OERB Honors Commission Office

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board honors Oklahoma Corporation Commission District I Field Officer Roger Conaghan of Tulsa for his help fulfilling the board’s main mission — restoring abandoned and orphaned well sites.
The District I office, based in Bristow and covering northeast Oklahoma, submitted 217 projects for remediation in 2008. These projects provided 50 percent of all the sites submitted to the OERB in 2008. In the same year, the OERB cleaned up 1,035 sites using $7.25 million provided by oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners.
“These field inspectors are our men and women on the street,” said Mindy Stitt, OERB executive director. “They know the land and the people who live on it. We rely on them to assess the damage done to the land, the potential environmental harm of the site and more. Their service to the oil and natural gas industry and our state is significant.”
Steve Sowers, OERB environmental director, said the organization depends on field inspectors to find suitable restoration projects.
“The OERB wouldn’t be successful without the work that the folks in District I do. We want to encourage them to continue supporting our mission,” he said.
Other field inspectors honored for submitting projects were Michael Brown of Hominy; John Hurd of Bartlesville; Phil Jones of Okemah; Don Lindsay of Grove; Roger Pearman of Depew; Billy Shufeldt of South Coffeyville; George Schwarz of Ponca City; Dennis Summers of Perry; Herman Terry of Broken Arrow; Jim Waite of Sapulpa; Terry White of Tulsa and John Woodson of Claremore.
With the help of the OCC and its field inspectors, the OERB has restored more than 9,400 abandoned well sites in Oklahoma and spent more than $53 million dollars in the clean-up effort. Several hundred more sites are currently in some phase of restoration and the OERB is aggressively encouraging field inspectors and the general public to recommend more projects. Sites can be submitted by phone at 1-800-664-1301 or online at OERB.com.

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