will start work at DNR today.  Barron and Gibson will start their new jobs on June 1.

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