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AAAS EPI Center Working Group on Orphaned Wells

In September of 2021 the AAAS EPI Center formed a working group of experts to address orphaned and improperly abandoned oil and gas wells. This interdisciplinary network of experts will share evidence and approaches and identify opportunities to share expertise to help inform policy decisions.

The AAAS EPI Center convened the working group to:

  • Share information with peers across disciplines and sectors
  • Leverage current knowledge and explore best practices or novel solutions
  • Identify existing data gaps and uncertainties to design policy-relevant research questions
  • Develop materials that provide information to help build awareness
  • Connect policy- and decision-makers with expertise and information

Members

David D. Andrews, Engineering Manager, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission West Region

Bruce Barker, County Attorney, Weld County, Colorado

Joey Bernica, Investment Principal, Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments LLP

Brett Bennett, President, Native State Environmental; Vice President, Rife Energy Operating, Inc.

Todd Boesiger, Deputy Director, Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Ted Boettner, Senior Researcher, Ohio River Valley Institute

Charlie Burd, Executive Director, Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia

Diana Burn, Engineering Supervisor, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission East Region

Sara Cawley, Legislative Representative, Earthjustice

Shannon Chollett, Western Region Orphaned Well Program Supervisor, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Peter Gallagher, Professional Staff, House Natural Resources Committee

David Hardie, Director, Liability Strategy Closure and Liability Branch, Alberta Energy Regulator; Chair, Council of Regulatory Officials, Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission

Jason Harmon, Deputy Chief, Office of Oil and Gas, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

Marilu Hastings, Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Michael Hickey, Orphan Well Program Supervisor, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Mary Kang, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, McGill University

Sara Kendall, Program Director and Director of the Washington, DC Office, Western Organization of Resource Councils

Kurt Klapkowski, Director, Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Tom Kropatsch, Oil and Gas Supervisor, Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Monika Leininger, Regional Organizer, Western Organization of Resource Councils

Matt Lepore, Founder and Principal, Insight Energy Law LLC

Jason Marshall, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, Berry Corporation

Keith May, Engineering Specialist, Oil and Gas Division, Railroad Commission of Texas

Jason Maxey, Director, Weld County Oil & Gas Energy Department

Tom Murphy, Director, Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research (MCOR), Pennsylvania State University

Uduak-Joe Ntuk, ​State Oil and Gas Supervisor, California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), California Department of Conservation

Natalie Pekney, Research Engineer, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Adam Peltz, Senior Attorney, Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Amy Pickle, Director, State Policy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

Luke Plants, Chief Operating Officer, Plants and Goodwin, Inc.

Daniel Raimi, Fellow, Resources for the Future; Lecturer, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Aaron Ray, Associate Director, Environment, Energy, and Transportation, National Conference of State Legislatures

Jack Renshaw, President, C&J Well Services; Executive Vice President, Well Services Division, Berry Petroleum

Eilis Rosenbaum, Research Engineer, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Cassandra Whitford, R&D Associate, Tradewater, LLC

Seth Shonkoff, Executive Director, PSE Healthy Energy; Visiting Scholar, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley; Affiliate, Environment Energy Technology Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Jason Simmerman, Natural Resources Engineer, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Trem Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Berry Corporation

Arthur Stewart, President, Cameron Energy Company

Amy Townsend-Small, Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geography and Department of Environmental Science, University of Cincinnati

Donna Vorhees, Director, Energy Research Program, Health Effects Institute (HEI)

Last updated April 25, 2022

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