Skip to main content

AAAS EPI Center Working Group on Orphaned Wells

In September 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, Orphaned Well Program Manager, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC)

Dan Arthur, President & Chief Engineer, ALL Consulting

Bruce Barker, County Attorney, Weld County, Colorado

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

Steven Bleem, Petroleum Engineer, Bureau of Land Management

Ted Boettner, Senior Researcher, Ohio River Valley Institute

Jade Boutot, Graduate Student, Mary Kang Lab, Department of Civil Engineering, McGill University

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

Diana Burn, Engineering Supervisor, Orphaned Well Program Manager, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC) East Region

Bill Carey, Retired Senior Geoscientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Shannon Chollett, Western Region Orphaned Well Program Supervisor, Orphaned Well Program Manager, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC)

Ben Davis, Technical Program Coordinator, Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation

Kimbra Davis, Director of the Orphaned Well Program Office, U.S. Department of the Interior

Manvendra Krishna Dubey, Laboratory Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Grace Gallagher, Mineral Resources Specialist, Division of Mineral Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Peter Gallagher, Advisor – Orphan Wells, Office of Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior

Andrew Govert, Undocumented Orphaned Wells Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

Karl Haase, Research Chemist, U.S. Geological Survey

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, Orphaned Well Program Manager, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC)

James Hix, Environmental Protection Specialist, Orphaned Well Program Manager, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC) - Orphaned Well Program, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Jim Hughes, West Environmental Protection Specialist, Orphaned Well Program Manager, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC)

Brad Ice, Field Operations Manager, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Austin Igleheart, Policy Associate, Energy, Environment and Transportation Program, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Ben Jones, Administrator/Petroleum Engineer, Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation

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

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

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

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

Mike McGinnis, Deputy Director, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Mike McLaren, Petroleum Engineer, Bureau of Land Management

Liz McNamara, Senior Geologist and Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

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

Drew Nelson, Staff Petroleum Engineer, Abandon/Orphan Wells Plugging, Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Uduak-Joe Ntuk, Former California 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)

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

Dwayne Purvis, Founder & Principal Advisor, Purvis Energy Advisors

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

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

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

Curtis Shuck, Chairman, Well Done Foundation

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

Georgia Sparks, Research & Development Associate, Tradewater, LLC

Arthur Stewart, President, Cameron Energy Company

Robyn Strickland, Director, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

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)

Cassandra Whitford, R&D Associate, Tradewater, LLC

Nathan Wiser, Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8

Catherine Workman, Head of Programs, Adventure Scientists

Rob Young, West Environmental Protection Specialist, Orphaned Well Program Manager, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission (ECMC)

Neil Ziemba, Orphaned Well Program Office, U.S. Department of the Interior

 

Last updated December 2023

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

PFAS, Sociodemographic Factors and Implications for Communities and Environmental Justice

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Exploring How Carbon Credits are Evolving in the Oil and Gas Sector

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Webinar: First National Primary Drinking Water Standards for Six PFAS

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Regional Reflections on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Northwest

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Advances in PFAS Destruction

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Regional Reflections on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Southwest

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues | Office of Science, Policy and Society Programs

Regional Reflections on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Great Lakes

Office of Communications | Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

Can the Voluntary Carbon Credit Market Fund the Energy Transition?

Office of Communications | Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

Riley Memorial Lecture: Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Pest Control and Biodiversity

Office of Communications | Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

Webinar Series Examines Potential of Green Infrastructure

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

Mobile Voting is Not the Answer to Low Turnout and Disenfranchisement

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

AAAS EPI Center letter to IL committee regarding mobile voting

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

AAAS EPI Center letter to DC councilmembers regarding mobile voting

Office of Communications | Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

Anticipating New Regulation, Oil and Gas Industry Revisits Methane Emissions

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

AAAS EPI Center letter to Colorado legislators regarding internet voting

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

AAAS EPI Center Hosts Briefing on Safely Managing Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells

Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
AAAS News

AAAS EPI Center written testimony to Hawaii legislators regarding electronic ballot return